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In Review: Guest DJ Hour with Kim Ruehl, MLK Day

January 19, 2017

by Cindy Howes, Folk Alley

-Luther-King-Jr.jpgIn honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, No Depression Editor-in-Chief, Kim Ruehl joined us in the guest DJ seat for a special hour of music from the Civil Rights Era and beyond. You'll hear songs that were the soundtrack to Martin Luther King's Civil Rights marches from Joan Baez, Mavis Staples and Odetta. Also included in this hour are examples of modern artists creating music inspired by King's message like Rhiannon Giddens, The Roots and Common.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:41 AM


Hear It First: Rayna Gellert, 'Workin's Too Hard'

January 17, 2017

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Rayna Gellert Workin.jpgThey say the devil's in the details and when it comes to storytelling, those devilish details are especially important. The difference between a great storyteller and a ho-hum storyteller? The great storyteller knows exactly which details to include in his or her story...and which details to leave out. With a voice that's as warm as a crackling fire on a sub-zero January day, Rayna Gellert's detail-filled songs on her new album Workin's Too Hard represent storytelling at its finest.

After listening through Workin's Too Hard just once, it's clear that Rayna Gellert, for all her technical virtuosity as an instrumentalist (she's a first-rate fiddler), has a deep and profound appreciation and respect for the simplicity of old-time American music. Her original songs sound like they could have been written decades earlier, probably a nod to Gellert's childhood, growing up steeped in the traditions of Appalachian ballads and stringband sounds. And the way she delivers those songs? Sheer perfection: she knows exactly when to step back in a story to give it a little room, to give the listener a chance to catch up (the fiddle break in "Perry" serves as a good example).

Gellert admits reaching into her own life experiences for inspiration in Workin's Too Hard, but, again, there's simply no escaping her respect for musical traditions of the past. These are characters we've all met or known before: your down on his luck character, just trying to make it through each day in the title track, your character who warns that going through life not making any decisions is, actually, a decision ("River Town"), and the character with arms and eyes wide open to any experiences that might come his or her way ("I'm Bound for the Promised Land").

Recording with Kieran Kane and engineer Charles Yingling (and other talented friends, including Kai Welch and Jamie Dick) in one room, Gellert pours her heart and soul into these seven tracks. Her voice is intimate and it immediately grabs your attention because it's not TRYING to grab your attention. Instead, the quality of Gellert's vocals forces you to lean in to really understand the story she's telling. And by the time you do that, well, that's it. Rayna Gellert has you by the heartstrings and she isn't letting go.

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Workin's Too Hard is out on January 20th via StorySound Records and available at iTunes and Amazon.com

Upcoming tour dates


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Posted by Linda Fahey at 2:39 PM

Folk Alley's Best of 2016 - Kelly McCartney's Ten Best Singer/Songwriter Records

December 21, 2016

Kelly McCartney headshot 12.2016 400x400.jpgby Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Once upon a time, singer/songwriter records involved little more than an artist, a guitar, and some songs. But producers like Dave Cobb, Joe Henry, Gary Paczosa, and John Paul White have taken the form to new heights, adding textures and tones that enhance the music without ever overpowering it. Long story short: These aren't your mama's folk records.


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shires 300.jpgAmanda Shires: My Piece of Land (BMG Music)

Having a way with words is a gift not all songwriters wield well. Too often, they take the low road of easy emotion and simple sentiment. Amanda Shires runs right past those without looking twice, headed straight for the high hills of poetry with lyrical lines that carve themselves into the hearts of their listeners. iTunes . Amazon.com






cobb 300.jpgBrent Cobb: Shine on Rainy Day (Elektra Records)

One of three Dave Cobb productions to make the cut, Brent Cobb's Shine on Rainy Day takes a similar tack to Andrew Combs' All These Dreams last year, in that it harkens back to the early '70s when country music collided with folk-rock in the music of Glen Campbell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, and others. It's a stellar set the Cobb cousins have offered up. iTunes . Amazon.com







chely300.jpgChely Wright: I Am the Rain (Painted Red Music Group)

Not all albums stand up to a deep, deep listen, while some get better and better the more you linger inside them. I Am the Rain is a lingerer. On first blush, it's lovely enough. But spend a bit more time with eyes closed and headphones on and its beauty will find its way to you. And what beauty it is. iTunes . Amazon.com







honest-life 300.jpgCourtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life (Mama Bird Recordings)

Sometimes a record comes along and captivates your ears within the first few bars. This is one of those times. So much more than just a girl with a guitar, Courtney Marie Andrews has made a virtually flawless LP with Honest Life. Yes, she tips her hat to early Joni Mitchell in a big, big way; but she does so with such grace and gravitas that any comparisons are well-warranted. iTunes . Amazon.com







layus 300.jpgDan Layus: Dangerous Things (Plated Records)

Coming out fairly quietly this Fall, Dan Layus's Dangerous Things made a late-stage, dark horse run to get on this list. Nevertheless, it's a worthy entry, showcasing the kind of music Layus has long wanted to make. The wonder of Dangerous Things lies in its sparseness. It is what it is. And what it is is a beautiful, beautiful record. iTunes . Amazon.com







leblanc 300.jpgDylan LeBlanc: Cautionary Tale (Single Lock Records )

This was my first favorite record of 2016 and stood its ground all year to remain tied for the number one spot with two others. Every song on the set is a stunner, as Dylan LeBlanc dives in to deconstruct his demons and set them to music. Addiction, depression, and hard Southern living are the threads running through Cautionary Tale and LeBlanc alternately cuts and ties them as he sees fit. iTunes . Amazon.com







beulah 300.jpegJohn Paul White: Beulah (Single Lock Records)

If John Paul White has an artistic chip on his shoulder, let's hope it stays there because he has shown us something special with Beulah. There's a dark, almost Southern Gothic vibe to this set. Part of that is embedded in White's plaintive voice. The rest of it comes from the somewhat haunted quality of his writing and production. iTunes . Amazon.com







mckenna 300.jpgLori McKenna: The Bird & the Rifle (CN Records/Thirty Tigers)

A mainstay of the folk circuit for the past 15 years, Lori McKenna has always displayed a rare deftness with detail. And it's wonderful to see her get recognized and rewarded for her gifts on a much bigger stage. The Bird & the Rifle brings together everything folkies have long-loved about McKenna and packages it in a way that a broader audience can also appreciate it - Grammy voters, included. iTunes . Amazon.com







watkins 300.jpgSara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways (New West Records)

Sara Watkins upped her artistic ante on this release delivering a set of songs that is absolutely mesmerizing. "Like New Year's Day" and "Without a Word," in particular are so beautiful, you'll want to crawl inside them, never to return to normal life ever again. That's just what happens when melody and magic mingle. iTunes . Amazon.com







jarosz 300.jpgSarah Jarosz: Undercurrent (Sugar Hill Records)

The second Grammy nominee on the list, Sarah Jarosz has also taken a big step forward with Undercurrent. And casual fans might well become dedicated followers because of it. This is another case of still waters running very deep, demanding and deserving a little extra effort on the part of listeners who will, in turn, be handsomely rewarded. iTunes . Amazon.com






Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:22 AM

Folk Alley's Best of 2016 - Elena See's Top 10 Albums

December 17, 2016

elena see 1 square crop 250.jpgBy Elena See, FolkAlley.com

Bluegrass, country, rock'n'roll, good old-fashioned folk music - 2016 had it all. I found myself gravitating toward slower, more melancholy music this year...not sure why - the state of the world, maybe. Or maybe that's just what caught my ear at the right time. As always, there was way too much great music to choose just 10 albums...but these are the 10 albums I kept coming back to. Enjoy!

Tedeschi Trucks Band.jpg1. Tedeschi Trucks Band: Let Me Get By (Fantasy Records)

As if from a distance, the music starts, slowly getting louder and louder until at last you have no choice but to acknowledge that it's there, in front of you, demanding your attention. That's what "Anyhow," one of the stand out tracks on the Tedeschi Trucks Band's 2016 release Let Me Get By does. This album came out in early 2016 - January - and it's one I've gone back to over and over for the past 11 months. If I had to pick a number one album for the year, this would be it. iTunes . Amazon.com







Infamous Stringdusters 2016.jpg2. Infamous Stringdusters: Ladies and Gentlemen (Compass Records)

It takes a lot of confidence to stand in the back and let someone else take center stage. Well, a lot of confidence and, in this particular case, a lot of respect. Nashville's Infamous Stringdusters invited some of their favorite female musicians to take center stage for their 2016 release Ladies and Gentlemen. What better way to show off their musicianship and their ability to weave and blend with the vocals of some of folk music's finest? "Old Whiskey Bottle" features Della Mae's Celia Woodsmith. iTunes . Amazon.com






HoneyCutters.jpg3. The Honeycutters: On the Ropes (Orgainic Records)

2016 was a big year for Asheville, NC based band The Honeycutters. Lots of touring and a new release - On the Ropes. Their 2015 release, Me Oh My, made my best of list last year and so I was really happy they came back again in 2016 with an album that's equally as engaging. And who doesn't love a song about never giving up, never quitting, and never letting anyone keep you down? That's what "On the Ropes" is all about. iTunes . Amazon.com





Mavis Livin On A Highnote.jpg4. Mavis Staples: Livin' on a High Note (Anti/Epitaph)

If ever there was a musician who deserved the title "living legend," it's the great Mavis Staples. 2016 showed the world that she has a lot left to say and do - "I think about this album as a new beginning in my career," she said when she released Livin' on a High Note. Merrill Garbus of The Tune Yards says she wrote "Action" for Mavis...and also for audiences who might need some inspiration to be brave. iTunes . Amazon.com





Shindell Careless.jpg5. Richard Shindell: Careless (Amalgamated Balladry)

I've been a Richard Shindell fan for as long as I can remember. There's something warm and cozy about his voice and something almost overly poetic and yet very, very human about his lyrics. In Careless, he pulls no punches, sugarcoats nothing, and puts his own unique spin on topics you already thought you knew about. Nature, for example, seems to take second place to the needs and demands of humanity in "The Deer on the Parkway" and, as Richard Shindell reminds us, that's not necessarily right. iTunes . Amazon.com






Dori Freeman.jpg6. Dori Freeman: Dori Freeman (Trade Root Music Group)

When Virginia based musician Dori Freeman sent a Facebook message and a video of one of her songs to Teddy Thompson, she wasn't really expecting him to respond...but he did. He told her he liked her sound and the two struck up a correspondence which culminated in Teddy Thompson serving as producer for her 2016 self-titled debut album. Lots of her songs are sad, she says, and "Fine, Fine, Fine" is no different - you feel like you're eavesdropping on an intimate relationship...one that is coming to an end. iTunes . Amazon.com







Robert Ellis.jpg7. Robert Ellis: Robert Ellis (New West Records)

In any relationship, there are issues that come up and you have to decide whether or not you're going to address them. Do you bring everything into the open? Or do you choose to ignore certain things? It's a question Houston, TX based musician Robert Ellis explores in "Elephant," a song that's almost uncomfortable in its honesty and a song you'll find on his 2016 self-titled release. iTunes . Amazon.com






Courtney Marie Andrews.jpg8. Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life (Mama Bird Recording Co)

Expecting the unexpected: that's the overarching theme Courtney Marie Andrews explores on her 2016 release Honest Life. During the years she spent touring as a guitarist and backup singer for a huge roster of musicians, she also developed her own voice as a songwriter and Honest Life gives that voice a chance to shine. "Rookie Dreaming," one of the stand out tracks on the album, is what Andrews describes as "essentially a coming of age song." So, heartbreak, despair, confusion, mourning? Yep, all here. iTunes . Amazon.com







Lori McKenna 2016.jpg9. Lori McKenna: The Bird and the Rifle (CN Records, Thirty Tigers)

Lori McKenna. You might not be familiar with her name but you're probably familiar with her work. She writes hit songs for some mega superstars in the country and pop music worlds (think: Tim McGraw, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town) and all the while quietly keeps back a few well-chosen gems for herself which she releases every few years. 2016's The Bird and the Rifle is her 10th solo recording and there's not a weak track on the album. "Wreck You" touches ground McKenna is more than familiar with - worrying about a relationship, doubting whether or not it's going to last - but there's nothing tired or boring about it. It's a gorgeous lament. iTunes . Amazon.com






Parker Millsap 2016.jpg10. Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day (Okrahoma Records/Thirty Tigers)

Oklahoma native Parker Millsap offers some sage advice on his 2016 release The Very Last Day: Whatever life throws at you? Open your arms wide and embrace it. After all, he seems to say, what, if anything, can you actually control? With a gruff blues and gospel tinged voice that sounds much older and wiser than his actual years, a guitar that seems capable of near impossible musical feats and simple words that tell a powerful story, Parker Millsap considers the end of the world...or, in "Pining," the end of a relationship. iTunes . Amazon.com






Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:32 PM

Folk Alley's Best of 2016 - Cindy Howes' Top 10 Albums

Cindy Howes headshot 300x300.jpgby Cindy Howes, FolkAlley.com

2016 was a rollercoaster of a year that ends with many vowing to better themselves and their community and to reach outside of their comfort zones. I wanted to express my desire to be better in my year-end list. I don't think it's out of the question to assume that we want harmony through a unified, diverse and loving world. The best thing I can do is listen to people whose experiences are different than mine. Music is a starting point and this practice definitely includes, but is not limited to folk music, whether it be Kaia Kater, Frank Ocean, Anohni or Mitski. I have been attempting to slow down, buy more records, stay off Facebook and take in the messages these songwriters are sending us. I will be reaching out and looking for faces and experiences that do not look like my own.






01_22,_A_Million_cover.jpg1. Bon Iver - 22 A Million (Jagjaguwar)

Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) has again reinvented their sound on their third record, but the core of emotional, infectiously heartbreaking melody remains. Vernon uses religious imagery and numerology to convey a study of deep self-exploration. Using samples galore (Paolo Nutini, Stevie Nicks, Fionn Reagan just to name a few), Vernon's experimental and digital approach marvelously captures the human heart on this exceptional album. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "33 "GOD""



02_Michael Kiwanuka Love and Hate.jpg2. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate (UMGRI Interscope)

Although not an outright folk record, UK singer Michael Kiwanuka's second LP deserves to be set alongside the great soul music songwriter Marvin Gaye. Love & Hate is an epic listen that leaves an impression on the first song (Cold Little Heart) that runs almost 10 minutes. The striking "Black Man in a White World", demands your attention. Sonically, this record lives in that classic 1970's lushly produced soul records, thanks in part to producer Danger Mouse. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "Black Man In A White World"




03_Case Lang Veirs.jpg3. Case/Lang/Veirs - Case/Lang/Veirs (Anti/Epitaph)

Super groups make me nervous, so I tamped down my expectations when I heard Neko Case, kd Lang and Laura Veirs were making a record. Well, turns out I'm an idiot. These three monster talents did not call it in. It sounds like they are aiming to make the record of their lives together. Sweeping harmonies, lush production (thank you Tucker Martine) and poignant songwriting make this collaboration one of the top super groups of modern music. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "Atomic Number"



04_Aoife O'Donovan In the Magic Hour.jpg4. Aoife O'Donovan - In The Magic Hour (Yep Roc)

Aoife O'Donovan's profile has been rising for over a decade and In The Magic Hour is taking her to the next level. Best known for fronting Crooked Still, O'Donovan's phrasing is her own, but encompasses the best in Olde English and Irish folk of yore. Produced by Tucker Martine (who worked on her last album Fossils), this record has expanded experimentation with a little bit more (good) weirdness not heard from her output previously. It seems as though, no matter how much dissonance Martine tosses in there, Aoife's lead is strong, steady and completely captivating. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "The King of All Birds"




05_Mavis Staples.jpg5. Mavis Staples - Livin' on a High Note (Anti)

Oh my God, do we need Mavis Staples now! Her spirit, her history, her voice, her energy are all gathered on this beautiful album. Produced by M. Ward (She & Him) it includes songs written specifically for Mavis by a new generation of songwriters. Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case and Justin Vernon are a few of the musicians who have thoughtfully written songs for the legendary Staples, whose lively interpretations make it clear that this great woman has more to say and thank God for that. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "High Note"




06_For A Song Erellicolor1hires 500sq.jpg6. Mark Erelli - For a Song (Mark Erelli)

C'mon! "I am just a Yankee boy/born and bred in Boston" is your record's opening line!? Mark Erelli, I love you. It doesn't get more classic New England folk-nostalgic than Mark Erelli singing about being in Boston, trying to get home Boston or just being reminded you're from Boston. He can do that with his magic voice and songs, which are among some of the finest he's written. Erelli has spent the last six years as a member of Barnstar and playing sideman for Lori McKenna and Paula Cole. The influence of those side projects have pleasantly made themselves in his own music making For a Song his strongest release to date. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "For a Song"



07_Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker.jpg7. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker (Columbia)

Leonard Cohen's final album is perfect. Cohen, who died the week of the U.S. Presidential Election, gave us one final gift of morose, haunting and beautiful poetry. His magnificent words are accompanied by sparse instrumentation, which, of course, includes a monk-like choir. Leonard's musician son Adam Cohen produced the album and followed his father's wishes in terms of musical direction. What a hell of a goodbye. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "You Want It Darker"




08_Kaia Kater-nine-pin-cover-high-res.jpg8. Kaia Kater - Nine Pin (Kingswood Records)

Kaia Kater is sharp young woman who creates meaningful folk music with a message. Nine Pin, her second LP, centers on the experience and struggle people of color face daily in North America, both from personal experience and from current events. Her roots lay in the folk music of Canada (she grew up in Toronto) and West Virginia Appalachia where she spent time studying the music of the people. Kater's style is strongly grounded in traditional folk banjo accompanied by her deep beautiful tenor voice. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "Paradise Fell"




09_the-lumineers-cleopatra-album.jpg9. The Lumineers - Cleopatra (Dualtone Music)

The Lumineers are not a college-bro band. They were just as surprised as everyone when their "Ho Hey" song ended up being a big radio hit for the Denver based folk band. Cleopatra serves as a reaction to that success by showcasing the depth and seriously smart side of the band. Who better to guide them into the world of deep dark feelings than Simone Felice (formerly of The Felice Brothers)? Felice, who produced the album, has almost died at least twice and it often reflects in his work. The Lumineers signature hooks and snappy percussion still shines through on the first few songs. The second half proves to be mostly Wesley Schultz playing solo acoustic with just touches of Jeremiah Fraites' percussion. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "Cleopatra"




10_Andrew Bird.jpeg10. Andrew Bird - Are You Serious (Loma Vista)

My most re-visited album of 2016 is Andrew Bird's first traditional pop release since 2012. This is Andrew Bird post-marriage, post-child and post-spouse-living-though-cancer, which is a lot to process, so it takes a lot of listens to soak in. Luckily, at least for an Andrew Bird record, it's easy to digest and this a musician who is not always so straightforward. This record changes every time you put it on: the lyrics pop, the strings pluck and sway and the beats are sweet where they need to be. I don't want the smart and experimental Andrew Bird to make such an easy record every time, but it feels so good when he does. iTunes . Amazon.com

Song: "Roma Fade"



Posted by Linda Fahey at 6:46 PM

A Q & A with Courtney Marie Andrews

December 5, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

CMA_Promo-2_Standard-768x514.jpgWhen you leave home at 16 to pursue music, there's no denying that it's a calling even more than it is a career. Such is the case for Courtney Marie Andrews who has spent the past 10 years touring with Damien Jurado and Jimmy Eat World, while also making records of her own. Back in August, Andrews released her sixth album, Honest Life, which is a captivating collection of Laurel Canyon-era folk. Self-produced, the set stacks vocals and plumbs depths in order to get where it needs to go which is right to the heart of the matter... and the listener.

Kelly McCartney: This record feels rather much like a rite of passage -- you stepping away from old, bad habits and into a more solid sense of self. Is that about right?

Courtney Marie Andrews: Honest Life is a record about striving to be your best person, in spite of life's circumstances. It's about finding peace with your flaws and the flaws of the world, and not letting those flaws define you. It's truly a record about acceptance, and realizing that life's not a linear line, but a crooked highway.

Quite a few of your songs are very cinematic, lyrically, in the scenes that they set. Are you a visual writer? Do you watch an image of the story play out as you write?

I'm definitely a visual writer. I'm a film photography hobbyist and, in every sense, I'm always dreaming different lines, depending on where I am. Imagery and words blend naturally for me. I'm always striving to connect a feeling to a story, so it feels more human and relatable. You can write a line like "I loved him," but there's not weight to that until you give that line life. Where did you love him? Why? What's the point? That's where visual lines and imagery come in.

One of the most striking aspects of your songs is how you use your phrasing to make things fit, rather than filler words. "Table for One" has some great examples of that, like the way you draw out "Ohio." Is that a conscious engagement on your part? Are there singers you admire with a similar approach?

That's probably a skill I subconsciously developed over time. I've done some time at the figurative school of songwriting -- the school you never stop attending -- and studied the best: Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell. I owe it to those songs. They almost never have filler.

Obviously, you're getting lots of (much-deserved) comparisons to early Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. There certainly seem to be quite a few winks and nods in that direction -- the vocal stack near the end of "Put the Fire Out," for one. But nothing you do comes off as the act of a hackneyed copycat. What's the secret to honoring without stealing?

Those comparisons are both such an honor, and both those women have taught me so much. There's no secret other than that, at the end of the day, I strive to be my own artist and I'm not going to try and fail to emulate another's career because I have my own story to write that's unique and different. It all comes back to owning your own story and not drawing career and life comparisons to others, no matter how great they are.

In what ways does having been a support player make you a better band leader, singer, and producer?

Playing with other groups has given me great confidence as my own performer. It's also taught me about respect and love. Respect yourself to make the right decisions within a group, and respect others. They are your roommates, family, co-workers, and friends, and you spend ALL your time with them, so treat them with love, support, and respect. Also, it's taught me a lot about the business side of things, which I've never been the best at. But I've learned to let that go, and just try to TCB.

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Upcoming Tour Dates

Honest Life is available now directly from Mama Bird Recording Co., or at Amazon.com and iTunes.





Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:20 PM

Song Premiere: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, "If We Make It Through December"

November 19, 2016

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Bragg and Henry.jpgIn 1973, the late great Merle Haggard, one of the many music superstars who died this year (shakes-fist-in-anger-at-2016), bravely called into question the idea that Christmas actually is NOT the happiest time of year. It can be, sure. But, as Haggard notes in his song "If We Make It Through December," Christmas can be stressful, too...especially when the circumstances of our lives are less than ideal, for whatever reason.

Joe Henry and Billy Bragg decided to take on Haggard's holiday classic and you'll find it on a new playlist from Amazon Music called 'Acoustic Christmas.' The 29 all-new acoustic holiday recordings, by 29 different musicians, add up to a playlist that promises to add a little splash of spirit and a dash of cheer to your holiday season.

And this version of "If We Make It Through December"? It's a good one - definitely a stand-out on the playlist. A bit slower than Haggard's original, the harmonies and slightly reverberant guitar that Joe Henry and Billy Bragg add to the song make it even more heartbreaking.

Somehow, however, the poignancy of a father's wish to give his family a beautiful holiday, one filled with "Christmas cheer," and being unable to do so, takes a backseat to the overall hopefulness of the song, the thought that if we can just hold on for a little bit longer, if we can just make it through this month of December, then everything will be ok.

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'Acoustic Christmas,' an Amazon Music original playlist will be available exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music - both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music - beginning November 22.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:23 PM

Hear It First - 'Christmas On the Lam and Other Songs from the Season'

November 14, 2016

by Elena See, FolkAlley.com

Xmas on Lam 290 300x300.jpgWhat does winter mean to you? Maybe you get snowed in...and you like it. Maybe romance knocks at your door every time the temperature falls. Maybe winter, for you, is a magical, holiday time of year, the time of year when things that don't normally happen...happen.

Whatever best describes your feelings about winter, 'Christmas on the Lam and Other Songs from the Season' has the perfect song, just for you. There are familiar holiday favorites, intertwined with songs you've probably never heard before, and the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future all co-exist pretty peacefully over the course of 12 delightful tracks.

From the horn-heavy version of "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me" done by Davina and the Vagabonds, to the dreamy, acoustic version of Gordon Lightfoot's "Song for a Winter's Night" offered up by The Pines, from the classic heartbreak of "Blue Christmas," delivered by one of folk music's power couples, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, to the playful catch-me-under-the-mistletoe vibe Robin and Linda Williams share in "Together All Alone," 'Christmas on the Lam and Other Songs from the Season' helps you celebrate all aspects of winter.

This is the first collection to honor the winter holiday season that Red House Records, home to a truly amazing roster of folk, roots, and Americana artists, has ever released. And what a way to jump onto the winter holiday bandwagon! With performances by The Wailin' Jennys, Jorma Kaukonen, Charlie Parr, Suzzy Roche and John Gorka, among so many others, it's definitely an album that'll make its way to the top of your holiday pile.

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'Christmas On the Lam and Other Songs from the Season' is out now and available directly from Red House Records, iTunes, or Amazon.com.


Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:01 AM

'HOOT Thursday' Video Premiere: Tracy Bonham, "In the Pines"

November 10, 2016

By Susan Bibeau/Beehive Productions for FolkAlley.com

Tracy Bonham Home of the Hoot 200x200.jpgFor this Thurdsay's HOOT offering, I give you Tracy Bonham performing the trad tune, "In the Pines."

While so many of us are familiar with this song, I guarantee you haven't heard it in quite this way. Bonham used looping fiddle lines that build and eventually give the effect of a backing ensemble that she then solos over. It's haunting and stunning. While we were setting up to shoot and before any of the crowd had gathered in the room, she laid down the very first fiddle line that you'll hear open the song.

"In the Pines," also known as
"Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" and "Black Girl," is a traditional American folk song which dates back to at least the 1870s, and is believed to be Southern Appalachian in origin. Famous versions of the tune include those by Lead Belly, Bill Monroe and Nirvana. If you are a traditional folk music enthusiast like myself, I encourage you to do some research on your own about this song's origins. It's fascinating and timely. Bonham is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter of whom I was a huge fan, "back in the day," and I'm happy to say - five albums and many years later - that hasn't changed for me.

Her most recent record, 'Waxing Gold' is a gem. Check it out at TracyBonham.com.

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Beehive Productions will be back filming the Pewter Sessions at the 2017 Winter Hoot! -- February 3-5th at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, New York.

This is a "pay-what-you-can" festival and proceeds from the event fund Ashokan Center program scholarships for thousands of regional children.

More information and line-up details are at HomeOfTheHoot.com


Posted by Linda Fahey at 3:13 PM

'HOOT Thursday' Video Premiere: Dom Flemons and Brian Farrow,"Polly Put the Kettle On"

November 3, 2016

By Susan Bibeau/Beehive Productions for FolkAlley.com

Dom Flemons 200x200.jpgWatching multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons and fiddle player Brian Farrow perform trad tune, "Polly Put the Kettle On" was a little like stepping back in time. Flemons, also know as "The American Songster" is one of the most well versed performers in the old-time folk music scene today. His sets are always part history lesson leaving audiences equally enlighten and entertained, the perfect fit for the vibe of The Hoot. It was not hard to imagine Pete Seeger in the room with us for this session. He would have been pleased.

Beehive Productions will be back filming the Pewter Sessions at the 2017 Winter Hoot! -- February 3-5th at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, New York.

This is a "pay-what-you-can" festival and proceeds from the event fund Ashokan Center program scholarships for thousands of regional children.

More information and line-up details are at HomeOfTheHoot.com



Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 1:17 PM

'HOOT Thursday' Video Premiere: The Brother Brothers,"Cairo, Illinois"

October 27, 2016

By Susan Bibeau/Beehive Productions for FolkAlley.com

brothers 200 x200.pngThere is something inherently mesmerizing about watching musicians perform live in the intimate confines of the Pewter Shop. The brothers Moss - Adam (fiddle) and David (guitar, cello) - aka The Brother Brothers upped the ante on this vibey feeling with their dreamy harmonies and the way in which they seem to finish each other's musical sentences. I love the way that this song in particular feels as if it was meant to be heard in this 100 year-old room.

Beehive Productions will be back filming the Pewter Sessions at the 2017 Winter Hoot! -- February 3-5th at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, New York.

This is a "pay-what-you-can" festival and proceeds from the event fund Ashokan Center program scholarships for thousands of regional children.

More information and line-up details are at HomeOfTheHoot.com


Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:09 PM

'HOOT Thursday' Video Premiere: Lula Wiles, "Leave Me Now"

October 20, 2016

By Susan Bibeau/Beehive Productions for FolkAlley.com

Pewter Sessions 300.jpgIn my opinion, the most exciting part about filming a live performance is capturing an artist in the moment of creating something entirely unique. Each performance is its own little work of art. Add to that a live audience and the results can be magical.

For the past three years, Beehive Productions has been the lucky host of the 'Pewter Sessions' -- 3-song sets, that we film and record in front of a live audience in the historic, 100 plus-year-old Pewter Shop on the grounds of the Ashokan Center, near Woodstock, NY. The tiny one-room space is only big enough to seat 50 or so, giving the sessions a special intimacy all their own.

These sessions take place during The HOOT -- a down-to-earth music festival held twice a year at the Ashokan Center. Produced by folk-roots duo, Mike + Ruthy, with help from a large volunteer crew, this sweet little fest is the epitome of grass-roots, community spirit and features local and world-class traveling performers along with family activities, local food and beer vendors, and on-site hiking and camping.

Here is the Boston-based trio, Lula Wiles performing a brand new song "Leave Me Now" filmed live during the Pewter Sessions at the 2016 Summer Hoot. It was about 100 degrees inside the little room during this set!

We are excited to be releasing a selection of this past summer's sessions here on the FolkAlley.com blog every Thursday leading up to the 2017 Winter Hoot which will be held February 3-5th, and headlined by Natalie Merchant.

Admission is to the festival is "pay-what-you-can" and proceeds from the event fund Ashokan Center program scholarships for thousands of regional children.

For more info visit HomeOfTheHoot.com

Posted by Linda Fahey at 2:22 PM

Guest DJ Hour: Kim Ruehl

October 18, 2016

speak-up-front-cover_large.jpgKim Ruehl, editor of the quarterly roots music journal No Depression, joined Cindy Howes for a guest DJ hour on Folk Alley to talk about the new in-print issue. No Depression starting printing quarterly editions last year, each having its own theme. The Fall 'Speak Up!' issue focuses on musicians who are known for speaking up about injustices around the world.

Kim shared music from artists who are featured in the latest edition and talked about their various contributions.

Kim Ruehl's Guest DJ selections:

Indigo Girls - "Rise of the Black Messiah"
John Prine - "Paradise"
The Weavers - "Goodnight Irene"
Woody Guthrie - "This Land Is Your Land"
Ani DiFranco - "Woe Be Gone"
Fantastic Negrito - "Working Poor"
Hamell on Trial - "Happiest Man in the World"
Anais Mitchell - "Why We Build the Wall"
Kaia Kater - "Rising Down"
Aki Kumar - "Bombay Stroll"

Listen:


Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:27 PM

Guest DJ Hour: Kelly McCartney Recaps AmericanaFest 2016

October 8, 2016

by Cindy Howes, FolkAlley.com

Kelly McCartney headshot.jpgIn our latest Guest DJ hour, Kelly McCartney, Folk Alley's music writer/critic/interviewer/blogger, joins Folk Alley host, Cindy Howes, for a recap of this year's Americana Music Association Festival and Conference. McCartney attended AmericanaFest - which is the premiere Americana music conference, festival and awards show - in Nashville from September 20th - 25th. Kelly, who is also the managing editor at the Bluegrass Situation, held about a dozen "Hangin' & Sangin'" interviews and performance sessions via FaceBook Live.

In her Guest DJ hour, she describes the events of the festival and talks about highlights from her interview sessions.

Set List:

Amanda Shires - "Pale Fire"
Jason Isbell - "Flagship"
Indigo Girls - "Spread the Pain Around"
Chely Wright - "You Are the River"
Marlon Williams - "Lonely Side of Her"
The Cactus Blossoms - "Powder Blue"
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones - "As You Were"
Rose Cousins - "What's Love Got to Do with It"
Sara Watkins - "Without a Word"
Kaia Kater - "Paradise Fell"
Applewood Road - "Applewood Road"
Dylan LeBlanc - "Look How Far We've Come"

LISTEN:


Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:20 PM

A Q & A with Dar Williams

October 7, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

DarW.jpgTime marches on, even as music stands still... at least in its recorded form. Even so, a certain generation of artists is starting to mark their musical milestones with re-issues, re-imaginings, and more. For Dar Williams, Mortal City represents her breakthrough on the folk circuit. So, for the album's 20th anniversary, she's taking the show back on the road.

Kelly McCartney: A number of artists are revisiting their milestone recordings. Natalie Merchant, for one, did a whole new version of Tigerlily. How did you decide your method of honoring Mortal City should be a tour?

Dar Williams: More than any other of my albums, this was the one that people say they listened to as an album. I'm a social creature. I'm looking forward to seeing how this album has traveled and evolved, collectively, over the last 20 years. It will be like a reunion.

If you could remake the record, how might you reimagine it as the artist/person you are now?

I did go back and re-record some songs, just to see them in the light of the present. I think the songs are the same. I have such a clear memory of writing them. But who I know is much different, so the songs are differently populated, which reflects my favorite part of this whole career -- the collegial part. Being on the road drew me out and challenged me every day.

When you look at the list of folks who played on Mortal City, who's still out there fighting the good fight? Who have you continued to collaborate with?

Such a good question, because it's great to see that so many of us have continued to play out, even in the changed environment. And when you play at some New England venue you've been playing at for 20 years, with an old friend coming up for a song, on a certain kind of cold October night, time stands still. Look at the liner notes: I think every person is still playing, with the exception of Jeff Golub, who passed away last year and who gave the album so much life.

What are the biggest lessons you've learned or changes you've undergone in the past 20 years?

The only constant is that there are people who tell you "The only constant is change," and I don't get that! There are things that don't change and they get twisted up, in a good way, with things that do. Roots grow deep, plants blossom. This career has given me continuity, as well as change. Some dressing rooms have the same plaid couches they did when I first played there. And I sit on them at the end of the night with promoters who tell me the numbers and ask if I know how to get to the hotel. And now we have GPS, so the answer is always yes.

Flip that perspective: Where and who do you hope to be in another 20 years?

I was invited to teach a college course, and then a friend, seeing how much I loved it, told me I had to lead a songwriting retreat. Teaching has brought gravity to my life. I was like a busy bee flitting around from flower to flower, writing a line here and a line there, and now I get to land in one place from time to time and really appreciate how wonderful and important music itself is. I look forward to buzzing around for the rest of my life, but I hope to continue teaching for just as long.

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'Mortal City' 20th Anniversary Tour dates.


Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:30 PM

Album Review: Chely Wright, 'I Am the Rain'

October 6, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Chely Wright I Am the Rain.jpgThere comes a time in all great artists' careers when they release their masterpiece. Sometimes, it's their debut, as with Shawn Colvin's Steady On and Patty Griffin's Living with Ghosts. Other times, it comes considerably further into their careers. Rosanne Cash's Interiors and Jason Isbell's Southeastern both land there, as does Chely Wright's new -- and thoroughly stunning -- I Am the Rain.

Produced by Joe Henry, the collection completes Wright's transition from her contemporary country beginnings to her Americana present and future, as cameos by Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and the Milk Carton Kids surely attest. With help from some of the best players in the business, Henry crafts a sophisticated but never slick sound, both anchored and buoyed by his son Levon's captivating woodwind work.

At the heart of it all, though, is Wright and the most mesmerizing, magical batch of songs she's ever culled or composed. While there have been signposts in Wright's songwriting past ("Picket Fences" and "Broken," for instance) pointing to a deftness with the craft, I Am the Rain takes it to the next level, top-to-bottom. She's credited on 12 of the 13 tracks, but if you didn't already know that "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" is a Bob Dylan song, you wouldn't know "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" was a Bob Dylan song. That's how comfortably it sits within the cycle.

Anyone who has seen her 'Wish Me Away' documentary or read her Like Me autobiography knows that fearlessness is a classic Wright trait. This time out, she applies that tactic to her songwriting and singing. From "Inside" all the way through "See Me Home," she lays it all on the line for the whole world to hear. The fear, doubt, remorse, and sorrow she's endured over the past 10 years are all in there. Even still, it's an incredibly triumphant piece of work, with all of those emotions and experiences close enough to the surface to be raw, but never paralyzing.

A lot of artists get compared to Jason Isbell these days and very few deserve it. But, thanks to its breadth and depth, its vulnerability and its transparency, I Am the Rain feels very much like Chely Wright's Southeastern. It's just that good.

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I Am the Rain is out now and available at iTunes and Amazon.com

Upcoming Tour Dates




Posted by Linda Fahey at 2:10 PM

Album Review: Amanda Shires, 'My Piece of Land'

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Amanda Shires My Piece of Land.jpgHaving Dave Cobb produce an Amanda Shires record was inevitable, considering the superlative work he's done on her husband Jason Isbell's last couple of albums. Alternately playful and poised, My Piece of Land is the wonderful result of that collaboration. Written and recorded as stared motherhood right in the eye, My Piece of Land documents the contemplations and considerations Shires had on her mind and in her heart, from her husband's sobriety to her own shifting worldview.

On one of the album's many highlights, "Pale Fire," Shires teams up with Isbell for one of their first-ever co-writes. The picture they paint together is remarkable for its eccentricity and elasticity, and it's hard to imagine anyone other than Shires pulling it off with such unabashed aplomb. "She took her lover on a road trip. Turned out to be a bad idea. She lost his eagle-feather roach clip, present from some sad Maria," she sings over a steady acoustic strum and a percussive marking of time. "Things never made it back to normal. He was the wrong kind of naïve. She stopped for gas in Oklahoma. Left him alone on Saint John's Eve." That kind of evocative imagery litters My Piece of Land, song after song.

From her looking back to "Mineral Wells" to her gazing forward in "You Are My Home, there's simply no one else doing what Amanda Shires does, from the songs to the singing -- let alone the fiddling, to boot.

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My Piece of Land is out now and available at iTunes and Amazon.com

Upcoming Tour Dates


Posted by Linda Fahey at 1:30 PM

A Q & A with Glen Phillips

October 5, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for Folk Alley

Glen Phillips.jpgSince bursting onto the pop-rock scene
some 25 years ago with Toad the Wet Sprocket's third album, fear, Glen Phillips has established himself as one of the most heartfelt songwriters on the folk-rock block. His solo albums, and Toad reunions, all showcase the work of someone who feels passionately and thinks deeply. Over the past few years, Phillips's feelings and thoughts have been put to the test with a near-crippling accident and an emotion-testing divorce. As most artists do, he filtered it all through music and emerged with his latest release, Swallowed by the New.

Kelly McCartney: You've been through a lot in the past few years. How important was songwriting to your emotional processing and physical healing?

Glen Phillips: I was just thinking the other day about how easy it is to get to the other side of a process -- or at least a new chapter in the process -- and forget about the work you did to get there and the states you passed through on the way. A songwriter leaves a crumb trail of songs along the way, marking the path. It's hard to say how much the songs move me through and how much they are simply a byproduct of the journey. I'm sure it's a bit of both.

I like to use songs as a mnemonic device to remind me of what my higher self is telling me. It's not always that way -- some of these songs are just about states of feeling, and I think that is a worthy and universal thing to write about, as well. Most of them, or at least the most important ones to me, are letters to myself reminding me to choose a better path than the one I might be attracted to at the moment. Life hands pretty much everyone some major curveballs. It's up to us to decide if we want to simply be injured or if we want to learn.

You really pour a lot out of you on this record -- listening merely to "Go" evidences that. Writing the songs is one outlet; performing them is another. Compare and contrast those two aspects, in terms of what you get from each.

I waited a year after recording this album to release it. I was deep in the middle of the subject matter when we recorded Swallowed by the New -- trying to be hopeful and accept my new life, but still deep in pain and mourning about the loss of my home and my identity. There was a period of time when I couldn't sing a lot of these songs without breaking down. A year later, I'm happier than I've been in years. It's kind of miraculous. I can still get into these songs, still learn from them, but they don't overwhelm me like they used to.

"Go" was important for me to write. Kris Orlowski came over to write with me and he had this beautiful start of a melody with the single line "You know which way to go." I had recently listened to a podcast talking about lighthouses. The gist of it was that most things that say "I love you" ask you to come closer. Lighthouses say "I love you. Go away." They want you to keep a safe distance for the good of everyone involved. I was thinking about both my former wife and a woman I dated after separation. My former wife really loved me, but knew we weren't serving each other any more. It was a great act of love for her to say she was done -- one that I don't think I would have been strong or brave enough to do. It took me a while to see how generous it was, how it was the kindest thing she could do for us both. When I started dating after the separation, I found myself pushing someone away in a similar fashion. Being on the other end of that equation helped me understand how a breakup can be driven by love more than by rejection.

You've always been able to craft beautiful ballads that easily steer clear of being overly sentimental or saccharin. "There's Always More" is a great example. What's the key to that?

That song was written with Neilson Hubbard, who produced the Mr. Lemons album and co-wrote "Everything But You," and Amber Rubarth, who I'm going to be collaborating more with in the coming year. A three-way write usually starts with a long talk, and this was no exception. We found ourselves talking about the importance of silence, or sitting with a feeling or thought instead of needing to talk it do death or try and fix everything. There's not as much silence as there used to be. It's still there to access, but it's much more of a conscious practice -- the Western world is a very noisy, distracting place to live.

The other idea in that song is about the inherent limitations of language. We can't describe things unless we name them, but as soon as we name them, we limit our perception. Words end up being these tiny stepping stones in a vast lake.

"The Easy Ones" offers up some pretty sage advice that, I presume, you were pointing at yourself. But it applies to the entire songwriting community and beyond. You proved, with Toad, that "pop" songs can have both style and substance. So why do you think so many don't?

"The Easy Ones" was written for the Santa Barbara chapter of the Bushwick Book Club. They have a bunch of songwriters read a book and write a song or two about it. Our book was The Art of Happiness by HH the Dalai Lama. It's loosely based on the idea of Tonglen, as described in the book, which is a meditation where you breathe in while concentrating on a troubling individual or situation and breathe out compassion and love toward that same point of focus. It's recommended that you don't focus on the easy people in your life, that you will go deeper if you practice unconditional love for the ones that aren't so easy.

I like that song. It's fairly universally applicable. As far as pop songs with style and substance... who knows?! I've always been drawn to the thornier questions. My family liked to talk about politics and religion around the table, so it came as a shock when I found out that those are the two things you're not supposed to address in polite conversation. I just write about what I'm interested in.

In addition to your new solo album, this year also marked the 25th anniversary of Fear. What's the overriding lesson or perspective gleaned when you look back from now to then?

Over and over, the lesson is that a little more gratitude would always have been a good idea. Then again, I am where I am. I wouldn't be here, happy in the way I am right now, unless I lived the life I lived. I lost a couple decades to severe depression. It was hard on the people around me, particularly my former wife and bandmates. I was kind of a wreck. Nothing was even particularly wrong in my life; it was just an exercise in self-inflicted pain. I can look back at it now and see it as a waste or as an extended master course in developing compassion. It means I can serve others and be present for the ones I love in a way I wouldn't be able to otherwise. Still -- a little more gratitude always is never a bad thing.

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Swallowed By the New is available now at iTunes or directly from Glen Phillips' Bandcamp site or online store.

Upcoming Tour Dates






Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:08 PM

Laura Cortese Guest DJs with Cindy Howes

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards Official by Patrik Bonnet[5] copy.jpgInnovative Boston fiddle quartet, Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards are currently working on a new album with the help of producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive). Although Cortese has released several albums under her own name, including two solo albums, she has been touring as Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards for the past few years. The lineup, along with Cortese, is made up of Valerie Thompson (cello/vocals), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vocals), and bassist Natalie Bohrn. Cortese joined Cindy Howes on Folk Alley recently for a Guest DJ set and to talk about the band's Pledge Music campaign in order to fund the album, which is due out in the first half of 2017.

{{**Note: In the interview with Laura, it's mentioned that her Pledge Music campaign to fund the new record ends September 26th, however that deadline has been extended to October 13th.**}}

Laura Cortese's Guest DJ selections:

1. Kris Drever, "When We Roll In the Morning," from If Wishes Were Horses

2. The Roches, "Hammond Song," from The Roches

3. Khari Wendell Mcclelland, "Roll On," from Fleeting Is The Time

4. Tim O'Brien, "Farewell Angelina," from Red on Blonde

5. Anais Mitchell, "Why We Build The Wall," from XOA

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Listen to Laura Cortese's Guest DJ set here:

Posted by Linda Fahey at 6:26 PM

PLAYLIST: Folk Alley nationally syndicated radio show #160929

Thumbnail image for Folk-Alley-Logo_medium.jpgPLAYLIST: Folk Alley nationally syndicated radio show #160929. Aired between September 30 - October 6, 2016. Hosted by Elena See

Artist - Title - Album - Label

(Hour One)

Leonard Cohen - Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye - The Best Of - Columbia

Sam Bush - Greenbrier - Storyman - Sugar Hill

Gillian Welch - Red Clay Halo - Time (The Revelator) - Acony

Carolina Chocolate Drops (in studio) - Pretty Little Girl - Exclusive Folk Alley in-studio recording - Exclusive Folk Alley recordings

Rhiannon Giddens - Black Is the Color - Tomorrow is My Turn - Nonesuch

Jason Isbell - 24 Frames - Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free - Southeastern

Margo Price - Hands of Time - Midwest Farmer's Daughter - Third Man

Chris Stapleton - Traveller - Traveller - Mercury Nashville

Sara Watkins - Frederick (instrumental) - Sara Watkins - Nonesuch

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now - The Traveling Kind - Nonesuch

Greensky Bluegrass - Fixin' To Ruin - Shouted, Written Down and Quoted - Big Blue Zoo (Thirty Tigers)

Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur - Sweet to Mama - Penny's Farm - Kingswood

Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore w/ Brigid & Lucy Moore - The Day I Die - Daughters - Remington Road

Mavis Staples - History, Now - Livin' On A High Note - Anti

Taj Mahal - Take a Giant Step - The Essential - Columbia

(Hour Two)

Tom Waits - Step Right Up - Small Change - Asylum

The Devil Makes Three - Come On Up To the House - Redemption & Ruin - New West

Sierra Hull - Black River - Weighted Mind - Rounder

The Earls of Leicester - Flint Hill Special - Rattle & Roar - Rounder

Steep Canyon Rangers - Radio - Radio - Rounder

River Whyless - Life Crisis - We Are the Light - Roll Call

Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs - I Want To Be Here - case/lang/veirs - Anti/Epitaph

John Prine (w/ Alison Krauss) - Falling In Love Again - For Better, Or Worse - Oh Boy (Thirty Tigers)

Willie Nelson (feat. Alison Krauss) - No Mas Amor - To All the Girls.... - Sony Legacy

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Killing the Blues - Raising Sand - Rounder

Jonah Tolchin - I Wonder - Thousand Mile Night - Yep Roc

Martin Simpson - Molly As She Swings - Vagrant Stanzas - Topic

Jimmy Lafave - Shining On Through - Blue Nightfall - Red House

Bob Weir - Ghost Towns - Blue Mountain - Columbia/Legacy

Laura Marling - Ghosts - Alas I Cannot Swim - Ribbon



Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show, hosted by Elena See, is produced by WKSU (NPR-affiliate in Kent, OH). The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. Stations may air the show as either a one-, or two-hour program. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried by approximately 50 stations nationally. Folk Alley also presents a 24/7 hosted Internet channel available at FolkAlley.com, TuneIn, iTunes and more. :: for more information contact Linda Fahey at 518-354-8077: Linda@folkalley.com

Posted by Linda Fahey at 3:28 PM

Hear It First: Tom Brosseau, 'North Dakota Impressions'

September 13, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Tom Brosseau ND Impressions.jpgSinger/songwriter Tom Brosseau moves through the world and comes to his art at a pace and a pitch unlike most others. Maybe it's that he's from North Dakota. Maybe it's that he's an old-school folkie. Maybe it's both. Maybe it's neither. Doesn't matter, really. What he offers up, musically, is something special. His latest release, North Dakota Impressions, completes the trilogy started with Grass Punks and Perfect Abandon, and continues his partnership with Sean Watkins as producer. It's an interesting and introspective song cycle, in typical Brosseau fashion.

Kelly McCartney: Quaint small towns and simple, humble lives are very often the punchlines of jokes -- except in election years when those values get waved around on flagpoles. Why do you think we have such a push-pull relationship with the Heartland way of life?

Tom Brosseau: Local news reporter and family friend, Marilyn Hagerty, was over to my parents' house for dinner the other week when I was home visiting. My father grilled, my mother made her famous "don't scare the cabbage" coleslaw, and we all drank a cold Grain Belt beer. It was a nice evening. We ate on the back deck.

Ever inquisitive and interested in relation to my new album, North Dakota Impressions, Marilyn wondered what I thought was so funny to non-North Dakotans about North Dakota. That was her particular take on the meaning of my new album title, anyway, and to be honest, I didn't quite know how to respond. But I could see what she was getting at. In the past, while on tour, I've been asked where I'm from and when I say North Dakota, people seem to be so caught up in the idea of a state that far north that they'll let out a little laugh, like their funny button just got brushed.

The search for community and connection are at the heart of social media... which often pulls people away from their actual communities and connections. What role do you see your music -- or music, in general -- playing to help tether folks to what's true?

One of the more interesting aspects of music these days is vinyl. You might say it's made a comeback. I used to be a record store hound at Budget Music in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Vinyl had, at the point I started buying music, been phased out. Completely. Today, half the store is devoted to it.

The vinyl enthusiasts appreciate the physicality of music. The relative expansiveness of the album artwork, the actual weight of the vinyl itself, and, since it seems vinyl manufacturers are boutique, they piece it all together bit by bit, and feature special colors and packaging. There's much to marvel at.

As a recording artist, it's a pleasure to have my music on vinyl. It makes me feel like I'll never die. Vinyl is like stone.

Home, for many people, is equated with a specific place. But it can also be a state of mind and heart that is carried along. Which is it for you? Or is it something else entirely?

When I'm away from North Dakota, I can feel it in my heart and, when I'm in North Dakota, I can feel it in my heart. It's better to be in North Dakota.

Talk to me about working with Sean Watkins. How'd that feel? What did he bring, as an artist/producer, that someone else might not have offered?

Sean Watkins produced my 2014 Crossbill Records release, Grass Punks. The work ethic we created for that album transferred to North Dakota Impressions. But then, it was a whole new deal. A whole new deal because this time around we knew just what to expect from one another, and that meant we needed to figure out a way to stay distracted enough in order to be magical.

Folk music can be very much like the Bible. So much of everything -- literature, art, culture, quoting -- is based on the Bible. In music -- pop, country, rock -- so much goes back to folk music, and Sean grew up with folk music. So it's like he has these laws instilled in him that he follows. Ask me how it feels to work with Sean, and I have to say it feels very truthful.

This album is the final installment of a trilogy, so where do you go next, artistically speaking?

Home, identity and local. These are at the heart of Grass Punks, Perfect Abandon, and North Dakota Impressions. But my work here is just beginning! I'll continue to explore these themes. In the work of others, like the Carter Family, for a covers album, and in my own work, too. Maybe for my next solo album, I'll head west for new material, to the oil fields, and see what else I can find.

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North Dakota Impressions is out on September 16th via Crossbill Records and available at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming Tour Dates


Posted by Linda Fahey at 2:50 PM

Video Premiere: Gregory Alan Isakov, "The Stable Song"

August 30, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Thumbnail image for gregory_alan_isakov4_400x400by-blue-caleel_wide-8b534600d6c0ffd89e0b2b9a21fc9088b985f8b2-s900-c85 copy.jpgMore so than many of his peers, Gregory Alan Isakov has a magical, mystical way with a folk song. There's a tenderness to his approach that never tips into the abyss of corniness that befalls so many others. His new collaborative album, Gregory Alan Isakov and the Colorado Symphony, is a perfect example, as the orchestra so easily floats under, around, and above his compositions.

"One of the things we were really going for, making this record, was a symphonic element that allowed the songs to breathe and maintain a sense of space," Isakov says. "And I love how it came out -- so many hands were involved with the arrangements, scores, mixing, artwork, and video work."

On its own, "The Stable Song" epitomizes what sets Isakov apart. Add on the Colorado Symphony and a throwback video, and the die is cast. Isakov turned to his bassist, John Grigsby, to make the video using a combination of vintage footage and live "actors" folded into each other through animation and editing. As Isakov tells it, "John Grigsby is one of the most creative animators and musicians I know. I love how our collaboration with this video took shape. I think that's why I love playing with John in the band, as well. Songs, for me, don't really exist in the literal world. I love how this video allows the viewer to dream up their own take on the song."

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Gregory Alan Isakov and the Colorado Symphony is out now and available at iTunes and Amazon.com

Upcoming Tour Dates


Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:32 PM

PLAYLIST: Folk Alley nationally syndicated radio show #160825

August 28, 2016

Thumbnail image for Folk-Alley-Logo_medium.jpgPLAYLIST: Folk Alley nationally syndicated radio show #160825. Aired between Aug 26 - Sept 1, 2016. Hosted by Elena See

Artist - Title - Album - Label

(Hour ONE) - featuring our in-studio session with Ani DiFranco from the 2016 30A Songwriters Festival

John Prine (feat. Susan Tedeschi) - Color of the Blues - For Better, Or Worse - Oh Boy / Thirty Tigers

Jerry Douglas - Monroe's Hornpipe - Under The Wire - Sugar Hill

Amos Lee - Spirit - Spirit - Republic

Gary Clark Jr. - Take Me Down - Gary Clark Jr. - Warner Bros.

Steve Earle - The Gulf Of Mexico - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive - New West

Ani DiFranco - Allergic To Water (in-studio) - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Ani DiFranco - Play God (in-studio) - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Ani DiFranco - Binary (in-studio) - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Pete Seeger (w/ B.Bragg,Ani D,S.Earle) - Bring Them Home - SEEDS:Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 3 - Appleseed

Pete Seeger - If I Had a Hammer - Sing-A-Long - Smithsonian

(Hour TWO)

Martin Sexton - Shut Up and Sing - Mixtape of the Open Road - Kitchen Table

We Banjo 3 - Good Time Old Time - String Theory - We Banjo 3

Uncle Earl - Bony on the Isle of St. Helena - Waterloo, Tennessee - Rounder

Norah Jones - Carry On - Day Breaks - Blue Note

The Little Willies - I Gotta Get Drunk - The Little Willies - Milking Bull

Dietrich Strause - Rainy Days - How Cruel That Hunger Binds - Dietrich Strause

Shawn Colvin - Not A Drop Of Rain - Uncovered - Fantasy/Concord

The Foghorn Stringband - Columbus Stockade Blues - Devil In the Seat - Foghorn Music

Anna & Elizabeth - Heap of Horses - Sun To Sun - Free Dirt

O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor - Always Do - Coming Home - Rounder

Bob Weir - Only A River - Blue Mountain - Columbia/Legacy

Grateful Dead Tribute - Friend of the Devil - Pickin' on the Grateful Dead: Tribute - CMH

Grateful Dead - Monkey and the Engineer - Reckoning - Arista

The Stray Birds - All the News - Magic Fire - Yep Roc

Amy Helm - Good News - Didn't It Rain - Entertainment One




Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show, hosted by Elena See, is produced by WKSU (NPR-affiliate in Kent, OH). The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. Stations may air the show as either a one-, or two-hour program. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried by approximately 50 stations nationally. Folk Alley also presents a 24/7 hosted Internet channel available at FolkAlley.com, TuneIn, iTunes and more. :: for more information contact Linda Fahey at 518-354-8077: Linda@folkalley.com

Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:07 PM

Hear It First: Dietrich Strause, 'How Cruel That Hunger Binds'

August 22, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Dietrich How Cruel That Hungr Binds 400.jpgWhen Dietrich Strause decided he wanted to make a new record, he recruited a bunch of the most talented folks in the New England indie-folk scene, including Alec Spiegelman, Lyle Brewer, Amy Correia, and Mark Erelli, then got Zachariah Hickman and Sam Kassirer to helm the whole thing at Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine. The result, 'How Cruel That Hunger Binds,' is an artistic work that feels simultaneously big and small: It has a broad vision coupled with an intimate execution.

Punctuated with horns here, vibes there, and woodwinds elsewhere, the aural landscape expands and contracts to suit the needs of each piece. Though much of the overarching production credit surely goes to Hickman, it all begins with the songs with which Strause has an intriguing relationship.

"The songs I write are some of my closest friends -- which is why, in the past, recording music was a type of grieving. Committing to an approach or a particular take of a song was saying goodbye to an old friend for the last time, like waving from the window of a car you're not driving," Strause says. "But throughout recording 'How Cruel That Hunger Binds,' I felt like I was making new friends; I was on the other end of the cycle. I didn't dwell on what I was losing, but embraced all that I was gaining. I think it's a fitting musical backdrop for the lyrics, which revolve around desire, love, lust, and adventurous hearts."

Highlights of the set include "The Beast That Rolls Within," "Spring Has Sprung," and "Boy Born to Die." According to Strause, "The album's title comes from 'Boy Born to Die,' but the song that holds the essence of the album is 'Lying in Your Arms.' There's a cruelty in the cycle of our nature -- we destroy to survive. We say goodbye to old friends to make way for new ones. The Beatles sang, 'All You Need is Love,' but I suppose these songs are about how all you need is to love."

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'How Cruel That Hunger Binds' will be released August 26 and is available for pre-order at iTunes and HERE.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:29 PM

A Q & A with Sara Watkins

August 21, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Sara Watkins 400sq.jpgA lot of roots music lovers have watched Sara Watkins (and her brother Sean) grow up, personally and professionally, over the past couple of decades. As members of Nickel Creek and the Watkins Family Hour band, the two are bound together in many hearts and minds. But they both have solo careers, as well, and Sara's new set, 'Young in All the Wrong Ways,' does much to establish her singular, crystalline voice, literally and musically. The impressive collection marks a stepping out for her... and a coming of age.

Kelly McCartney: What was different about your songwriting approach on this set?

Sara Watkins: There was a point that I started to become aware that songs were starting to come out, and I could feel that I still had more to say. This led to a chunk of time in which, whenever I could, I'd wake up around 7:30 or 8, make coffee, and -- without looking at my phone to check email, texts or news -- sit outside at a table with a guitar and some paper. I got some good work done out there.

Did you have a sonic vision going in or did that evolve?

The sonic vision was pretty broad strokes. It was more about getting the right musicians in the room together. That was the primary focus. I knew this wouldn't be a solo-heavy record. I knew there wouldn't be a ton of fiddle on it, but wanted it to feel more orchestral.

There are quite a few different styles on this thing, but it comes off as cohesive. What conscious choices did you make to tie them together?

Thank you. This is the first of my records on which I wrote or co-wrote all the songs. I think it helps that the lyrical voice is consistent throughout. Even though the album covers a lot of subjects over time, it all came through me.

"Move Me" feels like the biggest curve ball of the collection. How does it feel to push yourself -- and your voice -- to that edge? And how do people respond to it?

Interesting. I love singing "Move Me." It comes out pretty naturally live. Audiences have been receptive to this new material -- it's been great touring so far and there is much more to do.

Because you regularly collaborate with Sean, do you guys strategize together on the timing of all your various projects, or do you each just go with the flow?

You know, we actually do a little bit. We had to take a five-month break from our monthly Watkins Family Hour residency in L.A. because our tours were directly opposite from each other. He'd come home from his tour and the next day I'd leave for my tour. It was ridiculous. Now we have started to try and coordinate a few breaks here and there in our touring so we can keep the Family Hour fairly consistent.

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'Young In All the Wrong Ways' is out now on New West Records and available at iTunes and Amazon.com.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:00 PM

Hear It First: The Stray Birds, 'Magic Fire'

August 11, 2016

by Cindy Howes, FolkAlley.com

The Stray Birds Magic Fire cover400.jpgAnyone worried about the legacy of Levon Helm and The Band need not worry; the first 10 seconds of The Stray Birds' new album, Magic Fire will ease your mind in more ways than one. Produced by Larry Campbell, a man who was actually in Levon Helm's band (and who also has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson), the record was created in 10 days in New York State's Hudson Valley. Campbell's studio served as a retreat for the group, who had never worked with an outside producer. His vision aligned with theirs, plus he offered to play on whatever song they wanted. His production-lead and contributions on pedal steel, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar have taken this band to the next level.

Magic Fire - The Stray Birds' fourth full-length album - sees the band expanding and broadening their sound while adding Shane Leonard (drums/percussion/vocals) as a new member. Leonard heightens that rhythmic quality that the group always had and his groove settles right in on record. He'll be bringing it out on the road too, as he's now an official member of the band in concert as well as in the studio.

The first thing that strikes you when listening to The Stray Birds is the voice of Maya de Vitry, who also plays acoustic guitar and fiddle. In the past, her vocal style was the center the band, with Oliver Craven (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, slide guitar, mandolin) and Charlie Muench (vocals, upright bass) as important supporting roles. The depths that de Vitry's voice reaches are quite unusual and extremely captivating. You could write an entire essay on the emotions this woman is able to encompass on just one song. However, discounting the contributions of the very talented Craven and Muench would be unwise. Craven's smart writing and sharp playing abilities are incomparable, while Muench's steady bass beat and vocals add to the distinct character of The Stray Birds. This album proves to be their most collaborative release with songwriting contributions from each member, including Muench's first complete composition "Where You Come From."

Something that has remained constant through their change in sound is The Stray Birds sweeping and massive harmonies. The band has masterfully crafted their choruses, which bring to mind those amazing refrains you'd hear from The Band in songs like "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." If the late Levon Helm were still around, you know he'd be hosting this young band at one of his famous Midnight Rambles at his barn in Woodstock, NY.

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The Stray Birds' Magic Fire is out via Yep Roc Records on Friday, August 19 and is available for pre-order HERE!

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:17 PM

Video Premiere: Parsonsfield, "Stronger"

July 26, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Parsonsfield_Press ps resize.jpgA lot of string bands like to talk about how they are innovating, but Parsonsfield actually delivers on that promise. Not only does their sound kick out the windows of what most people think of folk and bluegrass, but their new video raises a flag for the millennial generation. In it, a couple texts the lyrics of the song "Stronger" back and forth, as if in a dialogue.

The on-point simplicity of the opening lines sets the stage: "When you were mine and I was yours, when both of our keys opened up the same door, there was love in our hearts, in our clothes on the floor," Chris Freeman sings over a gently picked guitar, adding, "Love used to be fun. It became such a chore." From there, the track builds in the typically fierce Parsonsfield fashion.

Sometimes, the breeze whispers a message of meaning, quiet and true. And, sometimes, the barn needs to be burned to the ground in order to get the point across. On "Stronger" (found on their upcoming release Blooming Through the Black) Parsonsfield takes both tacks to deliver their dispatch... and one helluva song.

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Blooming Through the Black will be released via Signature Sounds on September 9th.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 8:59 AM

PLAYLIST: Folk Alley nationally syndicated radio show #160721

July 24, 2016

Thumbnail image for Folk-Alley-Logo_medium.jpgPLAYLIST: Folk Alley nationally syndicated radio show #160721. Aired between July 22 - July 28, 2016. Hosted by Elena See

This episode (#160721) is a rebroadcast of a show first heard in July of 2015 featuring our in-studio Folk Alley Session with Amy Helm & Handsome Strangers.

Artist - Title - Album - Label

(Hour ONE)

Mavis Staples - Fight - Your Good Fortune (EP) - ANTI

Son Little - The River - The River (Single) - Anti

The Earnest Lovers - San Andeas' Fault - Sing Sad Songs (EP) - Elko

Norman Blake - Savannah Rag - Wood, Wire & Words - Plectrofone

Bob Dylan - Someday Baby - Tell Tale Signs - Columbia

Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers (in-studio) - Sky's Falling - Folk Alley in-studio session - Folk Alley/WKSU exclusive

Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers (in-studio) - Deep Water - Folk Alley in-studio session - Folk Alley/WKSU exclusive

Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers (in-studio) - Rescue Me - Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers (in-studio) - Folk Alley in-studio session - Folk Alley/WKSU exclusive

Kacey Musgraves - Somebody To Love - Pageant Material - Mercury Nashville

Jefferson Airplane - Embryonic Journey - Surrealistic Pillow - RCA/BMG

Charlie Parr - Delia - Stumpjumper - Red House

Patty Griffin - Love Throw a Line - Impossible Dream - ATO/BMG

Nick Drake - Which Will - Pink Moon - Hannibal

(Hour TWO)

John Hartford - Gum Tree Canoe - Gum Tree Canoe - FlyingFish

Black Prairie - For the Love of John Hartford - A Tear In the Eye Is A Wound In the Heart - Sugar Hill

Robert Earl Keen - Steam Powered Aeroplane - Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions - Dualtone

Rod Picott - Elbow Grease - Fortune - Welding Rod

Kasey Chambers - Heaven or Hell - Bittersweet - Sugar Hill

Brindl - Just What I Needed - Love It Up - Brindl

Maria Muldaur - Somebody Was Watching Over Me - I'm A Woman - ShoutFact.

Hot Rize - Clary Mae - When I'm Free - Ten In Hand

Tim O'Brien - I've Endured - Traveler - Sugar Hill

Old Man Luedecke - Wait A While - Domestic Eccentric - True North

Samantha Crain - Kathleen - Under Branch & Thorn & Tree - Ramseur Records (Thirty

Kaia Kater - Valley Forge - Sorrow Bound - Kingswood

The Decemberists - The Wrong Year - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World - Capitol

The Steeldrivers - Long Way Down - The Muscle Shoals Recordings - Rounder

The Honey Dewdrops - Lowlands - Tangled Country - The Honey Dewdrops



Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show, hosted by Elena See, is produced by WKSU (NPR-affiliate in Kent, OH). The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. Stations may air the show as either a one-, or two-hour program. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried by approximately 50 stations nationally. Folk Alley also presents a 24/7 hosted Internet channel available at FolkAlley.com, TuneIn, iTunes and more. :: for more information contact Linda Fahey at 518-354-8077: Linda@folkalley.com

Posted by Linda Fahey at 11:38 PM

Album Review: Lori McKenna, 'The Bird & The Rifle

July 21, 2016

by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com

Lori McKenna 300x300 The Bird & the Rifle copy.jpgWhen talents as enormous as Lori McKenna and Dave Cobb come together in a studio, the resulting record is bound to be special. Exhibit A: The Bird & The Rifle. Both music-makers have been riding high lately, with hit records and Grammy Awards to spare. But, if any two folks ever deserved such accolades, it's these two.

The secret to McKenna's success is that she understands that life -- and, therefore, art -- is all about the details. The real stuff happens in the space between the breaths, the calm between the storms, and the quiet between the words. That's where she lives (along with her husband and five children) so it's also where she creates. In McKenna's hands, the often arduous daily toil gets sculpted into magnificent vignettes.

Even when McKenna takes a hard look at long-term commitment, as she does so wondrously in the album's opener, "Wreck You," she makes the lack of romanticism somehow romantic. And Cobb's intuitive production -- the gently soaring strings, in particular -- lets the piece lean over and peer into the abyss of what a collapsing marriage can be, while still keeping it from falling into any sort of despair. The story's resolution is left for another day, but the listener might easily imagine that the singer's resolve will get the couple through the darkness and back to the light.

That same matter-of-fact handling works to great effect as McKenna prattles off the poignant check-list that is "Humble and Kind." With another singer -- let's say Tim McGraw, just for argument's sake -- the tune could go from sentimental to saccharin in four bars flat. But McKenna packs the punch of several decades as a mother and each line was written for one of her kids, so her grasp of the material is steeped in authenticity.

Other highlights include the breezy vibe of "We Were Cool," the Mary Chapin Carpenter feel of "All These Things," the thoughtful sway of "Old Men Young Women," and the telling shuffle of "Giving Up on Your Hometown." Really, though, there's nary a missed shot anywhere in the set.

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'The Bird & the Rifle' is out on July 29 via CN Records/Thirty Tigers and available now for pre-order at iTunes and Amazon.com.

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 3:32 PM

PLAYLIST: Folk Alley nationally syndicated radio show #160714

July 18, 2016

Thumbnail image for Folk-Alley-Logo_medium.jpgPLAYLIST: Folk Alley nationally syndicated radio show #160714. Aired between July 15 - July 21, 2016. Hosted by Elena See

Artist - Title - Album - Label

(Hour One)

Sara Watkins - Say So - Young In All The Wrong Ways - New West

Bela Fleck - Katmandu - Tales From An Acoustic Planet Volume 2 - Warner Bros

Sam Bush (w/ Allison Krauss) - Lefty's Song - Storyman - Sugar Hill

Bryan Sutton - Walkin' Across This Land - The More I Learn - Sugar Hill

The Earls of Leicester - The Train That Carried My Girl From Town - Rattle & Roar - Rounder

John Gorka - I Know - Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know - Nashville, 1985 - Red House Records

John Gorka - I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair - Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know - Nashville, 1985 - Red House Records

Lula Wiles - Traveling On - Lula Wiles - Lula Wiles

Robert Earl Keen - The Traveling Storm - What I Really Mean - Koch

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind - The Traveling Kind - Nonesuch Records

Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle - The Bird & The Rifle - CN Records/Thirty Tigers

Leo Kottke - The Driving of the Year Nail - 6 and 12 String Guitar - Takoma

David Francey - Big Texas Moon - Empty Train - Laker Music

Sarah Jarosz - Jaqueline - Undercurrent - Sugar Hill

The Milk Carton Kids - Snake Eyes - The Ash & Clay -Anti

(Hour Two)

Miss Tess - Little Lola - Baby, We All Know - Miss Tess Music

Fiddle & Banjo (Karrnel Sawitsky & Daniel Koulack) - Lullaby - Fiddle & Banjo Tunes From North, Songs From The South - Sawitsky & Koulack

The Alt - What Put The Blood - The Alt - Under The Arch

Grant Dermody - So Sorry To Leave You - Sun Might Shine On Me - Grant Dermody

The Honeycutters - Let's Get Drunk - On The Ropes - Organic Records

Neko Case, kd lang, and Laura Veirs - Georgia Stars - case/lang/veirs - Anti/Epitaph

Hurray For The Riff Raff - Little Black Star - Look Out Mama - Born To Win

Nick Drake - Hanging On A Star - Made to Love Magic - Island

Linda Ronstadt/Ann Savoy - Walk Away Renee - Adiue False Heart - Vanguard

Linda Ronstadt/Ann Savoy - Adiue False Heart - Adiue False Heart - Vanguard

Mountain Heart - I Can't Get Over You - Blue Skies - Compass

Darrell Scott - Alton Air - A Crooked Road - Full Light

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - Friend of the Devil - The Country Blues.

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Another Round - So Familiar - Rounder/Compass

Paul Simon - In A Parade - Stranger to Stranger - Concord



Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show, hosted by Elena See, is produced by WKSU (NPR-affiliate in Kent, OH). The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. Stations may air the show as either a one-, or two-hour program. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried by approximately 50 stations nationally. Folk Alley also presents a 24/7 hosted Internet channel available at FolkAlley.com, TuneIn, iTunes and more. :: for more information contact Linda Fahey at 518-354-8077: Linda@folkalley.com

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