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Hear It First: Chris Smither, 'Call Me Lucky'

February 27, 2018

by Cindy Howes, Folk Alley

chris-smither-500-Folk-Alley-Hear-It-First.jpgChris Smither's 18th album in his 50 plus year career finds him embracing his roots from Boston's rich music scene through his collaboration with some of its finest players. That includes his longtime producer, David "Goody" Goodrich, Matt Lorenz (the amazing one man band, aka The Suitcase Junket) and Billy Conway (Morphine). For 'Call Me Lucky,' Smither has worked up a two disc collection which features one disc of mainly originals and a couple covers; and a second disc of reworked/rearranged songs from disc one, plus a "surprise" cover.

Not only has Chris been known to be a favorite go-to songwriter for people like Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks, Diana Krall, John Mayall and others, he's also known far and wide for his astute song interpretations. Oftentimes, it'll be halfway through the song before the familiarity of the tune will hit. This time around is no different with Smither's covers becoming something completely of their own, especially his take on Chuck Berry's "Maybelline."

Recorded at Goody's Blue Rock Studio just outside Austin in the Texas Hill Country, it's clear the atmosphere was relaxed. Every player on the album wore different hats during the making of, with the drummer playing the guitar and the engineer jumping on keys. With 'Call Me Lucky' being his first new material in six years, it's clear he used that time to rest and reflect for this project. The highlight of the album, "The Blame's on Me," find Chris' delivery, from vocals to guitar, as if he were urgently conveying his message, but in the most laid back manner. It's truly a special talent of his that continues to make an impression.

In total, Smither's performance is energized and right at home, sounding like an inspired musician with still much left to do and say.


'Call Me Lucky' will be released this Friday, March 2, on Signature Sounds Recordings and is available for pre-order now via iTunes,, or Bandcamp.

Upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:00 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180222

February 24, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley in hour one, new music from Cry, Cry, Cry, The Mammals, and Brandi Carlile; an exclusive in-studio session recording from the 30A Songwriters Festival featuring Emily Saliers, performing songs from her 2017 solo album, 'Murmuration Nation'; we'll hear the 2017 Juno Award winners for the Traditional Roots Album of the Year, The East Pointers; plus favorites from the Avett Brothers, Natalie Merchant, Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, and more.

In hour two, new music from David Myles, I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, & Aoife O'Donovan), and David Robert King; we'll hear from this year's Folk Alliance International Award winners including Molly Tuttle, Ordinary Elephant, and Rhiannon Giddens; a set from the great Paul Simon who has announced his farewell tour; and more favorites from Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, The Duhks, Tom Waits, and more.

{{Audio for this episode is no longer available.}}


Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

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

The East Pointers - Tanglewood - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Patty Griffin - Shine A Different Way - Servant of Love - PGM/ Thirty Tigers

Cry, Cry, Cry (Dar Williams) - Cathedrals - single - Cry, Cry, Cry

Richard Thompson - Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair - Acoustic Classics ii - Beeswing

Emily Saliers - Fly - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Emily Saliers - 331 - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Emily Saliers - Train Inside - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

The Mammals - Make It True - Sunshiner - Humble Abode Music

Natalie Merchant - Calico Pie - Leave In Your Sleep - Nonesuch

Brandi Carlile - Most of All - By The Way, I Forgive You - Elektra

The Avett Brothers - Live and Die - The Carpenter - Universal Republic

Hour Two

Molly Tuttle - You Didn't Call My Name - Rise (EP) - Molly Tuttle Music

Ordinary Elephant - Best of You - Before I Go - Ordinary Elephant/Berkalin

Rhiannon Giddens (with Bhi Bhiman) - Freedom Highway - Freedom Highway - Nonesuch

David Myles - Look At Me - Real Love - Little Tiny Records

Old Man Luedecke - I'm Fine (I am, I am) - Tender Is the Night - True North Records

Simon & Garfunkel (live) - I Am A Rock - Live From New York City 1967 - Columbia/Legagy

Paul Simon - Wristband - Stranger to Stranger - Concord Records

Lyle Lovett - Natural Forces - Natural Forces - Curb

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

David Rawlings - Cumberland Gap - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records

The Duhks - The Dregs of Birch - The Duhks - Sugar Hill

I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan) - Crescent City - See You Around - I'm With Her/Rounder

David Robert King - Where Have You Gone? - Idaho - David Robert King

Tom Waits - No One Knows I'm Gone - Alice - Anti

Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 4:44 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180215

February 17, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, in hour one: new music by Rod Picott and I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan); our exclusive in-studio performance from the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival featuring David Robert King, performing songs from his new album, 'Idaho'; we'll find gold with First Aid Kit, and John Prine; plus favorites from Anthony D'Amato, Dori Freeman, Joan Shelley, and many others.

In hour two: more new music from Anna & Elizabeth and Brandi Carlile; we'll blast off to space (like Elon Musk) with songs from The Byrds and My Morning Jacket; and there's a little rambling from Eilen Jewell, Jackstraw, and Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch. Plus, we remember lyricist John Barlow who passed away on February 7th.

{{Audio for this episode no longer available.}}


Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

First Aid Kit - Stay Gold - Stay Gold - Columbia Records

John Prine - You Got Gold - Live on Tour - Oh Boy

Rod Picott - Primer Gray - Out Past the Wires - Welding Rod Records

Joan Shelley - I Didn't Know - Joan Shelley - No Quarter

David Robert King - Idaho - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

David Robert King - Bad Thing - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

David Robert King - Lower Lights - Folk Alley Exclusive - Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan) - Ain't That Fine - See You Around - I'm With Her/Rounder

Dori Freeman - Fine, Fine, Fine - Dori Freeman - Free Dirt

Anthony D'Amato - If You're Gonna Build a Wall - Cold Snap -New West

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Somnium - 9 Dead Alive - ATO

Cassandra Wilson - Sankofa - Blue Light 'Til Dawn - Blue Note

Hour Two:

The Byrds - Mr. Spaceman - Fifth Dimension - Elektra

My Morning Jacket - Rocket Man - Chapter 1: The Sandworm Cometh-Early Recordings - Darla Records

The Punch Brothers - I Blew It Off - The Phosphorescent Blues - Nonesuch Records

Sean Watkins - The Ant and the Ant - Let It Fall - Sugar Hill

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion - In Lieu of Flowers - FolkSong - RTE 8 Records

Brandi Carlile - Every Time I Hear That Song - By the Way, I Forgive You - Electra

Brandi Carlile - Fulton County Jane Doe - By the Way, I Forgive You - Electra

Anna & Elizabeth - Mother In the Graveyard - Invisible Comes To Us - Smithsoninan Folkways

Tim O'Brien - A Mountaineer Is Always Free - The Crossing - Alula

Eilen Jewell - The Poor Girl's Story - Down Hearted Blues - Signature Sounds

Jackstraw - Randy The Rambler - Sunday Never Comes

Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch - Ramblin' Man - 11/12/13 Live in Melbourne - Dead Recko

Grateful Dead - Cassidy - Reckoning - Artista

Bob Weir - Mexicali Blues - Ace - Warner Bros

Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 8:09 AM

Song Premiere: The Mammals, "Make It True"

February 14, 2018

The Mammals PR 2018 800.jpgThe Mammals' brand new single "Make It True" bursts with harmonies, harmonica, and jangling guitars with hints of the Byrds, Fleet Foxes, and something distinctly "Mammalian." It's the opening track on the band's re-emergent album 'Sunshiner' which comes out on April 20th via Humble Abode Music.

There's a palpable hope on this track, written by banjo/guitar wordsmith Mike Merenda. It's sung as a duet with fiddler/vocalist Ruth Ungar and features the driving energy of Konrad Meissner on drums, Jacob Silver on bass, Ken Maiuri on 12-string and the soaring pedal steel of Charlie Rose. As the chorus says, "We some days sing the blues, some days sing those harmonies too, yeah we do, and we'll one day sing those words that will make it true."

'Sunshiner' is available for PRE-ORDER HERE.

Western Migration Tour

Feb 14-17: Folk Alliance Conference Kansas City, MO

Feb 18: The Listening Room Hastings, NE

Feb 22: Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA

Feb 23-24: Wintergrass Bellevue, WA

Feb 25: Alberta Rose Theatre Portland, OR

Feb 27: Tsunami Books Eugene, OR

Feb 28: House Concert Corvallis, OR

March 1: POPS Dunsmuir, CA

March 2: Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Sebastopol, CA

March 3: Center for the Arts Grass Valley, CA

March 4: The Chapel San Francisco, CA

March 6: Don Quixote's Felton, CA

March 7: Tales From The Tavern Santa Ynez, CA

March 8: Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA

March 9: AMSD Concerts National City, CA

More upcoming tour dates

Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:20 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180208

February 10, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, an hour all about LOVE with songs from Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Zandt, Sera Cahoone, Josh Ritter, Caroline Spence; an exclusive in-studio session with Halifax, Nova Scotia's David Myles performing songs from his new album, 'Real Love,'; plus some legendary duets featuring John Prine & Alison Krauss, Johnny & June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson & Rosanne Cash; and more tunes for the heart from Iris Dement and Jesse Winchester.

In hour two, we'll dig into the "other side" of love... with broken heart, lonely, missing you songs from David Francey, Tom Russell, Sam Outlaw, Greg Brown, The Avett Brothers, Leon Redbone, Darrell Scott, Lucinda Williams, Dori Freeman, and more!

Stream this week's show. (audio may take a minute to load on mobile devices)


Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Joni Mitchell - A Case of You - Blue - Reprise

Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You - Rear View Mirror - Sugar Hill

Sera Cahoone - Only One - From Where I Started - Lady Muleskinner Records

Josh Ritter - A Certain Light - The Beast In Its Tracks - Pytheas Recordings

Caroline Spence - All the Beds I've Made - Spades & Roses - Caroline Spence

David Myles - Night & Day - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

David Myles - Dreaming - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

David Myles - Cry, Cry, Cry - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

David Myles - If You Want Tonight - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Iris Dement - Hotter Than Mojave In My Heart - Infamous Angel - Warner Bros

Charles Sawtelle - I Will Always Love You - Music From Rancho DeVille - Acoustic D

Jesse Winchester - Foolish Heart - Live from Mountain Spage - Blue Plate

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

Johnny Cash (w/ June Carter Cash) - Where Did We Go Right - Life - Columbia

Willie Nelson (w/ Rosanne Cash) - Please Don't tell Me How the Story Ends - To All the Girls - Sony Legacy

Hour Two:

David Francey - The Waking Hour - The Waking Hour - Redhouse

Tom Russell - The Sound of One Heart Breaking - Love & Fear - Hightone

Sam Outlaw - Two Broken Heart - Tenderheart - Six Shooter Records

Greg Brown - Just By Myself - Dream Café - Red House

The Avett Brothers - Divorce Separation Blues - True Sadness - Republic

The Mastersons - Fight - Transient Lullaby - Red House Records

John Smith (Johnsmith) - Love's Worth Fighting For - Traveler - Blue Pine

Dori Freeman - Lovers On the Run - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Steve Earle & The Dukes - Better Off Alone - Terraplane - New West Records

Lucinda Williams (compilation) - God I'm Missing You - KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell) - Vanguard

Leon Redbone - It I Could Be With You - Whistling in the Wind - Private Mu

Darrell Scott - Tonight I'm Missing You - A Crooked Road - Full Light Records

April Verch (Hayes Griffin sings) - Foolish Heart - Bright Like Gold - Slab Town

Applewood Road - Give Me Love - Applewood Road - Gearbox Records

Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 9:49 AM

Song Premiere: Cry Cry Cry, "Cathedrals"

February 9, 2018

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Cry Cry Cry live sq 500.jpgSometimes you just know when it's time to go home.

And for Richard Shindell, Dar Williams, and Lucy Kaplansky, aka Cry Cry Cry, home is where their three voices live together, rising in a perfectly comfortable, warm, and intimate blend. Case in point: the trio's brand-new cover of Jump Little Children's emotion-filled 90s hit, "Cathedrals."

With Dar Williams taking lead vocals, Cry Cry Cry creates a melancholy atmosphere of questioning, wandering, and longing, turning the occasionally overly earnest "Cathedrals" into a pensive contemplation on what the concept of "home" really means. It's something these three musicians, no longer at the very beginning of their careers, are perhaps starting to consider.

Cry Cry Cry made folk music history when they first started experimenting with their voices together in 1998. After an eponymous debut and a single tour in 1999, they didn't exactly disband but each member focused on his or her solo career. They'd reunite every once and awhile (mostly privately), bask in the magic of their harmonies, and then trundle off on their separate paths.

Last summer, that all changed. "We were called back into existence by Clearwater [The Clearwater Music Festival in Croton-on-Hudson, New York]," Richard Shindell says. "They floated the idea of a reunion and we thought, 'if not now, then when?'"

That reunion show has led to a whole string of tour dates planned for this spring - check out the list below. Perhaps even more exciting than a tour, though, is the fact that they're recording together for the first time in nearly 20 years. "I feel so lucky to get to be a part of this again," Lucy Kaplansky says. Dar Williams agrees: "When you have a musical bond, it's like siblings. You are always returning to that unspoken language and understanding. I love Richard's and Lucy's voices more than ever."

"New music to come in 2018," according to the trio's management. Whether that means a full album, a newly recorded single released every now and again, or something else entirely is still to-be-determined. But, based on the sneak peek Shindell, Williams, and Kaplansky offer with "Cathedrals," it's going to be well worth the wait.

Cry Cry Cry: On Tour!

3/15: Englert Theater, Iowa City, IA
3/16: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
3/17: Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
3/29: Town Hall, New York, NY
3/30: Paramount Theater, Rutland, VT
3/31: Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA
4/6: Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA
4/7: Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA
4/8: Sixth & I, Washington, DC
4/13: Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Seattle, WA
4/14: Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
4/15: Freight and Savage, Berkley, CA

More tour information here

Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:01 PM

Premiere: Rod Picott, "Primer Gray" from 'Out Past the Wires'

February 8, 2018

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Rod Picott Out Past the Wires.jpg"You write what you know," Rod Picott says. Simple advice and advice every writer has heard before. But for all its simplicity, it's actually true, and something Picott proves admirably on his new double album, 'Out Past the Wires.' Anyone who chooses to listen (and my advice: choose to listen) gets a peek into something Picott knows really, really well: human nature.

Now nearly into his second decade of songwriting, 'Out Past the Wires' offers Picott a chance to spread his storytelling wings a little bit: he has also written an accompanying book of short fiction to go along with the collection. Each short story is titled after a song on the album, an exercise that's allowed this creative musician and writer to take the characters he creates with his acoustic guitar and gravelly voice and develop them into fully-fleshed out examples of the people we all know and love.

"Primer Gray" is a good example. With images of cars up on blocks, rust and chrome, lacquer and flames, Picott creates a character you've met before: your dad or your grandfather, your brother or son or best friend's uncle. Whomever it is, he's a hardworking man who's trying his best to make a life for himself and his family, a hardworking man who has come to the conclusion, maybe after years of fighting with it, that in our material, greedy world, usually, the important stuff's on the inside: "I'm only worried about what's underneath," Picott sings. "What she looks like don't mean a thing to me."


'Out Past the Wires' comes out on March 30th, and is available for pre-order at iTunes and - album and paperback.

Upcoming US & Europe tour dates.

Primer Gray by Rod Picott from 'Out Past the Wires' (Mezcalita Press)

Rod Picott-Primer Gray-Out Past the Wires.pdf

So I been getting the old Pontiac ready for my kid lately. That's a good ride, a Pontiac. Been trying to find the original color even, but the code they give me don't look right. So I'm just gonna shoot a coat of primer for now. If I find that great old Pontiac green someday, I'll paint it up.

My kid? All his friends have those rodded-up Hondas. They sound like damn chainsaws. Drives me crazy. They're fast, yeah, but they got no power, you know? I mean real power. Now that old LeMans has got eight big pistons just banging away under that hood. That's what a car oughta sound like right there. So anyways, like I said, I been gettin' the Pontiac all fixed up for Charles.

I bought her new back in 71. Took every dime I had but I wanted it so damn bad. There was a bunch of good Pontiacs back then. I've always been a Pontiac man anyways. Coulda had a GTO. Coulda had a Ventura, but I like the LeMans best. My old man used to race, I guess that's what got me into cars. He was a hard man, my dad, and showy, you know? He was the kinda guy liked to make fun of everyone but couldn't take a joke about himself. He used to make fun of me in front of people. And he was a big guy, my old man, and tough too. Sometimes he'd smack me up side the head, "just on principle," he'd say. I never understood that. But it made me jumpy as hell around him, which I think was the point. "On principle" don't make any sense. He was just like that. That was his way. Kept my mom on her back foot too, but she was more careful than me I guess. He only smacked her a coupla times that I can remember.

Anyway, that's what got me into cars, my old man racing. He'd let me go with him on Sundays sometimes. I loved being around all those great cars. Loved the smell of it even. It gets in your blood. And my old man would win, too. He won quite a bit - now this is just regionals but still he got himself a trophy case and by god, he filled it up over the years. He was a Chevy guy, my old man. When I brought the LeMans home, he boxed me upside the head. Said I shoulda got a Chevelle and laughed. That was the last time he hit me. Said Pontiacs are for pussies. He never said nothing about how I saved all that money myself.

But I liked the Pontiacs, always did. Me and Lamere, we ran all over the place in that car. We went up to the mountains and even a couple times down to Boston. Got lost as all hell down there. Those Boston streets are confusing. Somebody told me it's because the roads follow old cow paths or something, but anyway, we didn't care. We had a great time in that car, me and Lemere. First time I went out with Arlene was in that car and you'd think that'd be a nice memory and maybe it is, but she's been on me for years to sell it, but I ain't gonna sell it.

Like I said, I been gettin' it all ready for Charles when he turns seventeen. New clutch plate, new shocks, the whole bit. Been finding what I need over at Emery's junkyard. They got a couple over there that I can pull from. They're way in back so it's a pain in the ass, but I take my time. One of 'em smells like skunk juice so I know the transmission is gone on it, but I got a decent flywheel and some other stuff from it. Arlene goes crazy when I come home with another part 'cause she knows I'll be on the creeper most of the weekend and won't go anywhere with her, but I wanna get it all back in good shape 'cause Charles turns seventeen soon, right? So I keep on with it.

Back when me and Lemere was running round, it was brand new. Had that great smell. I can close my eyes and remember that smell like it was today. I even had an eight-track under the dash and we'd listen to Foghat and Bad Company and I had almost all the Led Zeppelin tapes, too. We'd smoke a joint, not all the time, just once in awhile, you know, and have the best time. I raced it a few times too, 'cause later on I put a blower on it. It was fast. I never won in it but I didn't like driving it that hard anyways, so I stopped racing it.

The old man gave me some lip about that too, but I didn't care. I didn't want to take the chance of burning out the motor. He burned out motors all the time. It's like even though he was a Chevy man, he raced like he hated the car and wanted to burn it up. He was fast, my old man. Like I said, he filled that trophy case even if he never got past the regionals. He was a big talker too. It used to make me embarrassed. He always had to be the big man everywhere he went. I'd go to the races with him when he'd let me, but I'd run off and look at the Pontiacs as soon as I could get out of his sight. He was always telling everyone how he was gonna win and picking fights with the other drivers. Seemed to me you win bigger by not saying nothing about it then having a good race, but that's not how he was. And man, he'd get pissed when he lost, too. If he lost big, I knew I was in for it, almost like I was the one who raced him, you know? But this was way, way back when I was just a kid.

The car is starting to run real good. It's all tuned up and new brakes. Clutch is short and tight like it oughta be. Arelene, she's about had enough of me not going with her on the weekends and I tell her why I'm working so hard on it, for Charles, and she lightens up a little bit 'cause she thinks that's great too - how Charles is gonna have the Pontiac. I remind her about how our first date was in this car and she kind of gets a weird look in her eye like she's some place far off and I can tell she's thinking about something she don't want to say, so I just leave it there.

Like I was saying, Charles's friends all have those Hondas that they drop down. They get the suspension so tight you can hear 'em creak when they take a corner. And they can corner fast, that's true, but they ain't got the power like an old Pontiac. This one here is the 455 V8. That's some horsepower there and even though it's no good in the winter around here 'cause of the rear wheel drive, it's got the 4-speed manual trans so you can rock it if you get stuck. It's just a little squirrely on ice. So the day keeps getting nearer and Charles is gonna be seventeen and it's a big deal, of course, 'cause he'll be able to drive by himself. That's state law. You gotta be seventeen to drive by yourself. You can drive when you're sixteen but you gotta have someone with you. Me, I always liked driving alone, 'specially after I found out about Arlene and Lemere. But that's a long time ago.

So it gets to be Charles's birthday and I'm all excited. Arlene's pretty happy with Charles these days. He's doing better in school and he gets decent grades and overall he's a pretty good kid even though I know he's smoking dope, which I don't like, but he's doing better in school so I try to be grateful, you know? He's a good kid, never gave us much trouble. So Arlene, she gets him these gift cards 'cause she says Charles knows more about what he likes than we do and this way he can get all the things he likes at the stores he likes, even though he has to go all the way over to Indianapolis to the mall there. I guess she's smart that way - thinks things through.

So we have a nice morning and Charles likes the gift cards just like Arlene thought and it's all good and I say now I got a big surprise and I take him outside. I had put a red ribbon on the steering wheel the night before. So I say come with me, and he follows me around to the slab, and the car is there and all finished except for the paint job cause I can't find the right Pontiac green. And I hand him the keys and he's got this blank look on his face. And I tell him it's all his. Know what he says to me? I see him looking at it and something ain't right and then he says "How much you think I can get for it on a trade-in?" And for some weird reason all I can see is my old man's face, even though I'm looking right at Charles.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 3:27 PM

Valentine's Day CD Giveaway Contest: David Myles, 'Real Love'

February 6, 2018

david_myles_cover.jpgJuno Award winning, David Myles just released his latest album, 'Real Love' on January 26th, and, in honor of Valentine's Day, he has donated 10 copies of the CD to Folk Alley to giveaway!

Drawing from American roots music,
'Real Love' mixes full-bodied arrangements and dance rhythms with classic rock 'n' roll structures. Myles says, "it's a record I've always wanted to make...a danceable, fun record that harkens back to the early days of rock 'n roll."

The 13-track collection is Myles' tenth album and his second full-length U.S. release. 'Real Love' is a departure from his previous record in that it is fully electric. It features members of his touring trio--Kyle Cunjak on bass and Allan Jeffries on guitar--plus Joshua Van Tassel on drums and additional vocals by Mahalia and Reeny Smith.

To enter the contest:
with the Subject Line: "Real Love Please";
include your mailing address in the body of the message;
if you haven't already, sign up for the the Folk Alley AlleyChat e-newsletter, by registering HERE.

Ten winners will be randomly selected on Friday, February 16 at 8:00am ET
One entry per person please!

Posted by Linda Fahey at 5:26 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180201

February 2, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg This week on Folk Alley, Elena See shares an exclusive in-studio session from the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival featuring Mary Gauthier performing songs from her new album 'Rifles & Rosary Beads'; new music from Mark Erelli, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Caitlin Canty; and we'll hear from a few of this year's Grammy winners including Best Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana albums; plus a sneak peak at Mary Chapin Carpenter's upcoming release, 'Sometimes Just The Sky;' and much more!

In hour two, there's more new music from Heather Maloney and David Myles; and we'll dig into the Sessions archives with our 2015 in-studio performance by Mandolin Orange; some favorites from Traffic, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Greg Brown, Neko Case, KD Lang, Laura Veirs, and much more.

{{Audio for this episode is no longer available.}}


Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - If We Were Vampires - The Nashville Sound - Southeastern Records

The Infamous Stringdusters - Gravity - Laws of Gravity - Compass Records

Aimee Mann - Patient Zero - Mental Illness - Super Ego Records

Mark Erelli - Brokedown Palace - Mixtape - Mark Erelli

Grateful Dead - Sugar Magnolia - American Beauty - Warner Bros

Mary Gauthier - War After the War - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Mary Gauthier - Bullet Holes In the Sky - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Mary Gauthier - Rifles & Rosary Beads - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Steep Canyon Rangers - let Me Out of This Town - Out In the Open - Ramseur records

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Promontory Point - The Long Awaited Album - Rounder Records

Caitlin Canty - Motel - Motel Bouquet - Tone Tree Music

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Heroes & Heroines - Sometimes Just the Sky - Lambent Light Records

Dom Flemons - Marching Up To Prospect Hill - Prospect Hill - Music Maker Relief

Hour Two:

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

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - Shoot the Moon - Aupres Du Poele

Greg Brown - Rooty Toot Toot For the Moon - One More Goodnight Kiss - Red House

Heather Maloney - Bullseye - Just Enough Sun (EP) - Signature Sounds

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Cupid's Got A Gun - Acoustic - Capitol

Mandolin Orange - Rounder - Folk Alley Sessions (2015) - Folk Alley/WKSU

Mandolin Orange - Blue Ruin - Folk Alley Sessions (2015) - Folk Alley/WKSU

Mandolin Orange - Little Worlds - Folk Alley Sessions (2015) - Folk Alley/WKSU

David Myles - Cry, Cry, Cry - Real Love - Little Tiny Records

David Myles - Night & Day - Real Love - Little Tiny Records

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John Renbourn - Buffalo - The Attic Tapes - Riverboat Records/World

Upstate Rubdown - Old Advice - A Remedy - Upstate Rubdown

Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See with assistance by Jon Nungesser. The show is available for free to stations via or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

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