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Folk Alley Radio Show #180412

April 17, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgNew releases featured this week on Folk Alley include music from Kelly Willis, The Fretless, Moira Smiley, Anna & Elizabeth, Birds of Chicago, Caitlin Canty, Cahalen Morrison's new project - Western Centuries; Kim Richey's new album, 'Edgeland', Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore advance single from their upcoming album, Vivian Leva, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Ana Egge, I'm With Her, Seth Lakeman (feat. Wildwood Kin); and much more!

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

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Kelly Willis - Back Being Blue - Back Being Blue - Premium Records/Thirty Tigers

The Fretless - Star Monster (live) - Live from the Art Farm - The Fretless

Bruce Cockburn - Stab At Matter - Bone On Bone - True North

Moira Smiley - Dressed In Yellow (feat. Anna & Elizabeth) - Unzip The Horizon - Moira Smiley Music

Anna & Elizabeth - Ripest of Apples - Invisible Comes To Us - Smithsonian Folkways

Birds of Chicago - Lodestar - Love In Wartime - Signature Sounds

Samantha Fish - Blood In the Water - Belle of the West - Ruf Records

Caitlin Canty - Leaping Out - Motel Bouquet - Tone Tree Music

Mandolin Orange - Old Ties and Companions - Such Jubilee - Yep Roc Records

Peter Case - Paradise etc. - Flying Saucer Blues - Vanguard

Western Centuries - Earthly Justice - Songs from the Deluge - Free Dirt

The Foghorn Stringband - Paddy On the Turnpike - Devil In the Seat - Foghorn Music

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert - Where's My Baby - The Ledges - Dead Reckoning Records

Hour Two:

Kim Richey (feat. Pat McLaughlin) - Leaving Song - Edgeland - Yep Roc Records

Over The Rhine - If a Song Could Be President - The Trumpet Child - Redeye

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Downey to Lubbock - Downey to Lubbock - Yep Roc Records

Asleep At The Wheel & Leon Rausch - Osage Stomp - It's A Good Day - Bismeaux Records

Lyle Lovett - She Makes Me Feel So Good - Joshua Judges Ruth - MCA

Vivian Leva - Last of My Kind - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt

Tom Waits - Last Leaf - Bad As Me

Alison Krauss & Union Station (compilation) - The Captain's Daughter - Johnny Cash: Forever Words - Legacy Recordings/Sony

Steep Canyon Rangers - Can't Get Home - Out in the Open - Ramseur Records

Willie Nelson - Me and You - Last Man Standing - Sony/Legacy

Kasey Musgraves - Slow Burn - Golden Hour - MCA Nashville

Langhorne Slim - Bluebird - Lost at Last Vol. 1 - Dualtone Music Group

Ana Egge - Dance Around the Room With Me - White Tiger - StorySound Records

The Stray Birds - Hands of Man (in-studio) - Folk Alley Sessions Exclusive - Folk Alley Exclusive

The Mavericks - I Think Of You - Brand New Day - Mono Mundo

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

Seth Lakeman (feat. Wildwood Kin) - Pulling Hard Against the Stream - Ballads of the Broken Few - Cooking Vinyl


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 PRX.org 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 1:11 PM


Folk Alley Radio Show #180405

April 7, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, Elena See features new releases with music from Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Mammals, the supergroup of Cory Chisel, Robert Ellis, and Jonny Fritz AKA Traveller, Rosanne Cash, Dom Flemons, Western Centuries, Birds of Chicago, Moira Smiley,The Dustbowl Revival, and much more!

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

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Guy Clark - Mud - The Dark - Sugar Hill

Slavek Hanzlik - Spring in the Old Country - Spring in the Old Country - FlyingFish

The Early Mays - Red Bud - The Early Mays - The Early Mays

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers - Marching On - (single) - Phoebe Hunt Music

Works Progress Administration - Rise Up - Works Progress Administration - Works Progress

Rosanne Cash (compilation) - The Walking Wounded - Johnny Cash: Forever Words - Legacy Recordings/Sony

Darrell Scott - Big River - Couchville Sessions - Full Light Records

Dom Flemons - Texas Easy Street - Black Cowboys - Smithsonian Folkways

Dom Flemons - Po' Howard/Gwine Dig a Hole to Put the Devil In - Black Cowboys - Smithsonian Folkways

Courtney Marie Andrews - Two Cold Nights in Buffalo - May Your kindness Remain - Fat Possum/Mama Bird

Chris Thile - Trail's End - Leading Off - Sugar Hill

Traveller - Hummingbird - Western Movies - Refuge Foundation for the

The Mammals - Lilac Breeze - Sunshiner - Humble Abode Music

Gillian Welch - Acony Bell (Demo) - Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg - Acony Records

Hour Two:

Western Centuries - Far From Home - Songs from the Deluge - Free Dirt

Leo Kottke (compilation) - The Ice Miner - The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose: American Primitive Guitar & Banjo 1963-1974 - Craft Recordings

Jorma Kaukonen - Tom Cat Blues - Blue Country Heart - Columbia

Birds of Chicago - Love In Wartime - Love In Wartime - Signature Sounds

Amy Helm - Rescue Me - Didn't It Rain - Entertainment One Music

Moira Smiley - Wiseman (feat. Sam Lee) - Unzip The Horizon - Moira Smiley Music

Sam Lee & Friends - Willie O - The Fade In Time - The Nest Collective

Neko Case - Star Witness - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood - ANTI

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Still Out There Running - Tearing at the Seams - Stax/Concord

The Dustbowl Revival - I Decided - (single) - Signature Sounds

Danny Barnes - Bill Cheatum - Stove Up - Wendell Records

Hurray For The Riff Raff - Look Out Mama - Look Out Mama - Born to Win Records

Robby Hecht - New Normal - Robby Hecht - Old Man Henry Records

Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence - Over You - Two People - Old Man Henry 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 PRX.org 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 2:51 PM

Song Premiere: The Dustbowl Revival, "I Decided"

April 5, 2018

by Linda Fahey, Folk Alley

Dustbowl Revival Folk Alley Song Premiere I Decided - by Talley Media.jpgYou're feeling tired, maybe a little defeated and heavy. Seriously, who doesn't want a "reset button" in those situations. For The Dustbowl Revival's Zach Lupetin, a spontaneous swim in the Pacific Ocean was just the thing to help his renewal and to kick-start some inspiration. Inspiration that ultimately lead to writing a joyfully defiant anthem, "I Decided," which addresses the questions: "What if the very concept of 'growing up' and growing old was in our heads? Who made the rules?"

While the track didn't make it on to their last release, it was the start of opening the band's creative flood gates that lead to their 2017 self-titled album. As Lupetin puts it, "no matter how gloomy things look, if you can jump in the ocean, find a little love, and make music with your friends, isn't that enough?"

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Upcoming tour dates.

"I Decided" is available - HERE.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:02 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180329

March 29, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, in hour one, an exclusive Folk Alley Session from the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival featuring Kim Richey performing songs from her new album, 'Edgeland'; new music from Birds of Chicago, The Mammals, and Joan Baez; a set from Emmylou Harris to celebrate her 71st birthday; plus favorites from Langhorne Slim, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, John Fahey, Wilco, and many more.

In hour two, more new music from Vivian Leva, Courtney Marie Andrews, Darlingside, and The Fretless from their new album, 'Live From The Art Farm'; we'll hear an exclusive live set featuring the Punch Brothers; plus more favorites from Kris Drever, Cara Dillon, Robby Hecht, River Whyless, and more.

{{The audio for this episode is no longer available.}}

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Emmylou Harris - Deeper Well - Wrecking Ball - Elektra

Emmylou Harris w/ full ensemble (compilation) - Boulder To Birmingham (live) - The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris - Rounder

Birds of Chicago - Roll Away - Love In Wartime - Signature Sounds

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters - Brand New Start - Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters - Organic Records

Upstate Rubdown - New Life - A Remedy - Upstate Rubdown

Kim Richey - Chase Wild Horses - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kim Richey - Your Dear John - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Kim Richey - The Get Together (feat. Mando Saenz) - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Langhorne Slim - Old Things - Lost at Last Vol.1 - Dualtone Music Group

Seth Lakeman (feat. Wildwood Kin) - Everything - Ballads of the Broken Few - Cooking Vinyl

The Mammals - Fork In the Road - Sunshiner - Humble Abode Music

John Fahey (compilation) - Night Train To Valhalla - The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose: American Primative Guitar & Banjo 1963-1974 - Craft Recordings

Joan Baez - The President Sang Amazing Grace - Whistle Down the Wind - Concord Records

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Say It Louder - Tearing at the Seams - Stax/Concord

Wilco - Someone To Lose - Schmilco - dBpm/ANTI

Hour Two:

Vivian Leva - Bottom of the Glass - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt

The Early Mays - Martin's Breakdown - Chase the Sun - Birds on the Wing Records

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West - Stone to Sand - Our Lady of the Tall Trees - self

Kris Drever - I Didn't Try Hard Enough - If Wishes Were Horses - Reveal Records

Cara Dillon - Blackwater Side - Wanderer - Charcoal Records

The Steel Wheels - Help Me - Leave Some Things Behind - Big Ring Records

Tracy Grammer - Good Life - Low Tide - Tracy Grammer Music

Punch Brothers (live) - I Know You Know - Live from Folk Alley-exclusive recording 04/08 in Kent, OH - WKSU/Folk Alley exclusive

Punch Brothers (live) - Wayside - Live from Folk Alley-exclusive recording 04/08 in Kent, OH - WKSU/Folk Alley exclusive

Courtney Marie Andrews - Kindness of Strangers - May Your Kindness Remain - Fat Possum/Mama Bird

The Fretless - Bixie's (live) - Live from the Art Farm - The Fretless

Robby Hecht - Pap's Down the Road Dead - Robby Hecht - Old Man Henry Records

Darlingside - Lindisfarne - Extralife - More Doug Records/Thirty Tigers

River Whyless - Blood Moon - We Are the Light - Roll Call 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 PRX.org 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 8:42 PM

Hear It First: Mary Chapin Carpenter, 'Sometimes Just The Sky'

March 26, 2018

by Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley

MCC_Cover_500x500.jpgAn artist like Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform their best songs probably hundreds of times in their life, but most fans will remember those songs for the one time they were recorded on an album. This is a strange, occasionally unfortunate thing for an artist to reckon with, who might get to know a song better after 20 years of performing it and come to realize, say, the rhythm and tempo of the recording buried some of the most powerful lines.

Occasionally artists will go back and record an all-acoustic version of a song, revive it with horns or some other extravagancies. But on Carpenter's newest effort, 'Sometimes Just The Sky,' the artist reimagines the songs the same way a mother might gather her grown children for a party. It was fun having everyone together when they were kids, even more so now that they've seen the world and have their own ideas.

As an artistic statement, the album is a feat. She chose one song from each of her twelve recordings, then capped it off with a brand-new original, the title track. Though this concept would seem akin to that of a greatest hits collection, Carpenter steers clear of her most definitive chart-toppers.

For example, 1992's 'Come On Come On' featured radio hits "Passionate Kisses," "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" and "I Feel Lucky," but Carpenter chose the decidedly folkier "Rhythm of the Blues." This time, the song is in a different key and the distracting echoes from backup singers are thankfully gone. She sings it with more conviction, which makes the song's natural build feel less pop-contrived and more structurally necessary. Rather than her vocals following the lead of the instrumentation, this new arrangement follows her melodic instincts--something that is true of all these re-arranged classics.

"I Have a Need for Solitude" is another standout moment, from 2010's 'The Age of Miracles.' Its arrangement veers less from the original, which is fine, since few melody-and-lyric partnerships are so evenly matched. For "What Does It Mean to Travel" from 2016's Dave Cobb-produced 'The Things That We Are Made Of,' she simply changed the key to slightly dim the lights on the song's mood and added a bit of cello for extra shade.

Then there's the beautiful new song, "Sometimes Just The Sky," which wrestles with the passing of time, the inevitability of change, the question of how to proceed when nothing makes sense anymore. Make "lists of what you know," the songwriter suggests--an interesting statement here at the end of a collection of reimagined versions of old songs.

So, one wonders, what can we gain from this particular list of what we know? "Sometimes everything at once," she sings, "But sometimes just the sky."

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'Sometimes Just the Sky' will be released Friday, March 30, and is available for pre-order now.

Upcoming tour dates


Posted by Linda Fahey at 7:00 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180322

March 24, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, in hour one, an exclusive in-studio performance with Paul Thorn, recorded at this year's 30A Songwriters Festival; new music from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Altan, Kim Richey, Vivian Leva, The Fretless, Caitlin Canty, and I'm With Her; plus favorites from The Weepies, Jeff Black, Dori Freeman, Mipso, Josh Ritter, and more.

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

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan) - I-89 - See You Around - I'm With Her/Rounder

Bela Fleck & Abigal Washburn - New South Africa - Bela Fleck & Abigal Washburn - Rounder Records

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Hey Mama - Tearing at the Seams - Stax/Concord

Altan - Bacach Shil' Andai - The Gap of Dreams - Compass Records

We Banjo 3 - Tickle Me Pink (live) - Live In Galway - We Banjo 3

Paul Thorn - I Hope I'm Doing This Right - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Paul Thorn - That's Life - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Paul Thorn - Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed - Folk Alley Exclusive-Live from the 30A Songwriters Festival - Folk Alley Exclusive

Vivian Leva - No Forever - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt

The Weepies - Ever Said Goodbye - Sirens - Nettwerk

Kim Richey - Chase Wild Horses - Edgeland - Yep Roc Records

Jeff Black - Run - Plow Through The Mystic - Lotus Nile Music

Dori Freeman - If I Could Make You My Own - Letters Never Read - Blue Hens Music

Richard Shindell - So Says The Whipporwill - Vuelta - KOCH

Hour Two:

Seth Lakeman (feat. Wildwood Kin) - Willow Tree - Ballards of the Broken Few - Cooking Vinyl

The Fretless - Jenny Bear (live) - Live from the Art Farm - The Fretless

The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now - There's No Leaving Now - Dead Oceans

Joan Baez - Be of Good Heart - Whistle Down the Wind - Concord Records

Josh Ritter - Me & Jiggs - Golden Age of Radio - Signatures

Parsonsfield - Santa Monica - WE - Signature Sounds

The Dustbowl Revival - Drop In the Bucket (live) - With A Lampshade On - Signature Sounds

Lonesome River Band - Lonesome Bone - Mayhayley's House - Mountain Home Music

Mipso - Hurt So Good - Coming Down The Mountain - Mipso

Mandolin Orange - Wildfire - Blindfaller - Yep Roc Records

Chris Smither - She Said She Said - Call Me Lucky - Signature Sounds

The Beatles - Good Day Sunshine - Revolver - Capitol

Caitlin Canty - Scattershot - Motel Bouquet - Tone Tree Music

Leo Kottke - Snorkel - One Guitar, No Vocals - Private Mu

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert - I Don't Know Why - The Ledges - Dead Reckoning 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 PRX.org 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 11:04 AM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180315

March 17, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, Elena See spotlights new music by folk icon, Joan Baez, from her latest release, 'Whistle Down the Wind;' and more new tunes from the Massachusetts-based indie-folk quintet Parsonsfield, Tommy Emmanuel, Kacey Musgraves, John Prine, Chris Smither, The Wood Brothers, Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert, Darlingside, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Mary Chapin Carpenter; and we'll hear a set from Vivian Leva's new debut, solo debut, 'Time Is Everything'; plus, more!

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

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Parsonfield - Light of the City - WE - Signature Sounds

Tommy Emmanuel - Saturday Night Shuffle (feat. Jorma Kaukonen & Pat Bergeson) - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Jason Isbell - The Life You Chose - Something More Than Free - Southeastern Records

The Wood Brothers - Seasick Emotions - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar Records/Thirty

The Stray Birds - Radio - Magic Fire - Yep Roc Records

Joan Baez - The Great Correction - whistle Down the Wind - Concord Records

Eliza Gilkyson - Is It Like Today - Paradise Hotel - Redhouse

John Prine - Summer's End - The Tree of Forgiveness - Oh Boy/Thirty Tigers

Chris Smither - Nobody Home - Call Me Lucky - Signature Sounds

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert - 15 Acres - The Ledges - Dead Reckoning Records

Jon Stickley Trio - Rice Dream - Lost at Last - Jon Stickley

Kaia Kater - Little Pink - Nine Pin - Kingswood Records

Kacey Musgraves - Spacey Cowboy - Golden Hour - MCA Nashville

The Honey Dewdrops - Wandering Boy - If the Sun Will Shine - self

Hour Two:

Darlingside - Futures - Extralife - More Doug Records/Thirty Tigers

Le Vent du Nord - D'ouest e nest - Tetu - Borealis Records

Sera Cahoone - House Our Own - From Where I Started - Lady Muleskinner Records

Alan Doyle - Summer Summer Night - A Week at the Warehouse - Universal Music Canada

Fortunate Ones - Solitary Sparks - The Bliss - Old Farm Pony Records

Vivian Leva - Time Is Everything - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt

Vivian Leva - Sturdy as the Land - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt

Richard Thompson - Sloth - Acoustic Rarities - Beeswing

Boubacar Traore - Duna Ma Yelema - Dounia Tabolo - Lusafrica

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Babe I Know (feat. Lucious) - Tearing at the Seams - Stax/Concrd

Shovels & Rope - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (feat. Lucious) - Busted Jukebox, Volume 1 - Dualtone Music

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Naked To the Eye - Sometimes Just the Sky - Lambent Light Records

Haas Kowert Tice - Grandpa's Cheesebarn - You Got This - Haas Kowert Tice

John Gorka - If Not Now - Old Future's Gone - Red House

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 PRX.org 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 11:24 AM

Add the Folk Alley Skill to Your Alexa Line-up

March 13, 2018

Echo Plus, Black Kitchen Counter.jpgUsing the Folk Alley Skill for Amazon Echo Smart Speakers is easy and allows you quick access to Folk Alley content.

To use the Folk Alley Skill for Echo, follow these simple steps:

1. Open your Alexa app and go to the menu.
2. Scroll down and click on Skills.
3. Search "Folk Alley."
4. Enable the desired Skill.

The Folk Alley Skill provides multiple options for audio playback. The list for each is below (or see the entry in the Alexa App):

FOLK ALLEY ALEXA COMMANDS:
For the Primary Stream, say: "Alexa, play Folk Alley"
For Fresh Cuts, say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play Fresh Cuts"
For the Irish Stream, say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play the Irish Stream"
For Holiday Music, Say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play Holiday" [available during winter holidays]

Other Tasks:
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing"
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing on Fresh Cuts"
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing on the Irish Stream"

Also, the Folk Alley Skill can be linked to your Folk Alley login to access the Member-only Pledge Free Stream and to check your Folk Alley Member Status.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:51 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180308

March 11, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, we'll celebrate to coming of St. Patrick's Day with music by The Chieftains featuring Bonnie Raitt, We Banjo 3, and Doolin'; new music from John Prine, Chris Smither, Parsonsfield, Darlingside, Brandi Carlile, Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert, Ry Cooder, Kacey Musgraves, The Wood Brothers, and Adriel Denae; more favorites from The Suitcase Junket, The Secret Sisters, Heidi Talbot, Mavis Staples; plus we'll celebrate Norman Blake's 80th birthday with a set of music from his 1972 debut release, 'Back Home in Sulphur Springs.'

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

PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

The Chieftains (Bonnie Raitt) - A Stor Mo Chroi - Tears of Stone - RCA

We Banjo 3 - Shove The Pig's Foot A Little Further In The Fire-Fine Times At Our House - Gather the Good - We Banjo 3

Doolin' - Galway Girl - Doolin' - Compass Records

Chris Smither - Maybellene - Call Me Lucky - Signature Sounds

The Suitcase Junket - Beta Star - Pile Driver -Signature Sounds

Brandi Carlile - Harder to Forgive - By the Way, I Forgive You - Elektra

The Secret Sisters - King Cotton - You Don't Own Me Anymore - New West Records

John Prine - Knockin' On Your Screen Door - The Tree of Forgiveness - Oh Boy/Thirty Tigers

Nanci Griffith - Speed of the Sound of Loneliness - Winter Marquee - Rounder

Steve Goodman (John Prine) - Souvenirs - Affordable Art - Red PJ

Parsonsfield - Kick Out the Windows - WE - Signature Sounds

The East Pointers - No Bridge Too Far - What We Leave Behind - The East Pointers

Chris Castle - Bird - Crazy Wind -Dirtsandwh

Darlingside - Singularity - Extralife - More Doug Records/Thirty

Heidi Talbot - Everything - In Love + Light - Compass

Hour Two:

Norman Blake - Little Joe - Back Home in Sulfer Springs - Rounder

Norman Blake - Ginseng Sullivan - Back Home in Sulfer Springs - Rounder

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert - Wouldn't Be the First Time - The Ledges - Dead Reckoning Records

Mike Barnett (feat. David Grisman) - Bow Wow - Portraits in Fiddles - Compass Records

Tim O'Brien - Go Down To the Water - Pompadour - Howdy Skies Records

Ry Cooder - Shrinking Man - The Prodigal Son - Fantasy Records/Concord

Mavis Staples - Down In Mississippi - We'll Never Turn Back - ANTI

Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies - Golden Hour - MCA Nashville

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

The Wood Brothers - Strange As It Seems - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar Records

Elephant Revival - Lexington - Break In the Clouds - Ruff Shod

Parker Millsap - Jealous Sun - The Very Last Day - Okrahoma Records

Iron & Wine - Bitter Truth - Beast Epic - Sub Pop Records

Adriel Denae - Build A World - Build A World - Refuge Foundation for the Arts

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 PRX.org 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 9:00 PM

Folk Alley Presents 'THE KING' at CIFF42

March 9, 2018

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Folk Alley presents two screenings of the documentary THE KING at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival. Director Eugene Jarecki travels America in Elvis' 1963 Rolls Royce talking to people along the way about the parallels between Elvis' rise and fall and the post-war American experience. Folk Alley listeners can use the code "FOLK" for a $2 ticket discount for screenings on April 6 at 7:20 PM and April 7 at 2:10 PM. Both screenings will be at Tower City Cinemas.

As a young man, Elvis Presley was the embodiment of the American dream. A poor boy from the country, he carved his own path and rose to unprecedented fame faster than anyone had before. More than 40 years after his death, Elvis is still known around the world as "The King." But even this perceived immortality could not prevent the tragedy that befell him. In fact, the very factors that led to his success would ultimately lead to his demise. And while Elvis lost his authenticity to fame and money, his country was losing its democracy to capitalism and greed, making Elvis the perfect metaphor for America. THE KING is an all-encompassing deep dive into the promises and failures of the United States and rise and fall of the biggest empire the world has ever known. Among the notable appearances in the film are Folk Alley artists Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Radney Foster, M. Ward and Linda Thompson.

Regular ticket prices are $14 for CIFF members and $16 for non-members. By using the code "FOLK," Folk Alley members can receive a $2 discount on their CIFF tickets good for any Festival Film (unless otherwise specified). Members can purchase tickets online at www.clevelandfilm.org, at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by phone at 877-304-FILM (3456).

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:58 PM

Hear It First: Parsonsfield, 'WE'

March 5, 2018

by Elena See, Folk Alley

Parsonsfield-Folk-Alley-Hear-It-First-600.jpgI read something on Twitter the other day - and I can't remember who wrote it, so apologies if it was you. It went something like this: "Sometimes it's ok to acknowledge that you're tired. Sometimes it's ok to not fill every second with something. Sometimes it's ok to say, 'I need a break.'" In this world we live in, this world that's a constant push toward doing more, being more, and having more, this reminder to pause and to consider is something we all need from time to time.

The 5-piece band Parsonsfield made it a point to pause recently. They stopped touring for a couple of months - quite a change of pace for this non-stop Massachusetts quintet - and focused solely on creating and recording a new 5-song EP, 'WE.'

"'WE' is not about you and me or even 'us,' the band," the musicians say. Instead, "it's about finding our way in the world one day at a time, trying to live out each moment until the sun goes down." Taking life one day at a time - that's certainly something this group knows about. Founded in 2010, and formerly known as Poor Old Shine, they've undergone some sound changes as well as the name change. And yet, Parsonsfield just keeps on coming back, reinventing themselves a bit with each new album while maintaining a core belief in the power of voices and instruments (oh so many instruments!) raised together in song and in sound.

Despite 'WE''s short length, the band touches on more than a few of life's major themes: depression, love, loss, fear, living life to the fullest - the list goes on. From the opening "Light of the City," which, for all that it's a rich, fully orchestrated song, is really a thoughtful contemplation on being utterly alone, to the closing "Kick Out the Windows" (my favorite), a song which raises a fist against complacency and ends on a question, 'WE' is about appreciating life in the moment, and about being content with what you've got, rather than constantly searching and moving and looking toward something new.

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'WE' is out this Friday, March 9th on Signature Sounds Recordings, and is available for pre-order now via iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates


Posted by Linda Fahey at 2:25 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180301

March 4, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpgThis week on Folk Alley, in honor of Women's History Month, it's an encore broadcast of a show first heard in August 2017 featuring songs by artists who made NPR Music's 'Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women' list. We spotlight our favorite folk, roots, and Americana artists who made the cut, including: The Roches, Iris DeMent, Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Cassandra Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, Bobbie Gentry, and much more.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

The Roches - Mr. Sellack - The Roches - Warner Bros

Iris DeMent - Calling For You - My Life - Warner Bros

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me - Come Away With Me - BlueNote

Joni Mitchell - Coyote - Hejira - Asylum

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Universal Soldier - It's My Way (1964) - Vanguard

Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough - Tuesday Night Music Club - A & M Records

Alison Krauss & Union Station - Daylight - New Favorite - Rounder

Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust - Diamonds and Rust - A & M

Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe - Ode to Billie Joe - Capitol

Cassandra Wilson - Hellhound On My Trail - Blue Light 'Til Dawn - Blue Note

Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces - Wide Open Spaces - Monument/Sony Music

Indigo Girls - Land of Canaan - Indigo Girls - Epic

Bonnie Raitt - The Road's My Middle Name - Nick Of Time - Capitol/EMI

Hour Two:

Emmylou Harris - Goin' Back To Harlan - Wrecking Ball - Elektra

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car - Tracy Chapman - Elektra

The Staples Singers - I'll Take You There - Be Altitude: Respect Yourself - Stax

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

Odetta - It's A Mighty World - It's A Mighty World - RCA/Victor

Nina Simone - Backlash Blues - Nina Simone Sing the Blues - RCA/Victor

Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castle - Little Plastic Castle - Righteous Babe

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Mercury

Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors - Coat of Many Colors

Carole King - I Feel the Earth Move - Tapestry - Ode

Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee - Pearl - Columbia

Joni Mitchell - All I Want - Blue - Reprise

Joni Mitchell - A Case of You - Blue - Reprise


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 PRX.org 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 12:08 AM

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.

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

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PLAYLIST

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 PRX.org 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.

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PLAYLIST

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 PRX.org 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)

PLAYLIST

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 PRX.org 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."

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

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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:
email: Contest@folkalley.com;
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.}}

PLAYLIST

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

Traffic - John Barleycorn - John Barleycorn Must Die - Rhino

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 PRX.org 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 2:46 PM

Song Premiere: Caitlin Canty, "Motel"

January 31, 2018

by Elena See, Folk Alley

CaitlinCanty_DavidMcClisterPhoto2 500sq Folk Alley Song Premiere Motel.jpgIf you're able to focus on anything other than Caitlin Canty's quiet and compelling voice (hard, I know, but try), it'll be impossible NOT to notice just how much Russ Pahl's pedal steel adds to "Motel."

In fact, once you notice Pahl on "Motel," you start to notice all the other musicians on the new album, 'Motel Bouquet.' Each takes a turn working to add balance and depth to Canty's already thoughtful lyrics and phrasing (helped along at times by Aoife O'Donovan on harmony vocals). Stuart Duncan picks up the fiddle every now and again, Paul Kowert's on bass; it's Jerry Roe on drums and percussion, and producer Noam Pikelny on electric guitar and banjo. A talented ensemble cast, to say the least, and one that showed up to provide support to a musician who takes great advantage of what's being offered to her.

"Releasing this record feels like a sigh after a long haul," Canty says. And that makes a lot of sense, especially when you know it's something she worked on while she was on the move - not only touring around the country in the wake of 2015's 'Reckless Skyline,' but also while she packed up her car and moved from her native Vermont to her new home: Nashville, Tennessee.

The end result of the move? An album to be proud of: "I couldn't be happier with this record - the way it sounds, and the way it went down," Canty says. "Making music with this band made me fall in love with making records again."

That sense of falling in love and feeling content and peaceful is especially obvious in "Motel." It is, Canty notes, "about as direct and sunny as my songs get. I woke up in California feeling truly rested and happy for the first time in a long time."

And it IS a happy song, albeit a quiet one. Of course, without being able to dive into Canty's head and explore her personal inspirations, you can't know exactly what it's all about. But, with lines like "It was love that broke my sorrow/Like the day breaks all night," you can guess that "Motel" just might be about a new love. More than that, it seems to hint toward a love - and a sense of contentment - that's a whole lot stronger than anything that has come before.

'Motel Bouquet' will be released on March 30 via Tone Tree Music and is available for pre-order now - HERE.

Upcoming tour dates.

Posted by Linda Fahey at 8:51 AM

In Review: Guest DJ Hour with Mark Erelli

January 27, 2018

Mark-Erelli_0009hires.jpgNew England singer-songwriter, Mark Erelli joins Cindy Howes for a special guest DJ hour on Folk Alley. Erelli has just released his latest album 'Mixtape,' a collection of covers that he has performed at his annual 'Under The Covers' live show at Club Passim in Boston. The covers night celebrated its 14th annual concert on December 15, 2017.

Mark discusses his new album with Cindy, and plays DJ for the hour selecting music ranging from Lizz Wright and Tom Petty to Kris Delmhorst, Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, and more!

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Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:54 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180125

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg This week on Folk Alley, Elena See shares new music from Caitlin Canty, Mark Erelli, and David Myles; plus 2'fer from the 'American Folk' motion picture soundtrack; and a set from Old Crow Medicine Show including a new song from their upcoming release, 'Volunteer' due out this spring.

In hour two, more new music by Tracy Grammer, Chris Smither, Steep Canyon Rangers, Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman, The Wailin' Jennys, and a set from John Gorka's latest, 'True In Time.' All this and much more!

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Pat Donohue - (The Other End of) The Mississippi River Blues - Backroads - Bluesky Records

Peter Ostroushko - Bemidji Blues - Postcards - Red House Records

Trampled By Turtles - Are You Behind the Shining Star - Wild Animals - BanjoDad Records (Thirty)

Caitlin Canty - Take Me For a Ride - Motel Bouquet - Tone Tree Music

Noam Pikelny - Old Banjo - Universal Favorite - Rounder Records

Jerry Garcia & David Grisman (compilation) - Freight Train - American Folk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - American Folk Records

Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth - Moonlight - American Folk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - American Folk Records

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

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

Asylum Street Spankers - I Love You - Exclusive Folk Alley recording, 11/2002 36th Kent State Folk Festival

Mark Erelli - Ophelia - Mixtape - Mark Erelli

The Band - Acadian Driftwood - Northern Lights - Southern Cross - Capitol

Old Crow Medicine Show (compilation) - We're All In This Together - Transamerica motion picture soundtrack - Nettwerk

Old Crow Medicine Show - Flicker & Shine - Volunteer - Sony/Columbia

Hour Two:

Cara Dillon - The Banks of the Foyle - Wanderer - Charcoal Records

Hanneke Cassel - Passing Place / Silver Special - Trip To Walden Pond - Cassel Records

Planxty - Follow Me Up To Carlow - Planxty - Shanachie

John Gorka - Crowded Heart - True In Time - Red House/Compass

John Gorka - The Ballad of Iris & Pearl - True In Time - Red House/Compass

Tracy Grammer - The Mark - Low Tide - Self

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer (compilation) - Tanglewood Tree - Philadelphia Folk Festival - 40th Anniversary - Sliced Brd

Chris Smither - The Blame's On Me - Call Me Lucky - Signature Sounds

The Suitcase Junket (in-studio) - Twisted Fate (in-studio) - Folk Alley in-studio session - Folk Alley/WKSU exclusive

Kris Delmhorst - Magnolia - The Wild - Blueblade Records

Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman - Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie - Dear John - Refuge Foundation for the

Della Mae - Bowling Green - I Built This Heart

Steep Canyon Rangers - The Speed We're Traveling - Out In the Open - Ramseur Records

Wayne Henderson - Wheels - Made & Played - TruckerRoa

The Wailin' Jennys - Old Churchyard - Fifteen - Red House 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 PRX.org 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 11:32 AM

Hear It First: 'American Folk' Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth

January 22, 2018

by Cindy Howes, Folk Alley

American Folk Motion Picture Soundtrack Folk Alley Hear It First.jpg'American Folk' is a film about two musicians who take an unexpected cross-country road trip in the wake of September 11th. They meet on a flight to New York that, after takeoff, is forced to return to Los Angeles when planes across the country are grounded for three days after 9/11. Desperate to make it to New York, the pair obtains a 1972 Chevy Caravan and embarks on their journey where they encounter many different characters all reeling after the terrorist attacks.

Actual singer-songwriters Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth star in the film and perform 14 of the 16 songs on its soundtrack. The tribute to the American folk music tradition seen through the eyes of two songwriters driving across a vulnerable nation is a heartwarming premise. Standouts on the soundtrack are the tender moments between Purdy and Rubarth on their original material. Each wrote two songs for the film with the highlight being Purdy's "This Old Guitar" (long version), which evokes the emotion and fragility that make him a great songwriter. Rubarth has an impressive ability to channel the American folk tradition, which also flows freely on her own songs such as her original, "Townes." In the end, you are left with wanting to hear more original tunes featuring Purdy and Rubarth collaborations.

'American Folk' soundtrack is out on January 26th via American Folk Records and is available for pre-order now at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates

LISTEN to the entire soundtrack HERE.


Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:05 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180118

January 20, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Ruthie Foster (feat. Derek Trucks) - Joy Comes Back - Joy Comes Back - Blue Corn Music

Paul Thorn - You Might Be Wrong - Pimps & Preachers - Perpetual Obscurity

Mary Gauthier - Brothers - Rifles & Rosary Beads - In the Black Records/Thirty

Bruce Cockburn - Bone On Bone -Bone On Bone - True North

Stephen Fearing - Love Like Water - Every Soul's a Sailor - Stephen Fearing

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton - Little Black Bear - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton - The Last - Folk Alley Sessions - Folk Alley Exclusive

Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons - Never Meant to Love You - Old Believer - Readymade Records

Bon Iver - Skinny Love - For Emma, Forever Ago - Jagjaguw

Tracy Grammer - Hole - Low Tide - Self

Tracy Grammer - Forty-niner - Low Tide - Self

John Gorka - Tattooed - True In Time - Red House/Compass

Darrell Scott - A Crooked Road - A Crooked Road - Full Light Records

Hour Two:

Darlingside - Hold Your Head Up High - Extralife - Thirty Tigers

Caitlin Canty - I Never - Reckless Skyline - Caitlin Canty

Willie Watson - The Cuckoo Bird - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony Records

Tommy Emmanuel - C-Jam Blues (feat. David Grisman & Bryan Sutton) - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Bryan Sutton - Time Has Come - The More I Learn - Sugar Hill

Kim Richey (feat. Chuck Prophet) - Whistle On Occasion - Edgeland - Yep Roc Records

The Websters & Scott Nygaard - It's My Lazy Day - Ten Thousand Miles - LotsofRec

Steep Canyon Rangers - Farmers and Pharaohs - Out In the Open - Ramseur Records

Kane, Welch, & Kaplin - Red Light Blinking - Kane, Welch, & Kaplin - Compass

Chastity Brown - After You - Back-Road Highways - Creative Dreams

The Wood Brothers - Happiness Jones - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar Records/Thirty

The Wood Brothers - River Takes the Town - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar Records/Thirty

Wilco - The Late Greats - A Ghost Is Born - Nonesuch

May Erlewine - Wild - Mother Lion - Earthwork Music

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 PRX.org 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 2:01 PM

Hear It First: John Gorka, 'True In Time'

January 16, 2018

by Cindy Howes, Folk Alley

John Gorka True In Time Folk Alley Hear It First Cindy Howes 300.jpgJohn Gorka is a towering figure in folk music thanks to his longevity, powerful baritone, collaborative spirit, and remarkable songwriting. Gorka has been on the scene since the early 1980's, where he cut his teeth in the Fast Folk circles (among others) in New York, playing in coffeehouse alongside folks like Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin and Nanci Griffith. That deep and steady voice he hones brilliantly is like the Bing Crosby of singer-songwriters. And the feeling of assuredness and comfort in that voice is one that few others evoke. John's musical partnerships span decades and include friends like Eliza Gilkyson, Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) and Lucy Kaplansky. If you follow the trail of his writing, you'll find deep and meaningful songs from one of the genre's most quietly thoughtful troubadours.

All of this is apparent on his latest record, 'True In Time.' Produced in Minneapolis with some of the best session players in the city, the album was recorded live, which is apparent in the organic flow and groove. The overall earnest approach is genuine, which is the only thing John Gorka could ever be. In all honesty, Gorka is something of a father figure: kind, supportive, stable, and has that special something that only an adorable dad can pull off: dad humor. Lines like "The cool people had a meeting and decided I was not one of them," kinda make you wanna groan and roll your eyes in jest. Gorka is a silly guy; if you've ever met him or seen him in concert you've experienced his sense of humor that occasionally gets into his songwriting. Sometimes it's charming and sometimes it's.... not. However, once you start getting under the hood, you'll discover the profound meaning and extraordinary origins of (most of) the songs.

On 'True In Time,' the best example of Gorka's cuteness aligning with his exceptional songwriting is the song "The Ballad of Iris & Pearl," where he creates fictional hero folk singers who flew under radar for the whole of their career. He re-writes music history claiming the two women taught Elvis and Dylan everything they know. The best part is when you find out the song was inspired by Eliza Gilkyson's two dogs (named Iris and Pearl) at her songwriting retreat in Taos, NM.

On the flipside of that silliness is the root of the title track, a co-write with Pete Kennedy. A Facebook post John shared of Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion" after the death of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds caused Kennedy to respond, "Maybe all songs come true in time." Peter later suggested this sounded like a song, which led to co-writing long distance. Not sure if it was intentional to make the song sound like it came from The Great American Songbook, but it wouldn't be out of place if Fisher and Reynolds ever had the chance to sing it on stage together.

John's guitar playing has always been the ultimate, the classic, and the very definition of the folk singer-songwriter. Hearing it ring out alongside the crack session musicians on 'True In Time' only makes it more true and steadfast. Gorka is at his best when he's keeping it sincere and contemplative. Also, guest appearances by Jonatha Brooke, Eliza Gilkyson, and Lucy Kaplansky just add to the high quality of this music.

At the end of the day, Gorka's soulful voice, songwriting, and guitar work are what we're here for, and they are given center stage on this solid record.

'True In Time' is out on January 19 via Compass/Red House Records, and is available for pre-order now at iTunes and Amazon.com

Upcoming tour dates



Posted by Linda Fahey at 12:45 PM

Hear It First: Tracy Grammer, 'Low Tide'

January 14, 2018

by Elena See, Folk Alley

LOW TIDE COVER-RGB 300x300 FOLK ALLEY copy.jpgIf you've ever walked along an ocean's shore at low tide, you'll see things you don't normally see. Low tide is when the sea is at its lowest level. And so all sorts of the ocean's secrets - the animals, the shells, the plant life you never normally get to see - are exposed. There are no secrets at low tide.

And that's why 'Low Tide' is such an appropriate title for Tracy Grammer's new album. There are no secrets here. With this album, her 11th but her first of all (almost all) original songs, Grammer lays bare her very soul. "These are very personal songs," she says. "Songs about family, loss, hope, and relationships."

Tracy Grammer has been making music since 1997 and is best known for her collaboration with the late Dave Carter. When he died in 2002, she continued to perform, but most often sang Carter's songs, rather than her own material. "I made it my mission to get people to sing along," she says. Her mission changed a few years ago when she participated in a songwriter project and she's eager, she says, to get her own music in front of audiences (who, it should be noted, have LONG been demanding it).

Grammer sings about mistakes. About passion. About failures. And about wishes and dreams that were never - and will never be - fulfilled. As you listen to certain songs ("Hole," "Daffodil Days," a cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting"), you'll be hard pressed NOT to think about Dave Carter and about their relationship, which was both professional and personal.

However, in the midst of this intense pain and self-recrimination, there's also a sense that Grammer is finally able to let go of some her sorrow. Her voice on "Free," for example, is peaceful and light. As she sings about learning to let go, about the wonder that comes when "all the worry, all the running away is done," you know: this is the voice of a songwriter who has made her peace with the past and who is ready - and more than willing - to move forward.

'Low Tide' will be released on January 19th, and is available for pre-order directly at Tracy's Bandcamp page, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

Upcoming tour dates


Posted by Linda Fahey at 10:23 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180111

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

Odetta - Got My Mind On Freedom - It's A Mighty World - RCA/Victor

Rhiannon Giddens - Birmingham Sunday - Freedom Highway - Nonesuch

Brandi Carlile - The Mother - By the Way, I Forgive You - Elektra

Buddy Miller & Friends (feat. Brandi Carlile & the Lone Bellow) - Angel From Montgomery - Cayamo Sessions at Sea - New West Records

Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth - Someone Singing With Me - American Folk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - American Folk Records

James Keelaghan - Sing My Heart Home - Home - Appleseed

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

The Lonely Heartstring Band - The Look In My Eye - Deep Waters - Rounder Records/Concord

Musique a Bouches - Le Maréchal - Jusqu'aux oreilles - Musique a Bouches

John Gorka - Arroyo Seco - True In Time - Red House/Compass

Tom Russell - Where The Dream Begins - Borderland - Hightone

Mavis Staples - Eyes On the Prize - We'll Never Turn Back - ANTI

Mavis Staples - MLK Song - Livin' On A High Note - ANTI

Hour Two:

Mile Twelve - You Don't Even Know It Yet - Onwards - Delores the Taurus

Darlingside - Bird Say - Bird Say - Thirty Tigers

Solas - The Wind that Shakes the Barley - Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers - Shanachie

Usher's Island - Five Drunken Landladies - Usher's Island - Compass Records

We Banjo 3 - Tell Me Why (Gather the Good) - Gather the Good - We Banjo 3

Rodney Crowell - Shake Your Money Maker - Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (compilation) - Sylvan Songs

Keb' Mo' - Look On Yonder Wall - Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (compilation) - Sylvan Songs

Samantha Fish - Need You More - Belle of the West - Ruf Records

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three - Head To Toe - Middle of Everywhere - Free Dirt Records

Upstate Rubdown - Bad Enough - A Remedy - Upstate Rubdown

Tommy Emmanuel (with Jason Isbell) - Deep River Blues - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Tommy Emmanuel (with Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo) - Djangology - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers

Norman Blake - Randall Collins - Back Home in Sulphur Springs - Rounder

Mark Erelli - Deep Red Bells - Mixtape - Mark Erelli

Kris Delmhorst - The Wild - The Wild - Blueblade 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 PRX.org 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 12:04 PM

Folk Alley Radio Show #180104

January 11, 2018

by Linda Fahey

Folk Alley Logo - tan matte 240.jpg Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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PLAYLIST

Artist - Title - Album - Label

Hour One:

The Decemberists - January Hymn - The King Is Dead - Capitol

Drew Emmitt - Big Ice - Across The Bridge - Compass

Ruth Moody - Cold Outside - The Garden - Red House Records

Steep Canyon Rangers - Out In the Open - Out In the Open - Ramseur Records

River Whyless - Falling Son - We Are the Light - Roll Call Records

Greensky Bluegrass - Take Cover - Shouted, Written Down and Quoted - Big Blue Zoo (Thirty Tigers)

Billy Strings - Living Like An Animal - Turmoil & Tinfoil - Apostol Recording

Mary Gauthier - The War After the War - Rifles & Rosary Beads - In the Black Records/Thirty

Steve Earle & The Dukes and Dutchesses - Invisible - The Low Highway - New West Records

Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth - Townes - American Folk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - American Folk Records

Townes Van Zandt - Pancho & Lefty - Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972 - Omnivore Records

Samantha Fish - American Dream - Belle of the West - Ruf Records

Luther Dickinson - Horseshoe (Reprise) - Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook) Volumes I & II - New West Records

Guy Davis - Taking Just A Little Bit of Time - Kokomo Kidd - M.C. Records

Hour Two:

Alan Doyle - Bully Boys - A Week at the Warehouse - Universal Music Canada

Great Big Sea (live, compilation) - Going Up - Philadelphia Folk Festival - 40th Anniversary - Sliced Brd

Jeffrey Martin - Thrift Store Dress - One Go Around - Fluff & Gravy

Mike Barnett (feat. Bryan Sutton) - Hangman's Reel - Portraits in Fiddles - Compass Records

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

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

Sarah Jarosz - Comin' Undone - Undercurrent - Sugar Hill

Offa Rex - Bonny May - The Queen of Hearts - Nonesuch

June Tabor & Oysterband - Bonnie Bunch of Roses - Ragged Kingdom - Topic

Usher's Island - Cairndaisy - Usher's Island - Compass Records

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings - Driftin' Snow - South - File Under: Music

Richie & Rosie - Cold Mountain - Nowhere In Time - Richie & Rosie

Caitlin Canty - Vermont - Golden Hour - Self

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 PRX.org 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 10:03 AM

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