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2010 was another outstanding year for new music, and just like the diverse music you hear on Folk Alley, our hosts and staff have wide ranging tastes as well. We love it all - everything from contemporary singer/songwriters, Americana, Celtic, Bluegrass & Old-Time, World Music, and more.

Check out Folk Alley's individual staff & host "favorites" lists for 2010.


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Red Molly new album has some beauties, so many originals and a couple covers that with knock your socks off. Moll Venter's "Sing to Me" is amazing. Abbie's dobro strumming is amazing!

Posted by Ginger Fowler on December 20, 2014.
Red Molly new album has some beauties, so many originals and a couple covers that with knock your socks off. Moll Venter's "Sing to Me" is amazing. Abbie's dobro strumming is amazing!

Posted by Ginger Fowler on December 20, 2014.
Missing: Natalie Merchant, Natalie Merchant. Alexa Woodward, Might Nigh. Jenny Scheinman, Littlest Prisoner. Gregory Page, One Way Journey Home. Claudia Schmidt, New Whirled Order. Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer, Maritime. Steve Dawson, Rattlesnake Cage and several British folk albums.

Posted by Hans Jansen on December 18, 2014.
Chris Smither for certain. What an accomplished singer songwriter

Posted by John Jordan on December 16, 2014.
Will Kimbrough and every groove he is part of!!

Posted by Ford G. on December 16, 2014.
Will Kimbrough !

Posted by on December 16, 2014.
Anything that Will Kimbrough is involved with

Posted by tim huffman on December 16, 2014.
A few that I didn't see on the list: Robyn Hitchcock (The Man Upstairs), Richard Thompson (Acoustic Classics), Chrissie Hynde (Stockholm)

Posted by Brian M. on December 16, 2014.


Posted by on December 16, 2014.
Love Will Kimbrough - awesome talent!

Posted by Lisa on December 16, 2014.
LOVE Will Kimbrough!

Posted by Cheryl Kayser on December 16, 2014.
LOVE Will Kimbrough!

Posted by Cheryl Kayser on December 16, 2014.
Sideshow Love is a great album and so is Willy Sugarcapps first album.

Posted by Mary Bonnell on December 16, 2014.
Great year for great music.

Posted by Will Kimbrough on December 16, 2014.
Love the mix of instruments & the sweet, gentle voices!!!

Posted by Jane Weissert on December 15, 2014.
Lots of great music this year. Tough to pick just 10

Posted by Jeff from Lancaster on December 15, 2014.
Birds of Chicago released Live From SPACE in 2014. It's a great album.

Posted by Furry Lewis on December 15, 2014.
Love the harmonizing of The Early Mays!!

Posted by John Pinkerton on December 14, 2014.
The Early Mays and The Sea The Sea both released amazing albums this year!

Posted by Linda Holsing on December 14, 2014.
The Early Mays and The Sea The Sea both released amazing albums this year!

Posted by Linda Holsing on December 14, 2014.
I picked 10 with "Carter Girl" by Carlene Carter as my number one!

Posted by Patti Timmerman on December 14, 2014.
I picked 10 with "Carter Girl" by Carlene Carter as my number one!

Posted by Patti Timmerman on December 14, 2014.
Feisty, sexy, funny. Don't talk, just listen... to the Hello Strangers.

Posted by Erk on December 14, 2014.
The Hello Strangers get my vote! Awesome music! Every song!

Posted by Bill Hose on December 14, 2014.
I vote for The Hello Strangers.

Posted by Candy on December 13, 2014.


Posted by on December 13, 2014.
Hello Strangers!

Posted by Tracy Salka on December 13, 2014.
I'm really into Shook Twins right now. What We Do is a very good album.

Posted by Dave on December 12, 2014.
Voting for The Hello Strangers!

Posted by Joel on December 12, 2014.
Voting for The Hello Strangers

Posted by Robert Mathieson on December 12, 2014.
The Hello Strangers

Posted by Pattie K on December 12, 2014.
The Hello Strangers

Posted by Ryan on December 12, 2014.
TheHello Strangers

Posted by Laurie MUfson on December 12, 2014.
Hello Strangers!!!

Posted by on December 12, 2014.
The Hello Strangers

Posted by Laurie MUfson on December 12, 2014.
The Hello Strangers!

Posted by Brian on December 12, 2014.
'Hello Strangers' - oh, yeagh!

Posted by JES on December 12, 2014.
Love "Departures" by The Once!! Happy Holidays, All!!

Posted by Randy on December 12, 2014.
The Hello Strangers!! Love them : )

Posted by Donna on December 12, 2014.
The Hello Strangers, album "The Hello Strangers"

Posted by Barbara on December 11, 2014.
Wish we were allowed to pick more, maybe 20? :0)

Posted by Monica on December 10, 2014.
I don't see several of the albums I picked as 'best of 2014' before I looked at your list. I would definitely include Nathan Bell's BLOOD LIKE A RIVER, Mark Viator & Susan Maxey's BOTTOM OF THE BLUES, Richard Berman's YOU'RE HOME NOW, Larry Kaplan's SONGS FOR AN AUGUST MOON, Nathan Bowles NANSEMOND, Matt Harlan's RAVEN HOTEL, and Malcomb Holcombe's PITIFUL BLUES, just to name a few.

Posted by Larry Looney on December 10, 2014.
Love to see the Run Boy Run, Littlest Birds, and Michael Barnett added to the list. Three of my favorite releases this year.

Posted by Matt on December 08, 2014.
Thanks Linda, I thought 'Quiet About It: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester' had just come out 5-6 months ago. Dumb of me.

Posted by Art Pacheco on December 08, 2014.
Great supporting so many singer-songwriters who've played in our Bowman House Concert Series, metro Atlanta's longest-running house concert series. Spreading the word for others to join in the voting.

Posted by bowman on December 08, 2014.
Art, 'Quiet About It: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester' isn't on the list because it came out in September of 2012. (It was on our 2012 list.)

Posted by Linda Fahey on December 08, 2014.
Some of you are mentioning albums that are from last year (e.g. Emmylou Harris,Rodney Crowell-Old Yellow Moon, Aoife O'Donovan Fossils). D.T., it's in the introduction that you can "select up to 10."

Posted by Art Pacheco on December 08, 2014.
Why is "Quiet About It a Tribute To Jesse Winchester" by Various Artists not on this list? To me, it is a major omission, particularly by a folk music oriented station.

Posted by Art Pacheco on December 08, 2014.
Thanks for publishing this list. I voted for my faves and discovered many new releases to try.

Posted by Grateful Dud on December 06, 2014.
So much great new stuff this year, it was difficult to narrow it down to 10 favorites.

Posted by Peggy Szymeczek on December 06, 2014.
Whoops, just saw it. My bad!

Posted by BJ on December 06, 2014.
The Early Mays, self titled. 2nd on the folk DJ charts in October. Where is it in the list above? Really great stuff!

Posted by BJ on December 06, 2014.
It says above "one vote per person" so what gives with people saying it's hard to pick 10?

Posted by D.T. on December 05, 2014.
I'd like all 10 votes cast for Carrie Newcomer's "A Permeable Life"

Posted by Kathleen Hanika on December 05, 2014.
Victoria Blythe's just released Silver Flyer--seriously gorgeous folk-jazz cross-over.

Posted by Greg B on December 05, 2014.


Posted by on December 04, 2014.


Posted by on December 04, 2014.
Love them Stray Birds!

Posted by Marcelle on December 04, 2014.
Old Yellow Moon-Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Posted by Sharolyn Bennett on December 04, 2014.
Best Album: The Willows - Amidst Fiery Skies - Elk Records

Posted by David Savage on December 04, 2014.
Best Album: The Willows - Amidst Fiery Skies - Elk Records

Posted by David Savage on December 04, 2014.
Oh, and Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney - The Banner Days

Posted by Michael Stover on December 04, 2014.
Jiggley Jones - A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light Ed Roman - Letters From High Latitudes

Posted by Michael Stover on December 04, 2014.
At some point in time the generation that experienced talent like The Byrds, Niel Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash had to have a come back. That time has come, but with a little more diversity in the form of: The Stray Birds.

Posted by Junita Hahn on December 04, 2014.
Aoife O'Donovan Fossils!

Posted by Larry Rose on December 04, 2014.
In case you missed it in the above paragraph...(and it seems like some of you have!) In the ballot below (viewable only after you log-in on the website) there are over 190 albums that include music Folk Alley added to the steam this year (plus a few others). It's very possible that one of your favorites might be missing from the ballot. Don't take it personally. We receive well over a 1000 CDs each year, and we can't possibly add everything that comes through the door. If you don't see one of your favorite 2014 releases on the ballot, by all means, please write the artist and album title in the comments box below.

Posted by Linda Fahey on December 04, 2014.
This list is poorly and desperately incomplete. Can't vote because 90% of my favorites are not on the list. The Littlest Birds - Live & Lucky Sweetwater String Band - River of Rhymes Run Boy Run - Something to Someone Lake Street Dive ??????!!!!! How could you not have Lake Street Dive!!!! etc etc etc...

Posted by Dave H on December 04, 2014.
Where are The Littlest Birds (Live & Lucky) or Sweetwater String Band (River of Rhymes) or Run Boy Run (Something to someone), or Lake Street Dive (bad self portraits), or Quiles and Cloud (Seminole Star). Can't vote until more of the Albums I'm digging are on this list!

Posted by Sharon on December 04, 2014.
I wish very well-known people were not on the list, much as I like and admire the likes of John Hiatt and Leonard Cohen. Need more room for struggling greats :)

Posted by Guy Johnson on December 04, 2014.
RUN BOY RUN's latest album "Something to Someone" released October 2014 deserves to be #1

Posted by Peter Rolland on December 04, 2014.
Only 10 votes makes that tough, I really wanted 13 or 14 votes.

Posted by Nathan on December 04, 2014.
Lynne Hanson's album "River of Sand" was released in September and deserves a place of honour on this list!

Posted by Grant on December 04, 2014.
Leonard Cohen Popular Problems... it was a tough choice, as there are so so many good albums out there.

Posted by Renee Weitzner on December 04, 2014.
Ari Hest - Shouts and Whispers

Posted by Stan Garfield on December 04, 2014.
Slightly confused. Lucinda Williams but no Lydia Loveless. Baffling...

Posted by Stevo on December 04, 2014.
Connor Garvey - Meteors & Beating Hearts

Posted by Jill Padua on December 04, 2014.
*If you're looking for the Chris Smither 'Still On the Levee' album to vote for, it's last on the ballot. Sorry, Jim! :-)

Posted by Linda Fahey on December 04, 2014.
Maz O'Connor "This Willowed Light"

Posted by Matt Bittner on December 03, 2014.
Album: Future Pilot Group: We're about 9

Posted by on December 03, 2014.
Jann ... Close out that pop-up window, and go the FA site and log in. You can find the stream there.

Posted by Don on October 22, 2014.
I can't get in to hear music any more on your site. It keeps popping up a message from your admin. When I enter my "username" (email address?) and password for login, it pops the window back out and doesn't accept it. Pls. advise, thx.

Posted by Jann on October 20, 2014.
Brilliant. Ol' Bill'd be proud.

Posted by Will Richardson on September 08, 2014.
Brilliant. Ol' Bill'd be proud.

Posted by Will Richardson on September 08, 2014.
"Birches" is absolutely beautiful!

Posted by Mike on September 06, 2014.
Thank you.

Posted by Roger & Jennifer Heatley on September 03, 2014.
Would I be able to perform at this festival?

Posted by Jesse R. on March 30, 2014.
As always, a gift of new music from Eliza beautifully wrapped and care-fully delivered. Thanks, E.G.!

Posted by Dan on March 11, 2014.
Thanks for another brilliant body of work!

Posted by on March 11, 2014.
Another stellar Eliza Gilkyson album! Bravo! Thanks for the advance stream Folk Alley.

Posted by Jeff on March 11, 2014.
For anybody trying to stream the album on a mobile device - we're sorry that our player doesn't work unless you're streaming on a desktop. :-( We're currently looking into other player options for future 'Hear It First' features. Sorry for the inconvenience! -- Linda Fahey

Posted by Linda on February 24, 2014.
When I try to play the album, "undefined" pops up on the album label. My streaming folk music works fine. Is there a problem with the album?

Posted by lynn4we@sbcglobal.net on February 24, 2014.
Please play Green Fields of Summer sung by Peter Wolf and Neko Case) for Joe and Kara. It is a perfect Valentine Day song and was the first dance song at their wedding.

Posted by Luann Perzynski on February 14, 2014.
Great stuff! I love it when I hear new artists that I haven't been exposed to before. Excellent ear candy.

Posted by Uncle Scroge on February 13, 2014.
Great album! Thanks Folk Alley! (Go Hawks!)

Posted by Bob on January 31, 2014.
These guys are jaw-droppin' good! I completely stopped what I was doing when "Down in the Lonesome Draw" came on...I had to find out the name of the song. I'm headed in for my second listen. " Off the Chama" is really nice too. I'll be humming the whole album by end of day!

Posted by Pam Myers on January 30, 2014.
So excited that you added Mandolin Orange to your list and I've appreciated hearing them on Folk Alley streams. We love them down here in NC and know others will discover them too.

Posted by John Legge on January 05, 2014.
Very cool to see everyone I voted for made the list!

Posted by Scott Rubin on December 20, 2013.
YAY: Guy and Slaid are amongst my faves this year, too! One of my favorite festival memories from 2013 was hearing Slaid perform Texas Love Song, and his great yodelling (at altitude!)! Also glad to see up-and-comers Sarah, Aoife, and Elephant Revival amongst the best.

Posted by Nina Dropcho on December 19, 2013.
I agree with the Ben Bullington being included. There's a songwriter who deserves to be known and remembered. The Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot box deserves a mention, too.

Posted by Duke Lang on December 18, 2013.
Great list but so pleased to see Elephant Revival #1! My favorite band E V E R. Watching them blossom, grow and just keep getting better is a true joy. Wonderful folks, incredible musicians.

Posted by Frances on December 17, 2013.
Saw Elephant Revival and Slaid Cleaves this year. Phenomenal performers and musicians. Hope to see a few more this year. Can never get enough of roots music and real musicians.

Posted by Jim on December 17, 2013.
Bill - We didn't add the new Son Volt to Folk Alley, but we are welcoming write-in votes for 2013 releases. Joe Pug's latest CD came out in 2012, so it was listed on last year's ballot.

Posted by Linda on December 16, 2013.
Run Boy Run has my vote with So Sang the Whippoorwill. Original vocals and instrumentals!

Posted by Alis on December 16, 2013.
Deb Talan = great CD!

Posted by on December 16, 2013.
Would have voted for Son Volt and Joe Pug were they on the list.

Posted by Bill Revill on December 16, 2013.
Too many good acts to vote for only ten!

Posted by Scott Rubin on December 16, 2013.
Hey Mavis - Love them - Rocked it at the Paw Paw!

Posted by Michael W on December 16, 2013.
Wonderful CD. Great songs and great voice.

Posted by Marian on December 16, 2013.
Hey mavis

Posted by on December 16, 2013.
Check out Ben Bullington. His latest is co produced with Will Kimbrough and features Mary Chapin Carpenter and Bill Payne. Songs are outstanding. Ben died Nov. 18th - be good to see his songs live on.

Posted by Joanne Gardner on December 16, 2013.
Hi M.K. -- Shovels & Rope was a 2012 release. The albums on this years 'ballot' are the 2013 releases we've added to Folk Alley (so far.) --- We love Shovels & Rope, too, but they were on last years list.

Posted by Linda on December 16, 2013.
I LOVE Ray LaMontagne - God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise. Also, no Shovels & Rope on here? American Kid is amazing.

Posted by M.K. Wilkie on December 16, 2013.
Favorite album not on your list: Honeytown, Edgar Allan Crow Brilliant Americana/folk/gospel/fiddle/harmonies

Posted by Jeff on December 16, 2013.
Elephant Revival and the new Devil Makes 3...my faves of the year!!

Posted by Marc on December 16, 2013.
Elephant Revival has had me since 2008. Their music is transcendental, and brings the very best and deepest of my soul forth.

Posted by Robin on December 15, 2013.
Love Elephant Revival. Their music resembles the beautiful spirits the members of the band are. The music will bring you peace!

Posted by Julie on December 15, 2013.
Elephant Revival captivates me & takes me on glorious, eery, beautiful, haunting, spiritual rides. Many days, I cannot ask anything more from music. They do it for me!

Posted by John on December 15, 2013.
This was VERY difficult! My brain is still arguing with itself! I just Love Elephant Revival SO much, I HAD to... ;)

Posted by Brad Sittloh on December 15, 2013.
Thoughtful, hopeful music. They are all so wonderfully wonderful!

Posted by Judith on December 15, 2013.
elephant revival is the truth. i've seen them live about 9 times in the past few years, and every single show is like being at church, if you worship at the church of all that is beautiful and holy about just being alive and human. "down to the sea" fills me with tears every time and i feel like i'm going to discorporate. love love love ER!

Posted by leah on December 15, 2013.
Elephant Revival for 2013

Posted by Kim Bruder on December 15, 2013.
Elephant Revival's composition, variety, and musicality was most impressive in 2013.

Posted by Kevin on December 15, 2013.
What a great group of artists! Elephant revival is and has been my one of my favorite bands ever since I saw them at Harvest Festival in Ozark, AR in 2011! Changing skies is awesome from beginning to end!

Posted by on December 15, 2013.
Wow! What a list! So many great artists. However, Elephant Revival got my vote (and deserves it). Great musicians, new, fresh, and unique.

Posted by George T on December 15, 2013.
So many talented folks on this list -- love the music! Elephant Revival stands out this year for me after finding them at the Kate Wolf Music Festival. Wonderful!

Posted by Jim on December 15, 2013.
Going to see Hey Mavis on New Years Eve in Peninsula at GAR Hall...can't wait...

Posted by Ed Bridge on December 13, 2013.
Elephant Revival appeals to all ages and genres. Their music talent with deep, meaningful lyrics and rhythm bring joy and tears to us.

Posted by Peg on December 13, 2013.
Great Album, Great Music!

Posted by Trudi Small on December 11, 2013.
Honey Man, not out of the car CD player since I first slid it in there... Saw Hey Mavis live at the GAR Hall, Peninsula Ohio great show

Posted by Nancy R on December 11, 2013.
Hey Mavis is Fabulous! Listen up and vote for them!

Posted by Maureen on December 10, 2013.
Good luck Maya, you are truly the best. xoxo

Posted by Michele on December 10, 2013.
Heather Maloney (self-titled) and Holly Williams (The Highway) not only deserve to be among the nominees but also in the top 10.

Posted by Michael on December 10, 2013.
Disappointed that Heather Maloney isn't on the list. She gets my vote.

Posted by Kalo on December 09, 2013.
If you haven't seen and listened to The Tillers, you really haven't heard good music!!

Posted by Uncle Dick on December 09, 2013.
"Caldera" by Raina Rose should definitely be on this list....

Posted by Denis on December 09, 2013.
I clicked on Patty Griffin's Silver Bell by mistake, I actually meant to click on American Kid. At any rate, I definitely believe she had the best albums of 2013. I would rate Jeff Black's newest right behind her.

Posted by Fran on December 08, 2013.
GO Maya and The Ruins! Love your music.

Posted by Susanna on December 07, 2013.
Love elephant revival

Posted by Brittany on December 07, 2013.
Jeff Black, 'B-Sides and Confessions, Vol. 2'.

Posted by EdB on December 06, 2013.
You can't forget The Wood Brothers' latest release, The Muse. Amazing artists!

Posted by Sandra Mac on December 06, 2013.
P.S. Missed seeing Marshall Chapman's "Blaze of Glory" on this list!

Posted by missholly on December 06, 2013.
What a great list! 2013 was a truly memorable music year!

Posted by missholly on December 06, 2013.
Elephant Revival is the main reason I'm here!

Posted by on December 06, 2013.
Honey Don't "Heart Like A Wheel" needs to on this list!

Posted by Tim on December 06, 2013.
Elephant Revival is the tops.

Posted by Zanni on December 05, 2013.
T., do you listen to Folk Alley? They get played a ton. And this is for 2013 releases...did ER come out with more than one CD this year?

Posted by Jeff on December 05, 2013.
Elephant Revival should have another album listed on here! AND, E.R. should be played more, they don't get the recognition or air time they deserve.

Posted by T. on December 05, 2013.
Holly Williams - The Highway I can't even take this poll seriously without Holly listed.

Posted by SONGbiscuit on December 05, 2013.
Kim Richey's 'Thorn In My Heart'. She is criminally underappreciated. Each succeeding release is her best.

Posted by EdB on December 05, 2013.
Can you please make the complete list available to us once we've voted? It would be nice lookup albums we haven't heard of. Thanks!

Posted by Robert on December 04, 2013.
I'd like to add 2: Another Life – James Maddock and American Ride- Willie Nile

Posted by Glenn on December 03, 2013.
A few 2013 suggestions for nominations: 1. William Tyler - Impossible Truth 2. Andrew Cedermark - Home Life 3. Glenn Jones - My Garden State

Posted by Michael Yoder on December 03, 2013.
Slaid Cleaves always speaks from the Heart, Outstanding Vocals, & Premiere Performer all around - best album of 2013 :-)

Posted by Crusty on December 02, 2013.
I, too miss the on-air folk music, as well as Matt and now-retired Jim. Weekends are NOT the same since Aug. 5...

Posted by Susan on December 02, 2013.
Would like to vote for Hurray for the riff raff but no option... All nominees are deserving...

Posted by Mike Colee on December 02, 2013.
Check out Pharis and Jason Ramero, a real old time sound from the heart of British Columbia. You won't be disappointed - fresh and timeless- a rare combination.

Posted by Cathryn Aune on December 01, 2013.
Missing 2013 albums/artists include: Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn McCarthy: What The Brothers Sang Brother Sun - Some Part of the Truth Lynn Miles - Downpour Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell - Turn Turn Turn Chris White & Julie Matthers- Infinite Sky My 3 vote-getters/ Tindersticks- Spirit In The Room Tift Merritt - Traveling Companion Steve Martin & Edie Brickell- Love Has Come For Us

Posted by Carl Reitz on December 01, 2013.
I saw Genticorum live this summer at Eaglewood FF. Absolutely wonderful, fun and compelling. Do yourself a favour, listen to these guys and prepare to be amazed! A must listen.

Posted by Paul R on December 01, 2013.
wow the Tillers what can you say brilliant we welcomed them to the Grapes in Stranraer they were amazing...hope they come back soon .

Posted by ruth eastwood on December 01, 2013.
Saw The Tillers at Stranraer on their recent UK tour. Great songs, loved the banjo-pickin' Hope Hand on The Plow wins.

Posted by Grace Fenwick on December 01, 2013.
So many great choices! Torn between Stray Birds, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, John Reischman, Aoife O'Donavan and Peter Rowan.

Posted by Max on November 30, 2013.
I love all this music , it's to choose but I did

Posted by Gigi Walker on November 29, 2013.
The Stray Birds - so, sooo, versatile! Quite capable of building a bridge between Classical and Folk music!

Posted by Gene on November 29, 2013.
Eric Bibb - Jericho Road

Posted by Pat Gee on November 28, 2013.
Joy Kills Sorrow!!!

Posted by Mary Lyn on November 28, 2013.
Jeff Black - B-Sides and Confessions, Vol. 2 I've been a fan of Jeff's music for over ten years and he continues to reach to the soul through his lyrics and music.

Posted by Bev Rehm on November 28, 2013.
I had to go with my friends Red Tail Ring. It's not often that the band that plays your wedding reception winds up on a "Year's Best" list... "The Heart's Swift Foot" is a fine album by two wonderful musicians.

Posted by John Weaver on November 28, 2013.
Slaid Cleaves was the outstanding record this year

Posted by Bob Crane on November 28, 2013.
No Broken Circle Breakdown? Really? With Inside Llewyn Davis up there, I am amazed that The Broken Circle Breakdown album did not even make the list, unless it's just a very well-kept secret!

Posted by Emily Whittredge on November 28, 2013.
Jeff Black-- B-Sides and Confessions, Vol. 2

Posted by Bailey Jones on November 28, 2013.
Phoebe Hunt, Live at the Cactus Cafe 3.2.2013 Popped Corn Records

Posted by Phil on November 27, 2013.
Poor Old Shine!

Posted by on November 27, 2013.
had lisa marie presley's cd "storm and grace" been listed, i would have voted for it! great roots album--wish more people knew about it. thanks!

Posted by anne davis on November 27, 2013.
So happy to see the Tillers listed! They do the Ohio Valley proud.

Posted by Gail on November 27, 2013.
I agree with Wilt...Bill McIver. His lyrics are topical, and I would describe "Last Man on the Mountain" as a protest song against mountaintop removal coal mining. I have heard his music in the Open Mic section of Folk Alley, not the main section. But worth a listen.

Posted by Amy Shinne on November 27, 2013.
Jeff Black - B-Sides And Confessions, Vol. II

Posted by Rogerio de Avila on November 27, 2013.
I ♡ the Tillers!

Posted by Lisa on November 27, 2013.
Great!

Posted by Phil on November 27, 2013.
Singer-songwriter Bill McIver from California. He sings about topics that matter, like the song "Red Crayons," about gun violence in USA. Check out his album "Dead Canary Road, " it was released in 2013. Meaningful lyrics...good stuff! -Wilt Mathis, OH

Posted by Wilt Mathis on November 27, 2013.
Love those Stray Birds...

Posted by Marcelle Muniz on November 27, 2013.
Tillers..Hand On The Plow...YEP!

Posted by Dex on November 27, 2013.
I realize I have a family bias, but it seems curious to me that you've included the other 2013 Red House Records folk releases on the ballot but not Meg Hutchinson's wonderful new album "Beyond That" (released Sept. 2013). Nice to see someone else mentioned her absence as well (thanks Larry Rose).

Posted by Jamie Hutchinson on November 27, 2013.
BROADSIDE by BELLOWHEAD

Posted by Eric Worrall on November 27, 2013.
Hand on the Plow is a great album! Love the Tillers!

Posted by Jane on November 27, 2013.
Go Tillers!! Love you guys!

Posted by Susie on November 27, 2013.
Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, really? Folk? really?

Posted by on November 27, 2013.
The Tillers are amazing!

Posted by Elise on November 27, 2013.
Tillers! Tillers! Tillers!

Posted by on November 27, 2013.
Tillers FTW!

Posted by Bill on November 27, 2013.
Just saw Red Tail Ring at our folk club. Their album, "The Heart's Swift Foot" is fantastic.

Posted by Cath K. on November 27, 2013.
Nothing like Maya and the Ruins. A pure voice and great talent.

Posted by Samantha on November 27, 2013.
We've been following Donna the Buffalo for almost 20 years, and they keep getting better. I hope they get the recognition they deserve.

Posted by Nancy O on November 27, 2013.
Glad to see the Stray Birds on the list!

Posted by Dan Kuchta on November 27, 2013.
We listen to your music every day! Good luck!!

Posted by Jeff Cheek on November 27, 2013.
Guy Clark! His roots run deep.

Posted by Gary Mc on November 27, 2013.
Hurray for the Riff Raff deseerve a nod!

Posted by John Robinson on November 27, 2013.
Honeytown Edgar Allen Crow!

Posted by Jeff Gundy on November 27, 2013.
The Stray Birds are just a joy to experience. Great songs...great harmony...great music!

Posted by Malcolm on November 27, 2013.
The Stray Birds #1

Posted by Courtney on November 27, 2013.
I would say The Stray Birds are the best even if my nephew wasn't the bass player.

Posted by JPCorrigan on November 27, 2013.
I had to go with my friends Red Tail Ring. It's not often that the band that plays your wedding reception winds up on a "Year's Best" list... "The Heart's Swift Foot" is a fine album by two wondeeful musicians.

Posted by John Weaver on November 27, 2013.
Stray Birds are wonderful, if you haven't checked them out you are missing a very talented group.

Posted by Ranae on November 27, 2013.
I could have voted for more than ten ! Such an abundance of great music this year .

Posted by Eva Johansen on November 27, 2013.
Wintersmith by Steeleye Span is the best of 2013 for me!

Posted by Chas Gilbert on November 27, 2013.
The Stray Birds and Driftwood are the two up and coming bands! No sitting on their laurels here, they are new and putting out great music!

Posted by Theresa on November 27, 2013.
Eric Taylor, Studio 10; Audrey Auld, TONK; Marshall Chapman, Blaze of Glory.

Posted by JG on November 26, 2013.
My vote is Artist: Annabelle Chvostek Album: Rise Label

Posted by MG on November 26, 2013.
Jason Isbell! Best record of the year.

Posted by Jeff Biby on November 26, 2013.
I'm still pissed at WKSU for cutting out nearly all on air folk music. No dollars from me until you put it back!

Posted by Martin Hilovsky. on November 26, 2013.
2013 has truly been a great year for folk music. I voted for ten and I would likely need another ten to do justice to all my favorites I left on the list.

Posted by David Lull on November 26, 2013.
The Tillers are amazing!

Posted by AG on November 26, 2013.
John McCutcheon for the cd 22 Days

Posted by on November 26, 2013.
What about John Paul Keith/ Don't miss a chance to see The Steel Wheels live, they will be at Merlefest again in 2014

Posted by Bill Cox on November 26, 2013.
Hi, Linda here -- I added The Stray Birds EP 'Echo Sessions' to the ballot. You'll find it at the end of the list. We just added it to Folk Alley this week, so it was a little late getting on the "ballot"...but very worthy of your votes! We <3 The Stray Birds, too.

Posted by Linda on November 26, 2013.
GUY CLARK….. WOW, OUT HIKING AND GUY ON THE IPOD.

Posted by Keith on November 26, 2013.
The TILLERS!!

Posted by Steven Snyder on November 26, 2013.
The Stray Birds Echo Sessions!

Posted by Amy F on November 26, 2013.
That didn't come across correctly. Sara Hickman, Shine; Raina Rose, Caldera; Ellis, Wherever You Are; Cary Cooper, Zuzu's Petals

Posted by on November 26, 2013.
Divided and United, Various Artists. My first choice album though is of course Long Gone Out West Blues by Pharis and Jason Romero...from my home province BC!

Posted by Judy Tidball on November 26, 2013.
Sara Hickman, Shine Raina Rose, Caldera Ellis, Wherever You Are Cary Cooper, Zuzu's Petals

Posted by Jim Baker on November 26, 2013.
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion: Wassaic Way

Posted by Louise Hoffman Broach on November 26, 2013.
Jeff Black - B-Sides & Confessions, Vol. II (2013)

Posted by Amanda on November 26, 2013.
All good thanks for all you do Peace Jim

Posted by Jim Williams on November 26, 2013.
So many choices, so little votes! Was surprised Meg Hutchinson wasn't on the list. But you can't go wrong with Aoife.

Posted by Larry Rose on November 26, 2013.
The Wood Brothers - The Muse

Posted by Pete on November 26, 2013.
Spuyten Duyvil -Temptation

Posted by Suzette Ciancio on November 26, 2013.
Leyla McCalla - Vari-Colored Songs. And I second the nomination for The Stray Birds - Echo Sessions. Thanks.

Posted by Dave Delay on November 26, 2013.
I vote for The Tuttles with A.J. Lee - Endless Ocean Thank you!!

Posted by Paula Carrigan on November 26, 2013.
THE TILLERS!! They are new classics. They'll be at Folk Alliance 2014.

Posted by Jason Galaz on November 26, 2013.
Echo Sessions: The Stray Birds

Posted by Eric Muench on November 26, 2013.
David Francey! He's the man!

Posted by Doug Law on November 26, 2013.
Write Ins: Willie Sugarcapps/Willie Sugarcapps Wild Ponies/Things That Used To Shine Tim Easton/Not Cool Peter Cooper/Opening Day

Posted by Kelly Gilbert on November 26, 2013.
David Francey has given us another collection of beautiful songs.

Posted by Kathy Schultz on November 26, 2013.
2013 releases missing: Cary Cooper - Zuzu's Petals Jaron Freeman-Fox - The Opposite of Everything

Posted by Michael Wrycraft on November 26, 2013.
It's like trying to pick a favorite child!

Posted by lynn on November 26, 2013.
What a fine year of music...

Posted by Tim Timberlake on November 26, 2013.
Various Artists- Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War put out by ATO Records

Posted by Arlene Smoler on November 26, 2013.
Jason Isbell's album has spoken to me all year. An outstanding recording.

Posted by Tom Nedreberg on November 26, 2013.
The CD of Maya and the Ruins is great the first time and it grows on you.

Posted by BobL on November 26, 2013.
Iron & Wine "Ghost on Ghost"

Posted by Ellen on November 26, 2013.
Ha Ha Tonka - Lessons

Posted by on November 26, 2013.
Raina Rose - "Caldera" gets my other three votes!

Posted by Phil Collins on November 26, 2013.
Although it was technically released in 2012 (December I think), Tristan Omand's Wandering Time has been receiving regular play over my speakers this year.

Posted by Scott on November 26, 2013.
Jason Isbell, Jason Isbell, Jason Isbell. Cannot stop listening to Southeastern!!!

Posted by Kevin Reidy on November 26, 2013.
The Sweater Set - "Oh Visitor" - The Sweater Set

Posted by on November 26, 2013.
Just so much good music - really hard to choose. But with the aid of a cup of tea I managed in the end.

Posted by Jay Mitchell on November 26, 2013.
Sorry I filled in my picks name and not my name… the Kat Goldman/ Red Moon Road comments were from me. Sorry again.

Posted by angela page on November 26, 2013.
2013 submission - Please consider Kat Goldman - Gypsy Girl. Im a DJ in the catskills of NY and have not been this excited about someone new for a while! She has great great writing, memorable melodies, but she had less energy on the promo business. Im currently reviewing her for sing out. Also REd Moon Road should be in there - definitely, from Manitoba.

Posted by Kat Goldman - Gypsy Girl etc on November 26, 2013.
Watch for Robby Hecht out of Nashville. He's coming on! Great talent. Thanks!!

Posted by Joshua Williams on November 26, 2013.
Lindi Ortega, Tin Star, should be on this list!

Posted by Linda O on November 26, 2013.
An electic mix! I look forward to see what's been selected.

Posted by Patricia E from San Diego on November 26, 2013.
The Avett Brothers

Posted by michelle ennis on November 26, 2013.
I am MOST impressed by Over The Rhine, Aoife O'Donovan and Sarah Jarosz.

Posted by Richard Fohrenbach on November 26, 2013.
Avett Brothers -- Magpie and Dandelion

Posted by RD Yeager on November 26, 2013.
Over the Rhine's newest is the best. It gets better with every listen.

Posted by D.Frederick on November 26, 2013.
Missing Colorado

Posted by Leigh Moorhouse on November 26, 2013.
Such a wide eclectic mix of all that's good about the folk and country idiom. I struggled to sort out ten. I could never have picked one artist out of such a superb list

Posted by Ken Scally on November 26, 2013.
Jason Isbell...the best of the year!

Posted by B. Stokes on November 26, 2013.
1. Qristina and Quinn Bachand. Amazing sibling duet! 2. Sierra Hull. She is top of her game on mandolin with crystal, hypnotic vocals. Thanks! These guy are my write-ins.

Posted by Roger E. Taylor on November 25, 2013.
This group has an enthusiastic following here in Connecticut. Have been hearing the buzz for a while. When I had the chance to see them recently at The Sounding Board, I understood why. Their upbeat sound and energy is infectious!

Posted by Kathleen on October 30, 2013.
Saw Poor Old Sky at the Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. They were awesome, bought the CD during intermission. There is no limit to their future success. If you can catch them by all means do so, you won't be disappointed.

Posted by elliot dworkin on October 29, 2013.
I've seen these guys live at the Green River Festival in MA - love them! I'm so excited to see their new CD coming out!

Posted by Janet on October 29, 2013.
I did not know Jim Carrey (a.k.a. Johnny Irion)played folk music!

Posted by Craig on September 12, 2013.
How do you play So say we All on android tablet? I click it, & it says undefined!! I already downloaded the app for Android,& it still doesn't let me!!

Posted by Amy Rippy on May 04, 2013.
Another new collection of songs to tap into from a great poet/ singer song writer. When I'm not sure what I'm wanting to listen too, I go to David Francey ... he never fails to put my feet solidly back on the ground.

Posted by Rob in Connemara on May 04, 2013.
Love it . I want a copy for air play on a show I do in Carrboro/Chapell Hill , North Carolina. at WCOM.. Hope it does well for him...I listen to you all the time in my car and at home..If you need a DJ to fill in some space please let me know. I have 17 years with WFSS< NPR. When they got rid of all Bluegrass and Folk music for more JAZZ, I move to WCOM and love it there.. Trying to keep the music alive..

Posted by Sara Barden on May 03, 2013.
I like this album but my two favorties are "Rain" and "Pandora's Box". As a Folk songwriter, Pandora's Box really stands out. It's very much the style I write.

Posted by John Pollock on May 02, 2013.
We have had the utmost pleasure to hear David Francey here at the Port Fairy Folk Festival 3 times over the years. A magnificent story teller in song

Posted by Adrienne in Australia on May 02, 2013.
Very Good and thanks Folk Alley and David.

Posted by Dennis on May 01, 2013.
Thank you FolkAlley for making the gift of David's transcendent music available to us. Can't wait to buy the CD when it comes out. "All lights burning bright!"

Posted by Mary from the Great Lakes on May 01, 2013.
Thank you FolkAlley for making the gift of David's transcendent music available to us. Can't wait to buy the CD when it comes out. "All lights burning bright!"

Posted by Mary from the Great Lakes on May 01, 2013.
A new David Francey CD! Great news and thank you Folk Alley. I picture long spring twilights with great music playing....

Posted by on May 01, 2013.
I know about David Francey because of Folk Alley. Each and every album he releases brings me joy. On this album he sings about his battle with depression, which makes it a very personal album to me. I know I will listen to this album countless times and then go back to it again after I listen to all of his others. I'm lucky enough to have seen him live one time, and to have talked with him after. A wonderful man, a brilliant talent.

Posted by Tom McAdam on May 01, 2013.
The best performer in the world and it's great to hear it all here first. Thanks, Folk Alley - you've just made my day!

Posted by Keith Brindle on May 01, 2013.
There's not a single album by David Francey that I don't absolutely LOVE. This one included! Thank you Folk Alley for sharing it with us! This is a must-add to my collection.

Posted by Sue on April 30, 2013.
Cool

Posted by Chuck on April 16, 2013.
Love this album!

Posted by Linda on April 16, 2013.
Where's the player? I'm logged into my account and I've clicked the Click HERE to Listen three times and refreshed the page, but the music doesn't appear to be where it should.

Posted by Morgan on February 12, 2013.
If they were playing in my kitchen there'd be a hole in the floor from non-stop toe-tappin'! They are the real deal.

Posted by John on the sunshine coast on February 10, 2013.
keeps reminding me of interesting music from earlier e.g. david bromberg. everytime i think i might be losing interest (and this happens on first listenings) a fantastic guitar break sucks me back in. That just suits me!

Posted by pj on February 09, 2013.
Great music & beautiful cover. Thanks...

Posted by Gerald on February 09, 2013.
why the comaprison at all to welch and rawlings. they're just a couple of hollywood show biz types if you ask me. phony as a three dollar bill. oops, did i say something wrong?

Posted by don strandberg on February 08, 2013.
Excellent - stripped to the bone, and the bones are strong!

Posted by Charles Nolan - Philadelphia on February 08, 2013.
Memories of Ian & Sylvia came flood in. Great, just simply great picking too.

Posted by Stitch on February 08, 2013.
Wonderful music. Loved the sound of Pharis's voice ever since the first "Outlaw Social" album. This collection of true folk music plumbs so many levels and really answers the questions of why this kind of music was written to begin with.

Posted by Jay Gottlieb on February 08, 2013.
Love this, it's beautiful.

Posted by darel on February 06, 2013.
Beautiful - thanks!

Posted by Jeff on February 05, 2013.
Really like this band and the new CD BUT cannot find any place online to order it. I usually pre-order from Amazon but can't find it there which is strange. Thanks for any help and a BIG THANKS to Folk Alley for having this to listen to for a week.

Posted by on February 03, 2013.
This is a great compilation of songs! Couldn't just hear it once, played it several times over the past 3 days. Just waiting for it to be released. "Am I Born to Die" and "No Forgotten Man"are very haunting, love them, as well as "Michael Conway". Actually, I could go on about them all.

Posted by John T. on February 02, 2013.
Part Deux- now that the link works- well worth the patience. Creative exploration of music, story telling. Groundwork for an interactive approach to folk music. A definite purchase!

Posted by David Lull on February 01, 2013.
love it. lyrics, melody and a great flow . . .

Posted by pj/maui on February 01, 2013.
Absolutely in love with this album! I'm about to go and see if I can purchase it!

Posted by Mike Sodos on January 31, 2013.
Just love it ! Thank you janne/sweden

Posted by on January 31, 2013.
Love the lads! Will be seeing soon in Northampton. Mick McAuley is still a legend! Thanks for sharing this album. been waiting for it for months. Come to CT lads. Have an Irish bar owned by a Callan lad to play in....Eddy Higgins works there too!!! Come on now! BRILLIANT ALBUM

Posted by Padraig Barry on January 31, 2013.
Would like to have heard the Solas' new release however the link seems Broken- it responds "undefined". I will try back later.

Posted by David Lull on January 31, 2013.
Great sound,hope you come to Ct.

Posted by irontooth on January 31, 2013.
Great sound,hope you come to Ct.

Posted by irontooth on January 31, 2013.
Very nice. Proof folk music is alive today and better than ever. Thanks Folk Alley.

Posted by Hank Stachura on January 31, 2013.
Solas performed this stage show at Celtic Connections Festival In Glasgow, Scotland this month; they were joined by Natalie Hass, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay in a truly memorable experience.

Posted by john donohoe on January 31, 2013.
I have been up all night. Can't sleep. Listening to this new album has helped the night to pass. It's lovely music especially for me in a melancholic mood. Nothing helps me more than a bit of a sad or nostalgic song to raise me spirits. Sign of a true Irish/Scottish man or women, methinks. When in Ireland we sang old Irish songs in the local corner pubs, stomped our feet, and raised a toast to all. It always made me happy. It is a way lost to us in Americay, I think.

Posted by MsLettie on January 31, 2013.
Thanks Folk Alley -- without you, I'd never get this wonderful music here in Bulgaria, either!

Posted by Plamen Panayotov on January 31, 2013.
Rich story, soothing music -- what a joy! Thanks Folk Alley -- without you, I'd never get this wonderful music here in Kenya!

Posted by Chip Kingsbury on January 31, 2013.
Music for me is a background when I am at work, but I found myself focusing on the words and the music of this album. Each song seemed to gently draw me into a rich personal experience offered through melody and story. Very, very nice. I will buy it when it is released. Thank you, Folk Alley, for making the album available. Your support of Solas added greatly to the peace of my afternoon.

Posted by Maggie on January 30, 2013.
I keep trying to click on Solas, "Shamrock City" but nothing happens. I am listening to the regular Music Stream with Barb Heller but when I click on "Solas", nothing changes. Maybe it is because I am listening on my IPad? Tom Harper

Posted by Tom Harper on January 30, 2013.
Sure stirs the Scotch/Irish blood and a tear to the eyes of this 77 year old!!!

Posted by OscarD on January 30, 2013.
I have every album and have listened intently to them all. This one seems to have a lot of heart. Maybe I'm just projecting because I know the motivation for Seamus, but honestly it sounds like they've put more intention in the melodies and arrangements. Exciting and beautiful! Still!

Posted by Michael on January 30, 2013.
Loved these guys when I lived in Dublin (Greystones to be exact.) Their show at the Greystones Theatre was one of my favorites. Can't wait to listen.

Posted by Durand on January 30, 2013.
We saw Solas in Chicago this past autumn and they previewed a couple of these tunes and told us a few of the stories behind the songs. It is good that the music is coming out soon. Folk Alley and Solas: A tip of the cap for the preview! Classic!

Posted by Steve on January 30, 2013.
Very exciting to hear this great new album from one of my favorite bands. Well done. Thanks folkalley :-)

Posted by Kathleen on January 30, 2013.
Thanks for posting this ... it's amazing!

Posted by Carsten on January 29, 2013.
Thanx so much for posting. amazing accomplishment that raises their work to a new level.

Posted by Tom on January 29, 2013.
Can't wait to see the band in Philadelphia on Feb. 9th. Loving the album.

Posted by John Foster on January 29, 2013.
Wonderful! I've been excited about this project since the beginning! Congratulations on an outstanding job!

Posted by Eve on January 29, 2013.
Love it!

Posted by Jeff on January 28, 2013.
I would say MilkDrive's new album WAVES. It's definitely at the top of my list, these guys are awesome!

Posted by Sarah on December 12, 2012.
Mariel Vandersteel's album "Hickory" is as wonderful as she is!

Posted by Bryan on December 12, 2012.
Mariel Vandersteele's "Hickory" is a great album!

Posted by Doug Oines on December 11, 2012.
Listen to Mariel Vandersteele's "Hickory". It is a great blend of Irish music, the fiddle style of Norway (she plays the Hardanger fiddle) and tunes from Appalachia. She creates a soulful and exciting palate of roots music, which is so very rich in texture.

Posted by shay on December 11, 2012.
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, it's my fave of the ones I've heard.

Posted by Guy Johnson on December 11, 2012.
Give Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, The James Low Western Front, and Peter Mulvey careful listens and tell me that any of these don't deserve inclusion in the top ten. It seems hard to have great small-scale lesser known acts competing with the Bonnie Raitt's of the world. I'd support some sort of "major artist" "up and comer" distinction.

Posted by Marc on December 11, 2012.
Great list, some real gems in there. Glad to see Phoebe Hunt made the list, her recent CD is awesome, probably why it got there.

Posted by Phil on December 11, 2012.
steve forbert!

Posted by on December 11, 2012.
Another wonderful album not on the list is Emy Phelps' "Look Up Look Down." Her songwriting is wonderful, and she's got an amazing list of supporting musicians, including Darol Anger, Mike Block, and Brittany Haas.

Posted by Amy on December 11, 2012.
The Stringdusters 'Silver Sky' is on the list, but it's last because we just added it last week...and our form won't let us sort it with the rest of the 'The' bands)....and yes, Goat Rodeo was last year.

Posted by Linda on December 11, 2012.
Missing The Infamous Stingdusters - Silver Sky and The Goat Rodeo Sessions (maybe those were 2011...?)

Posted by JJ Cale on December 11, 2012.
Hi GeeRose, John Fullbright 'From the Ground Up' is on the list. He's one of our faves here at Folk Alley too!

Posted by Linda on December 03, 2012.
2 more of my favs not on the list yet--From the Ground Up, by John Fullbright & Where the Darkness Goes, by Awna Teixeira

Posted by GeeRose on December 03, 2012.
Hard to vote here; too many great artists! Saw the Stray Birds in person this wk; they are stupendous!

Posted by bob cole on December 03, 2012.
Hard to vote here; too many great artists! Saw the Stray Birds in person this wk; they are stupendous!

Posted by bob cole on December 03, 2012.
Very handy list too, for picking Holiday gifts!

Posted by Monohair on December 02, 2012.
So many good ones. Hard to narrow it down to just 10!

Posted by Jeff on December 01, 2012.
A great list!

Posted by Chuck on November 30, 2012.
Thank you for introducing me to John Fullbright and so many other great artists this year. Folk Alley rocks!

Posted by Jeff on November 30, 2012.
Listener surveys like this make me feel like I am being asked to choose my favorite child. Each of the entries on this list deserves to be declared a winner. Folk Alley consistently brings an amazing assortment of high quality music into listeners' lives, and we are all so much the richer for it. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Judith Sherman on November 30, 2012.
Sirens by Sons of Bill.mYes, I know it's more electric and more rocking than their earlier albims, but I don't care. They're that good!

Posted by on November 30, 2012.
Jessica Lea Mayfield? Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Jayke Orvis and Rachel Brooke?

Posted by Randolf French on November 30, 2012.


Posted by Linda Oliver on November 30, 2012.


Posted by Linda Oliver on November 30, 2012.
Paul Kelly "Spring and Fall" Kate Rusby "20" Grant-Lee Phillips "Walking in The Green Corn" Angus Stone "Broken Brights"

Posted by mark edgar on November 29, 2012.
Seems like recent works by Elvis Costello should be on your list .... like some songs from his albums "Secret, Profane and Sugarcane" and "National Ransom".

Posted by Doug Jacobs on November 28, 2012.
'Matchsticks'

Posted by The Wooden Birds on November 28, 2012.
'Uncharted' lastest album

Posted by Ida Jo on November 28, 2012.
Pitchman, latest CD released Oct. 2012. Harmonies on the order of Gillian and David.

Posted by Count This Penny on November 28, 2012.
How about adding to your list the following: Fairport Convention's By Popular Request and Babbacombe Lee Live Again; Frigg - Polka V; Maddy Prior - 3 For Joy (with Gile Lewin & Hannah James);

Posted by Chris Lanzit on November 27, 2012.
Borderland cd by Stray Birds also

Posted by on November 27, 2012.
Angel Snow - Angel Snow CD

Posted by Gary Colavecchio on November 27, 2012.
Angel Snow - Angel Snow CD

Posted by Gary Colavecchio on November 27, 2012.
The Avett Brothers -- The Carpenter Alabama Shakes -- Boys & Girls

Posted by Tom Pachuta on November 27, 2012.
The Avett Brothers -- The Carpenter Alabama Shakes -- Boys & Girls

Posted by Tom Pachuta on November 27, 2012.
"Dar Williams: In the Time of Gods" should be in here, no?

Posted by Bill Revill on November 27, 2012.
Joe Crookson Abel, Baker, Charlie and Dog

Posted by Gary Koutnik on November 27, 2012.
I can't believe Elephant Revival or Eilen Jewel are not on the list!

Posted by david mervis on November 27, 2012.
Slaid Cleaves' Live at the Horseshoe Lounge

Posted by karly on November 27, 2012.
Include - The Civil Wars. Sinead O'Connor Lisa Hannigan

Posted by ger O'Donovan on November 27, 2012.
Ben Bedford... "What We Lost" (Just released October 2012... already at #2 in some of the Folk polls!!

Posted by Vera Mount on November 27, 2012.
add Ellis Paul, The Hero in You

Posted by Barry Eggert on November 27, 2012.


Posted by on November 27, 2012.
Add: Turnpike Troubadors Gourds Alabama Shakes Blackie and the Rodio Kings Kings and Queens Blackberry Smoke Shovels and Rope Tribute to Guy Clark Slaid Cleaves Sorrow and Smoke

Posted by James Martin on November 27, 2012.
why don't you have Robin Greenstein in your list? She's terrific! She's a performer from NYC - have seen her a few times and love her music.

Posted by Wendy Becker on November 27, 2012.
Please add The Hills of Ithaca by the Burns Sisters. Thanx!

Posted by louise hoffman broach on November 27, 2012.
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes - Bones For Tinder

Posted by Elizabeth Blake on November 26, 2012.
Anything by Sandy Cash. I think she has a new one or two out since you last listed her.

Posted by Joanna Katzen on November 26, 2012.
Especially 'Little Blue Egg' - Dave & Tracy

Posted by Rex De Long on November 26, 2012.
Delta Rae Avett Brothers

Posted by gary miller on November 26, 2012.
Did my comments get entered? Anne Hills: The Things I Notice Now Kim & Reggie Harris: Resurrection Day Buddy Mondlock: The Memory Wall

Posted by David Child on November 26, 2012.
Hard Hearted Strange,Haste Make by Mandolin Orange

Posted by Marilyn Rabens on November 26, 2012.
100 Miles of Wreckage by the Black Lillies

Posted by Marilyn Rabens on November 26, 2012.
Mary Chapin Carpenter had one of the most mature and heartfelt releases I have heard in ages. To come back from a tough period in her life, both personally and professionally, and to do it at the level she did speaks volumes about the artist. I would like to have a beer or a cup of coffee with Kathleen Edwards, I don't think that's too much to ask.

Posted by jaimoe on November 26, 2012.
Also on my list: Ben Bedford -- What We Lost Dave Gunning -- No More Pennies -- Wee House Records

Posted by Steve Clarke on November 26, 2012.
One from this side of the pond Diversions Vol 3 Songs From The Shipyards - The Unthanks

Posted by Reggie Williams on November 26, 2012.
This Land. Woody Guthrie By John McCutcheon

Posted by kitty kirtsey on November 26, 2012.
This Land. Woody Guthrie By John McCutcheon

Posted by kitty kirtsey on November 26, 2012.
I do mis: Awna Teixeira: Where The Darkness Goes Sam Lee: Ground Of Its Own Julie Murphy: A Quiet House The Woodbine & Ivy Band: idem Lau: Race The Loser Deep End Of The Road: An Táin

Posted by henk hoogenstraaten on November 26, 2012.
I do mis: Awna Teixeira: Where The Darkness Goes Sam Lee: Ground Of Its Own Julie Murphy: A Quiet House The Woodbine & Ivy Band: idem Lau: Race The Loser Deep End Of The Road: An Táin

Posted by henk hoogenstraaten on November 26, 2012.
Natalia Zukerman: Gypsies and Clowns

Posted by Maggie on November 26, 2012.
This Land. Woody Guthrie. by John Mccutcheon

Posted by on November 26, 2012.
Keep doing that voodoo that you do so well! But go easy on the Tom Waits. His bug song really creeps me out!

Posted by Julie Reiswig on November 26, 2012.
All great music thanks Peace Jim

Posted by on November 26, 2012.
I would like to add John Lilly, "Cold Comfort" and Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston, "My Forsaken Love" as my favorite songs of 2012

Posted by Don Morrison on November 26, 2012.
Where is Roy Schneider's "Walls That Talk?"

Posted by Kim Wise on November 26, 2012.
Iris Dement's amazing album is not only the best Folk album of 2012; it is, in my humble opinion, the best ALBUM altogether. In fact, dare I say that it is the best album I've heard in years (and I listen to a lot of music). Thank you, Iris, for sharing your joy, your pain, your love, your heartache- all of your life experiences with us. You and Ferron are the two most underrated songwriters that exist today!

Posted by lisa on November 26, 2012.
Iris Dement's amazing album is not only the best Folk album of 2012; it is, in my humble opinion, the best ALBUM altogether. In fact, dare I say that it is the best album I've heard in years (and I listen to a lot of music). Thank you, Iris, for sharing your joy, your pain, your love, your heartache- all of your life experiences with us. You and Ferron are the two most underrated songwriters that exist today!

Posted by lisa on November 26, 2012.
The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter. Don't understand why this isn't on the list.

Posted by Mike Glodo on November 26, 2012.
I am missing the famous guitarist Gordon Giltrap and his song "A Dodo's Dream" from his album "4 Parts Guitar". (If you think, you haven't played it yet - well, 2012 is not yet over, give it a chance! Thanks a lot.)

Posted by Paul Lenz on November 26, 2012.
I wanted to vote for Family by Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr

Posted by Deb Leigh on November 26, 2012.
I would like the ability to shamelessly self promote my album ;-). Is there a way to get Awful Purdies added to your list. It was added to your library this year and you've even played it- thank you! Katie

Posted by Katie Roche on November 26, 2012.
Carolyn Wonderland is OUTSTANDING and should have been included here. Both Peace Meal and Miss Understood should be contenders.

Posted by SheMuses on November 24, 2012.
Twas a great year in acoustic music. Grant Peeples' 4th release, Prior Convictions, is as good as it gets. It's not just another release; this powerful statement shows that not only has Grant arrived, he's here for good. Glad to see so many sub-genres listed. There are worthy candidates in all of them!

Posted by Ken Connors on November 24, 2012.
I've never heard her before...how lovely. Such a nice clear voice. Lyrics touch your heart. Thanks for new exposure to some really nice music and heart-connecting lyrics.

Posted by Ms L on November 12, 2012.
Nobody sings life better than Carrie. I have seen her many times and she never fails to please and I always leave inspired. This is a great collection of her awesome gift and contribution to a world of hope

Posted by Ron Miller on November 11, 2012.
Wow really nice music. Makes me want to pick up my guitar!!

Posted by Rick Shiner on November 10, 2012.
It hardly gets better than this. Carrie is gifted and blessed. She helps me see the world in a different way, and gives me hope. Thank you, Carrie!!!

Posted by Bill Mims on November 10, 2012.
Carrie is a local heroine of mine. Her clear, lovely, poetry and gentle tunes are the perfect evocation of the real Midwest spirit. Which is a fancy way of saying I've been a fan for a while and this collection has gathered some of my most loved songs. Thanks for this album. I not only enjoyed it, I intend to share that enjoyment.

Posted by Dawn Frick on November 10, 2012.
A nice collection of one of my favorite artists.

Posted by Lary Jones on November 09, 2012.
Nice introduction to an artist I didn't know. I found the music very pretty.

Posted by Cathy Atkinson on November 09, 2012.
Wow - never heard Carrie before! Love the truth expressed in "Bare to the Bone."

Posted by Tom on November 08, 2012.
The whole album is wonderful. I especially liked "A Whole Lot of Hope". Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jen on November 08, 2012.
Lynda and I met Jeff and his family in New Bedford last year. He and his family are so personable and genuine. I enjoyed chatting with him about his music and other artists. He was just so gracious. I ended up buying all of his CDs (there are no bad ones). He did several sets and we did not miss one. I don't think he repeated a single song (huge repetoire).

Posted by Ray on November 08, 2012.
Very nice - thank you Folk Alley!

Posted by Janet on November 07, 2012.
Lovely!

Posted by Linda on November 06, 2012.
This is just a lovely album. I especially liked Lamplighting Time.

Posted by Lyle Bogart on October 24, 2012.
For me, European, best album from North America this year.

Posted by Hans on October 24, 2012.
Solid soulful sound

Posted by MichelePRedman on October 20, 2012.
What a great sound! What a voice!

Posted by Debi on October 17, 2012.
LOVE it!!

Posted by Linda on October 17, 2012.
This is one of my favorite CDs of the year!

Posted by Linda on October 17, 2012.
This is one of my favorite CDs of the year so far! Love it!

Posted by Linda on September 17, 2012.
I was going to skip this album preview as I have always ended up purchasing the disc (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Good thing I broke down and listened, this is great! Another purchase to add to my collection. Thanks Folk Alley

Posted by Kevin on September 13, 2012.
I caught a lot of the Fayetteville Roots Festival live via your stream, but being able to come back to your page to catch what I missed is priceless. Proud to be a Folk Alley member. Now when are you going to cover and stream the great Philadelphia Folk Festival? You have 348 days to plan for its 52nd fest in 2013. (Yes, we folk music people are passionate about our music --- and loyal!)

Posted by on September 02, 2012.
Listening from Bogota, Colombia!

Posted by David on August 25, 2012.
Thanks for the broadcast! Grew up and went to school in the Fayetteville area. Wish I was there this weekend. Listening in NYC for the moment, but it is Saturday night. Hope you'll be putting up some of the sets on the web site.

Posted by Lynn on August 25, 2012.
Listening to the Fayetteville Roots Festival live!...here in Wyoming!

Posted by Gregg Griffin on August 25, 2012.
Listening from Wyoming!

Posted by Gregg Griffin on August 25, 2012.
Thanks for broadcasting these. Listening from Maryland.

Posted by Dave Kindquist on August 25, 2012.
nice sound. Like your vocals & instrumentation. Old & new at the same time. Good work

Posted by Robert on August 24, 2012.
thanx heaps, love Camilla! Love Caroline! ;)*

Posted by moondingo on August 24, 2012.
When I first heard her song, "The Dozens," I fell in love with Caroline Herring! Her voice and her presentation add up to magic as well as some deep sense of what is going on internally. There is a deep honesty about her songs and even her interpretation of the songs of others. Here, she shines brighter than that "White Dress"! Keep shining on me . . . .

Posted by Anyse on August 22, 2012.


Posted by Brian on August 22, 2012.
A brilliant album - Caroline's best, and that's saying a lot. I'm anxious to read the lyrics and see if they read like poetry as much as they sound like poetry. Caroline Herring and Kate Campbell as true chroniclers of the South, every much as William Faulkner and Harper Lee.

Posted by Tracey Arpen on August 21, 2012.
I've been a fan of Caroline Herring since I heard her CD "Wellspring" and "Camilla" is another winner! Beautifully written songs. Thanks for sharing Folk Alley!

Posted by Janet on August 21, 2012.
No Jackson Browne highlights? And no video of anybody?

Posted by Michael on August 01, 2012.
Update for Eliot et al. Some of the audio from Newport 2012 IS downloadable at the NPR site. (At least I spelled downloadable correctly this time.) Call me thrilled, since I missed the simulcast this year. Now the question is whether (or why not) Folk Alley will cover the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the longest-running, continuous folk festival in North America. (Newport took a break.) Since 1962, this year is the 51st festival and the 50th anniversary of the first (even if Gene Shay won't get that right from the main stage.)

Posted by on August 01, 2012.
OH! A ps - Just learned from another post you'll be appearing at Saranac Lake in October. Now I know I'll just have to be there!

Posted by Andrew on July 25, 2012.
Very tasteful. Definitely folk, but with a strong hint of bluegrass. Really nice vocals, esp. from your female lead.

Posted by Andrew on July 25, 2012.
Msg to Dave Pegg: Cropredy 2013??

Posted by Kev on July 23, 2012.
I just posted a FB update with a link to this great album preview. I clicked on the Folk Alley ref and enjoyed the heck out of it while reading >100 e-mails. Gotta have it! Thanks, Folk Alley!!! (and just now realized I could have done it thru your FB link ... oh, well...)

Posted by "Dr. Bob" on July 21, 2012.
Thank you Folk Alley for a sneak preview of this wonderful new CD. The Stray Birds are awesome! Looking forward to the arrival of the CD and to their next concert in my area.

Posted by Gail Watts on July 21, 2012.
Nothing like competence, A minimalistic approach with great voice, harmony and musicianship. I think they call that good music. Well done!!!!!

Posted by David McElroy on July 21, 2012.
nice! very nice! very very nice! i like 'em a lot; big fan of The Be Good Tanyas so it follows i'm gonna like Stray Birds just nicely! ;)* thanx for the stream!

Posted by moondingo on July 20, 2012.
Thanks FolkAlley, another great preview, and another CD added to my collection

Posted by Kevin on July 20, 2012.
Can I just say...thank you...what a pleasent surprise to hear good vibes from the souls of angels.. :)...

Posted by Michael Woodknott on July 20, 2012.
I'm just sorry that "Birds of the Borderline" isn't on this cd. I can't imagine why they left it out. It's such a beautiful song.

Posted by Diane on July 19, 2012.
What a wonderful debut album!

Posted by Carl on July 19, 2012.
These guys are fantastic! Amazing cd.

Posted by Amy on July 19, 2012.
Great music! Looking forward to seeing The Stray Birds in Saranac Lake this October!

Posted by Jeff on July 19, 2012.
hey folks, We had our local Woody Guthrie celebration on Saturday. About 60 people showed, and it went on for almost 2 hours. Seeing as we're in a all-but-forgotten corner of Israel, 60 is a decent crowd. It was an excellent day! It's amazing how relevant his songs still are - anywhere in the wirld.

Posted by mark linton on July 16, 2012.
Looking forward to the Woody Fest show at the City Winery in New York City tomorrow night--Friday.

Posted by John Foster on July 12, 2012.
love 'em! thanx so much! ;)*

Posted by moondingo on July 10, 2012.
This is dynamite. Any chance you could post a playlist of this stream? I'm just getting into folk and I'd love to be able to find the songs on this again.

Posted by HokeH on July 10, 2012.
This is just fantastic! Reminds one just how far-reaching Woody's influence is, still. Thanks for making this available!

Posted by Lyle Bogart on July 07, 2012.
Nevermind. The album comes out today, so the free preview is no longer available.

Posted by Craig on June 26, 2012.
Near the Top of the page is the link to the Album. It says "CLICK HERE to LISTEN".

Posted by Craig on June 26, 2012.
I also just see the blank space

Posted by UUCowboy on June 25, 2012.
How come when I does the page just show a blank space where the player ought to be? I'd love to listen, but it doesn't seem to be an option.

Posted by Morgan Evans on June 25, 2012.
Mindy's voice could melt Dick Cheney's heart, and who can blame her for moving toward the mainstream and making some money, but this is pretty tame and predictable. I like the edgy and uncertain songs of her past records better.

Posted by Steve on June 23, 2012.
I love this girl. She sings so well with such clear tone and emotion. Looking forward to buying the album and singing along. One of my favorites for sure!

Posted by rhansme on June 22, 2012.
Wow! Just heard you for the first time - listened to all the songs on the new album. Moving, real lyrics that carried me along. I agree with Tracy about "Everything Will Be Fine". For those of us who have lost parents to old age, this songs really hits home. Can't be done better. Thank you.

Posted by on June 22, 2012.
I, also, just learned about you through Folk Alley and became a fan as soon as your voice entered the mix, pouring forth words of life and light. It melts my heart into my soul. The guitar work speaks, with clear, harmonious, affirmation, in support of your story. Thank you for sharing your gift, with us, Mindy. You're a blessing to my ears! ~DC

Posted by Doug Clare on June 22, 2012.
I've never heard Mindy Smith and I clicked on "Everything Will Be Fine," and immediately started crying. What a powerful song. To release your mom by assuring her that her children are strong and will carry on. Just so gut-wrenchingly sad and uplifting at the same time. Thank you, Mindy. Thank you Folk Alley for turning me on to this artist. - Tracy

Posted by Tracy Newman on June 22, 2012.
I've said this before and I'm sure I'll always say it: Mindy Smith has a voice I could marry. Hearing these new tunes proves it once again. Thanks Ms. Smith for showing the world that being independent doesn't mean having less talent. If anything you're helping indie artists prove that the artist should control the content and quality. This truly is your finest work.

Posted by Jav Rivera on June 20, 2012.
Another fabulous find. Thanks!

Posted by John on June 13, 2012.
love the album...Chris Smithers is a treasure

Posted by Dale Carpenter on June 13, 2012.


Posted by Dale Carpenter on June 13, 2012.
I love it, specially the drumming!! will it be released world wide? I would love to be able to download this, never mind the CD, super, I am listening to it now for the 4th time, and will do again and again!!

Posted by Heather Nelson on June 12, 2012.
I just love Chris, so refeshing anytime!

Posted by Kendall Spears on June 12, 2012.
Another good one from Chris Smither to add to the collection -- thanks Chris, and thanks Folk Alley for letting us "hear it first"!

Posted by Jeff on June 11, 2012.
What a delight this album is! Thank you for making it available. . .

Posted by Lyle on June 03, 2012.
Upon my first listen this is a great album with a superb cast of characters singing amazing songs ; of course with Rodney one can always expect greatness , with his his "novelist's eye" & his dreamy voice & melodies . I never tire of his music & remain a big admirer of his talent & his ability to surround himself with others that complement him to make a group effort like this so enchanting . One more feather in "The Houston Kid's" cap ! - Hardie McGehee singer/songwriter - songfountainmusic.com(BMI)

Posted by on May 30, 2012.
This CD/album is EXCELLENT!

Posted by Dennis on May 30, 2012.
What a delightful journey, as each song turns a page of the heart picture album of my life. Thanks to each and every soul involved in the creation of this gift. Thanks to you all at Folk Alley for the wonderful chance to partake.

Posted by Charles on May 30, 2012.
Have tickets to see them at McCabe's in Santa Monica on June 15. Thanks for making the CD available even before the release date! ♥

Posted by Ellen on May 30, 2012.
What a gift! Well worth the cost of membership. A treasure of an album!

Posted by Mike on May 30, 2012.
Great Folk!

Posted by Rhea CSmith on May 30, 2012.
Love this! Thanks for giving us the chance to hear it Folk Alley.

Posted by Jeff on May 29, 2012.
Love your new CD! Hey, did you write the "Wadena Minnesota" song while you on the same trip as when you visited Cambridge, MN? Great CD! Roger Wm. Anderson, Cambridge, MN

Posted by Roger Anderson on May 28, 2012.
We saw them at the Newport Folk Festival. Truly wonderful, including the encore on the main stage.

Posted by Albert on May 24, 2012.
Dala never fails to amaze me. I have yet to see them in person, however I heard they did well at the Norfolk Folk Festival.

Posted by Ross on May 23, 2012.
I have seen them a number of times over the last 4 or 5 years. Their live sets are amazing and they are incredibly personable performers. Genuinely nice and incredibly talented. Can't wait to see them again.

Posted by Ray on May 23, 2012.
It is hard to get good music here in Rwanda that is nice to listen to when you need to work in very trying situations. This is a type of the old folk music that seemed to be lost so many years ago. It is hard to always listen due to internet and electricity problems but Folk Alley you always comes through. I hope DA and LA will always follow your dreams because your sound now says you are. Thanks

Posted by Bill on May 23, 2012.
Doesn't sound like Folk Music to me!

Posted by Marv on May 22, 2012.
Never heard of this group but, from the first listen, I was (and am) completely HOOKED! I've listened through the entire album and am completely enthralled. I'll be waiting by the virtual record store for this release. Thanks Folk Alley!

Posted by The Meester on May 22, 2012.
how can we get a "copy", or can hear the Dylan Turns 70 side stream? thank you

Posted by d. michael on April 28, 2012.
What a delightful collection! I'll second Martha Ann's praise for Emmylou's "I Didn't Know It Was You." I think I'll enjoy this album a long time. Thanks for providing the audio stream!

Posted by Lyle Bogart on April 27, 2012.


Posted by on April 26, 2012.
Great CD,I immediately clicked the link to the left to purchase. Thanks for providing audio stream.

Posted by Kevin on April 26, 2012.
What a variety of styles! I have to say I like the 'bluesy' stuff best!

Posted by Rhea CSmith on April 26, 2012.
Listening to Emmylou sing "I Didn't Know it Was You" brought tears to my eyes. The sweetest voice singing a song with so much power. I feel blessed, that's for sure.

Posted by Martha Ann on April 23, 2012.
Love this CD! Thanks!

Posted by Linda on April 18, 2012.
Greet videos! Did you have a chance to see The Black Lillies? They are fantastic! We love them here in our folkish little home...

Posted by Marilyn Rabens on April 08, 2012.
I was looking for the Rita Hosking set. Maybe next time?

Posted by Mark Cady on March 30, 2012.
Rod Picott is one of the great songwriters of a generation. Great pick featuring him. Great sound quality on the songs you recorded. Going to listne to Gretchen next, then Jimmy.

Posted by Steven Butler on March 05, 2012.
I have to say I am very surprised that Matraca Berg's new CD The Dreaming Fields did not get a mention????? Whilst I have several of the CD mentioned and they are all good....The Dreaming Fields surpasses most.

Posted by Bob Crain on February 11, 2012.
Nice country tunes. I'm a late Terence Martin fan. So I've got used to his sad lyrics. But there're happy lyrics here in this album. I like it very much.

Posted by nobushi.mura on February 09, 2012.
what an absolutely amazing record. I've listened to it over and over again. It's so sad to lose such a talented person.

Posted by INGRID on February 09, 2012.
I'm listening on my Droid - sounds great.

Posted by Linda on February 09, 2012.
Would love to hear it but it won't play on my iPhone.

Posted by on February 09, 2012.


Posted by Very nice! on February 09, 2012.
Why isn't the music playing?

Posted by on February 08, 2012.
Nice! Hearing songs sung by Dave that are on "Avalon" but sung by Tracy gives them a nice male perspective.

Posted by George Newth on February 08, 2012.
Absolutely outstanding.. I'm a buyer.. it needs to visit the other cd's on the shelf.

Posted by Dave Schipper on February 07, 2012.
Already ordered it from Red House. Buy it! You won't be sorry. Love being able to hear the music here.

Posted by Blissuhl on February 07, 2012.
This is CD is absolutely gorgeous...I've listened to it five times in a row already!

Posted by Linda on February 07, 2012.
HI All, Not a frequent user of this site have to admit but sometimes I wander in here. No so familiarize with Darrell Scott but he has a beautiful voice and a great song writer. Was reading his biography, and of his dad tragic passing. And I had pleasure of meeting Tim O'Brien (whom I happen to note play on Darrell's CD) in Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland where I am from, He gave a wondering 2 hours solo gig in Tommy O'Sullivan's Courthouse Pub in Dingle (small intimate bar, filled with music 7 nights a week) a few days ago. It was a special and memorable treat Another multi instrumental and talented guy..and thanks Folk Alley for the work you do.

Posted by Tony Clarke on January 28, 2012.
I saw Darrell at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion last fall and his Sunday morning performance brought a tear to my eye. This recording takes me back there. Exquisit writing and musical performances. Thank you Darrell and thank you Folk Alley.

Posted by Chef Dave on January 25, 2012.
Some absolutely sublime stuff here!!! Especially like the duet with Guy Clark, and the piece by Darryl's Dad.

Posted by Michael on January 25, 2012.
Im from wales, i love writing songs. I love Darrell's work! he is everything i aspire to . He is an incredibly talented multi instrumentalist with a beautiful emotive voice and a way with lyrics that bears comparison with so many great poets.

Posted by Chris Harding....aka Barneyharding on January 25, 2012.
Thanks! Another great year on FolkAlley and another great "Best of" stream. I listen at home, in the car, and out and about. With my Android app, Folk Alley is always available. I am not a plant or shill, just a proud Folk Alley member!

Posted by Scott C. Thompson on January 15, 2012.
Thanks! Another great year on FolkAlley and another great "Best of" stream. I listen at home, in the car, and out and about. With my Android app, Folk Alley is always available. I am not a plant or shill, just a proud Folk Alley member!

Posted by Scott C. Thompson on January 14, 2012.
This stream is pure bliss.

Posted by Diane on January 07, 2012.
Great Stream. Been listening for days off and on. Still hearing new material!!

Posted by Bill on January 06, 2012.
Resolution by Dougie MacLean, really good album. Also Anna Elias and the Forlorn Hope, The Valleys in the Flatlands (import from UK): Amazing and very cool album! Not so much a vote as a recommendation to check her and Karine Polwart (This Earthly Spell) out.

Posted by Bob Lindeman on December 31, 2011.
So very happy to see Black Lillies and Ollabelle CDs on the list. They are sublime!!!

Posted by Marilyn Rabens on December 31, 2011.
Would have picked Stray Birds if they were on the list.

Posted by John Foster on December 30, 2011.
Oh I got it alright;should be: "FOLK RISING"

Posted by Chimosabe on December 30, 2011.
I GOT IT! I GOT IT! " FOLK RISES"

Posted by Chimosabe on December 29, 2011.
needs more time: otherwise it could be a corny folk up

Posted by Chimosabe on December 29, 2011.
Nice stream!

Posted by Fin on December 22, 2011.
A top release omitted from this list is Florida's Grant Peeples. His 2011 release is called "Okra and Eccliastes", recorded with Gurf Morlix. Grant's 3rd album exhibits strong songwriting skills and a delivery that demands that you pay attention.

Posted by Ken Connors - Progressive Roots - Jax, FL on December 21, 2011.
What about Laura Marling? A Creature I Don't Know

Posted by Crystal on December 21, 2011.
Do my eyes deceive me?!?!? Only ONE vote for Tom Russel's amazing Mesabi? And only 2 for The Civil Wars?!?!? C'mon people!!! Buy some Q-Tips and clean out your ears, then give those two another listen!!!!

Posted by joe mock on December 21, 2011.
I would definitely add "Goat Rodeo Sessions" to my list.

Posted by Sloan Hamilton on December 20, 2011.
How about Red Molly "Light in the Sky"

Posted by Richard White on December 20, 2011.
A few more not on the list above: Bobby Long - A Winter Tale Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know

Posted by Tanya on December 19, 2011.
So why did FAB need updating? Folf Alley is AB FAB!!

Posted by John on December 18, 2011.
For me the great surprise in 2011 was definitly Sarah Jaroz! Saw her live at Toender-Folkfestival / Denmark. Thank you Sarah, an amazing evening! But my everlasting love will be The Wailin' Jennys!!!

Posted by Peter M. on December 18, 2011.
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion - Bright Examples Folk Uke - Reincarnation

Posted by Don B on December 18, 2011.
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion - Bright Examples Folk Uke - Reincarnation

Posted by Don B on December 18, 2011.
Liner Notes was my first choice, but the cleverness of "folkus" won me over.

Posted by Lisa on December 18, 2011.
missing from your list of options: Becca Stevens Band, Weightless Greg Brown, Freak Flag Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile; The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Posted by Joe Cleveland on December 17, 2011.
I'd prefer Folkus without the In.

Posted by on December 16, 2011.
Whatever name is chosen, I think everybody will like it within a month. Any who don't may write a folk song about how sad they are.

Posted by Kevan on December 16, 2011.
Folkalicious - 24/7.... or, at a minimum: folkadelic...

Posted by on December 16, 2011.
I vote for 'In Folkus'

Posted by Michael Rapati on December 14, 2011.
"In Folkus" Short and to the point, focusing on the blog content and discussing the topics up-close-and-personal. I like it!

Posted by JoLynn Braswell on December 10, 2011.
Really?....How about none of the above.....I am sure someone might like this one: "Folks Like Us" :)

Posted by Joyce Shorek on December 09, 2011.
InterFolk, FolkPaths, Folksustained7, FolkPaths2012, Momma-told-you-not-to-Folk, Raggin' Time Folk, Folk Rag, InterFolk Rag, Blog is an awful word, anyway. Who may we blame for it? lol

Posted by on December 08, 2011.
Just plain folk, everything's coming up FOLK, all systems folk, kate and alley and folk (if the blogger is named Kate), folk to the future, speaking of folk, can't get enough of that wonderful folk, the folk-ey little puppies, one folk over the line, words and music, folk classic, hands across the wireless, folk up this morning (or mourning, for your halloween entry), close but not touching, alleyway moments, the long way home, 99 luft-ba-FOLK, police academy 7

Posted by on December 08, 2011.
I don't like any of the choices.

Posted by on December 08, 2011.
Clogging and blogging.

Posted by on December 08, 2011.
Gabbing

Posted by on December 07, 2011.
My submission is FLOG-Blog Folkalley Listeners Online Gabing

Posted by Craig Peoples on December 07, 2011.
Why did "Alley's Grapevine" not make it to the finals?? What's wrong with Marvin Gaye? His music is related to "Folk" after all, isn't it? Anyway - "All Ears" is second best ;))

Posted by Michael on December 06, 2011.
Overtones rocks!

Posted by on December 05, 2011.
In Fockus, Vote In Fokus. Liner Notes, really? It's so pedestrian.

Posted by Christian Flanagan on December 05, 2011.
I'm a very fortunate man. I was gifted this little luxury of music and the want of observation - Now to turn around and see a number of folks waving and following, within some good proximity, and in fairly close agreement with what I see, is without cliche' and in all sincerity, amazing. Thank you. I will see you all down the road. A very special thank you to everyone at Folk Alley for sharing this music and my songs with everyone on the planet. I am looking forward to drifting through your neighborhood again very soon. With all my heart, I am truly grateful. xoxoxo Jeff

Posted by Jeff Black on November 23, 2011.
another collection of great stories and real emotion, put together with a great supporting cast of musicians. it's the type of record that, were it pressed on vinyl, you'd wear the grooves right off it...

Posted by kurt on November 22, 2011.
I appreciate Jeff Black’s ability to tell real life stories with a rich believable voice.

Posted by Jeannie on November 18, 2011.
What a smooth sound. Great songs and very competent back up. A believable voice thats easy to listen to.

Posted by Sam on November 18, 2011.
I first heard of Jeff through his friend Sam Bush. Sam has covered several of Jeff's songs over the years. After listening through twice, my fave so far is "Cure".

Posted by Sloan on November 18, 2011.
Been following Jeff's music for quite a few years now, he just keeps getting better. You wouldn't regret buying this record.

Posted by Kerry on November 16, 2011.
His best record yet. How could he not miss with a supporting cast of Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Kim Richey, Matraca Berg and Gretchen Peters? Oh, and the songs are pretty good, too. Well done, Jeff! Now get your butt up to Kent so we can hear these songs live (please?)!

Posted by EdB on November 16, 2011.
I llike him. Sounds like Lyle Lovett on many phases, Dylan on others, and I am guessing himself, no doubt, on the rest.

Posted by JC on November 16, 2011.
I llike him. Sounds like Lyle Lovett on many phases, Dylan on others, and I am guessing himself, no doubt, on the rest.

Posted by JC on November 16, 2011.
He reminds me of Gregg Brown, whom I love.

Posted by on November 16, 2011.
He reminds me of Gregg Brown, whom I so enjoy.

Posted by Cindy MN on November 16, 2011.
He reminds me of Gregg Brown, whom I love.

Posted by on November 16, 2011.
I enjoyed this immensely! A new find for me - thanks for the introduction.

Posted by Kathie B on November 16, 2011.
Absolutely great. I've never heard Jeff. How can that be? Thank you for putting this on here like this so I could discover him.

Posted by Tracy Newman on November 15, 2011.
Simply one of the best songwriters on the planet! Sure glad the wait is over. Jeff's music is balm to the human condition.

Posted by James on November 15, 2011.
Rough 'n' tough 'n' dirty voice. Best song: "Happiness". Go on slidin'!

Posted by Bernd Hansen on November 15, 2011.
Looking forward to hearing this tonight!

Posted by Phil on October 13, 2011.
Thank you, Folk Alley, for allowing us to listen to the wonderful Indigo's new material! I've been a huge fan since their beginning, I've seen them live a few times, and loved them all through it!

Posted by Artemis on October 01, 2011.
Awesome stuff IG! Thanks for the listen!

Posted by on October 01, 2011.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new album. Buying it as soon as it hits the stores and probably downloading it too for the extra cuts. Also have tickets in hand for the concert in Greensboro. YOU ROCK!!!

Posted by GHutson on September 30, 2011.
Wow, Soooo much more than I expected! I've been waiting for 'Share the Moon' since June. So proud to call myself a fan! The best artists reinvent without compromising their original style. Thank you!

Posted by Shannonlee on September 28, 2011.
Amy and Emily, you brought me back to folk music with your first album. Now years later, you still excite me with your music and amazing voices. Wonderful album!

Posted by Keith in Dayton, Ohio on September 28, 2011.
I usually try to wait for the album before I listen, but I couldn't make it to October 4. I love this record! There is a new style of music and accompaniment, with some of the same themes that we depend on the IG for, love, loss, caring about the world in which we live. What we would do without Indigo Girls art and insight?

Posted by Lynne W. on September 28, 2011.
"i want to understand the soul you have in there. . . " That one is also brilliant, "war rugs" ok now i'm going to sleep.

Posted by Joseph Eid on September 28, 2011.
This album is amazing. I just sat in my studio with the lights out and 2 candles burning and listened to the entire album without interruption. Amy and Emily are an eternal candle of inspiration for so many. The writing and storytelling is masterful. They are lyrical and musical magicians. Can you tell I like this album. "birthday song" brought me to tears, the kind that come from the wonder of such artistic purity.

Posted by Joseph Eid on September 28, 2011.
I can't imagine my life without the Indigo Girls. This new CD will a wonderful addition to the backdrop of my travels.

Posted by on September 27, 2011.
Can't wait for it to be in my hands! Great album.

Posted by Artie Martello on September 27, 2011.


Posted by on September 27, 2011.
Terrific album! Their best!!

Posted by Rick Morehead on September 27, 2011.
Once again, Amy & Emily provides us with some nourishing ear candy. Good Thing that it is Low Fat. Thanks for the opportunity to hear BQS before it's official release. [:{)

Posted by Paul O'Brien on September 27, 2011.
Simply beautiful

Posted by on September 27, 2011.
Guys, you simply rock my world!!! Loved all the songs!!!

Posted by Marília on September 26, 2011.
Hooray!

Posted by Liana on September 26, 2011.
I don't know about others but this was a disaster for me. The stream, while still active, went silent at midafternoon on Sunday. I missed almost everything. And I can't find archives anywhere. I hope there will be some. Newport was a much smoother experience both in the live stream and the immediately available archives. Why didn't you team with NPR on this event?

Posted by Fooby on September 05, 2011.
Great job - thanks.

Posted by Missourimule on September 04, 2011.
For being what is your first attempt at a project this large you are doing a great job

Posted by George Newth on September 04, 2011.
I don't know why there are multiple posts. I only hit the button once. The link now works. Thanks for the 128k. Too bad I missed most of the day though. :(

Posted by Fooby on September 03, 2011.
I get a popup that says "error". Thanks for adding a link that makes it easier for those of us who don't want to mess with dysfunctional, CPU-jamming, browser-slowing embedded flash players. The only problem is it doesn't work: "The item you are looking for doesn’t seem to be found on this site."

Posted by on September 03, 2011.
I get a popup that says "error". Thanks for adding a link that makes it easier for those of us who don't want to mess with dysfunctional, CPU-jamming, browser-slowing embedded flash players. The only problem is it doesn't work: "The item you are looking for doesn’t seem to be found on this site."

Posted by on September 03, 2011.
Is you schedule running ahead? I missed the Holmes Bros.

Posted by FRACTAL on September 03, 2011.
My player is working great!! Thanks!

Posted by FRACTAL on September 03, 2011.
Link is working now, also see the top of the page.

Posted by Folk Alley on September 03, 2011.
I get a popup that says "error". Thanks for adding a link that makes it easier for those of us who don't want to mess with dysfunctional, CPU-jamming, browser-slowing embedded flash players. The only problem is it doesn't work: "The item you are looking for doesn’t seem to be found on this site."

Posted by on September 03, 2011.
Sound link is working super here -- thanks so much for streaming the Folk Festival - we had talked about going, but had decided not to. Nice to have found your station -

Posted by Missourimule on September 03, 2011.
Sweetmuseek, what problem are you having?

Posted by Folk Alley on September 03, 2011.
Hey your player is unusable. It gives an error on Firefox and it plays at maximum volume on IE. There's not even a volume control. And the regular stream is not the festival. Why not? An external player is the best way to listen.

Posted by Fooby on September 03, 2011.
your website is not working.

Posted by sweetmuseek on September 03, 2011.
Hey Scott, we had talked about Philly this year, but we will need some time to regroup after Newport.

Posted by Joe L. on August 01, 2011.
Incidentally, how about covering the 50th Philadelphia Folk Festival, hosted by your own Gene Shay? It is Aug 19 to 21 and is an amazing festival. I'll be there.

Posted by Scott C. Thompson on August 01, 2011.
Thank you, Folk Alley, for the great coverage of Newport 2011. It definitely softened the pain of not being there. You and NPR did a fantastic job. I am proud to be a Folk Alley member.

Posted by Scott C. Thompson on August 01, 2011.
Sounds Great! Thanks for such a wonderful listening experience on a Sunday afternoon.

Posted by Karen ON Canada on July 31, 2011.
That Gibson bus is huuuge, I wouldn't want to be behind the wheel of that.

Posted by Fin on July 30, 2011.
We wish we were there! The photos are fantastic and the music is even better! Nice Folk Alley Motor Coach...and what about that Gibson Bus? Who DROVE that thing?

Posted by Pam and Rachel on July 30, 2011.
Thanks for streaming this...would absolutely love to be there but cant. Joel Mabus is a national treasure

Posted by on July 09, 2011.
Hi, I am listening to your festival live stream from Basel, Switzerland and I like it a lot! Thanks for broadcasting the music! Be blessed, Andi

Posted by Andi Schweizer on July 09, 2011.
Listening from San Miguel de Allende, MX. Since we don't get much non-Mexican folk music here, this is heaven!! Thank you

Posted by on July 09, 2011.
Lots of exciting performers here this year...

Posted by Joe on July 06, 2011.

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