Music

  • Album Review: Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, 'there is no Other'

    • May 22, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Where humans travel, so go their customs and cultures, including music. Nothing is pure. Not this far into an ever-evolving world. And, because no thing is just one thing, all things share some things. That is the idea, on both the personal and musical fronts, at the heart of there is no Other, the new album by Rhiannon Giddens in partnership with Francesco Turrisi.

  • Album Review: Joy Williams, 'Front Porch'

    • May 20, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    On Front Porch, Joy Williams deploys her crystalline voice and well-crafted songs wrapped in simple, timeless production to get all her points across. And she succeeds — greatly — proving that less isn't always more, but it is very often quite enough.

  • Album Review: Molly Tuttle, 'When You're Ready'

    • May 19, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Having previously been named the Americana Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year, the Folk Alliance International Song of the Year, and, twice, the International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year, Molly Tuttle already has a shelf full of trophies, despite having only released 2017's Rise EP. Now that her debut album, When You're Ready, is out, she's more than probably going to need extra shelves.

  • Album Review: Caroline Spence, 'Mint Condition'

    • May 19, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Turning ordinary moments into extraordinary poetry has always been singer/songwriter Caroline Spence's bread and butter, a trend she continues on her latest effort, Mint Condition. Produced by Dan Knobler and released by Rounder Records, the captivating collection picks up the pace set by Spence's previous albums by injecting a touch more pluck... but don't worry, frens, it's just a touch.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190509

    • May 13, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, a set to honor Moms on Mother's Day, an exclusive in-studio session featuring Portland singer-songwriter, Anna Tivel; new music from Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Josh Ritter, Rising Appalachia (feat. Ani DiFranco), Jade Bird, Dervish; favorites from William Prince, Red Tail Ring, and more.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190502

    • May 06, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we celebrate Pete Seeger's 100th birthday with tracks from Nanci Griffith, The Mammals, and the man himself; an exclusive Folk Alley Session with Caroline Spence performing songs from her new album, 'Mint Condition'; new music from The Small Glories, Driftwood, Ellis Paul, and Bruce Springsteen; plus favorites from Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Donna the Buffalo, and more.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190425

    • April 29, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, it's an encore presentation of a show first heard in the spring of 2018 with music by Dom Flemons, Western Centuries, Moira Smiley, Cicada Rhythm, Courtney Marie Andrews, and The Milk Carton Kids; an exclusive in-studio recording featuring Cahalen Morrison & Eli West; plus favorites from Caitlin Canty, Trigger Hippy, Cara Dillon, The Suitcase Junket, and much more.

  • Album Review: John Paul White, 'The Hurting Kind'

    • April 20, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    On his new album, The Hurting Kind, John Paul White harkens back to Nashville's days of yore, when guys like Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins ruled the Row by making beautiful, heartfelt records that were both organically earthy and lushly sublime, all at once.

  • Album Review, Jade Bird, 'Jade Bird'

    • April 20, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Like most everything else in life, folk singers come in cycles, riding whichever traditions and trends suit the moment. Do you need a new Paul Simon? Check out Robby Hecht. Would you want a contemporary Carole King? Listen to Sara Bareilles. Might you love a modern-day Ani DiFranco? Pick up Jade Bird.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190418

    • April 20, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive in-studio session with guitarist extraordinaire and songwriter, Molly Tuttle; new music from Luther Dickinson & Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, and Steve Earle & The Dukes; favorites from Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Donna the Buffalo, Ry Cooder, The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Kim Richey, John Prine, and much more.