Music

  • Album Review: 10 String Symphony, 'Generation Frustration'

    • 2018-09-18
    • Kelly McCartney

    Recorded in Edinburgh with producer Kris Drever, Generation Frustration leans into the tension it exudes, both lyrically and musically — rather like someone who looks directly into your eyes and refuses to shift their gaze even as you shift your own under the weight of your own discomfort. Don't turn away from this one. Keep looking. Keep listening.

  • Album Review: Courtney Hartman & Taylor Ashton, 'Been On Your Side'

    • 2018-08-30
    • Kim Ruehl

    On their collaborative debut, Been on Your Side (Free Dirt Records), the duo rests easily on its dexterous instrumentalism, but at the fore are their perceptive, emotive lyrics that flow like a river with cool, smooth harmonies floating atop. The whole thing feels like walking through the woods just after dawn—you can almost hear the distant chirp of a bird, feel the brush of a weed against your ankle.

  • Album Review: Kathy Mattea, 'Pretty Bird'

    • 2018-08-30
    • Kelly McCartney

    All through Pretty Bird, Kathy Mattea reaffirms her standing alongside artists likes Judy Collins and Joan Baez who have a way of recasting and reconstructing songs in their own image by smoothing the edges and buffing the shine so that a wider audience might more easily find their way into them.

  • Album Review: River Whyless, 'Kindness, A Rebel'

    • 2018-08-30
    • Kelly McCartney

    As the album title suggests, true kindness requires intention and effort, compassion and courage. It is not a passive “live and let live” state of being. Rather, kindness is an active rebellion in times of fear, anger, and divide. And making music with that message is a wildly generous undertaking, especially when it's as globally inspired as this one is.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #180830

    • 2018-08-30
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we celebrate the workers on Labor Day with music from Rosalie Sorrels, Old Crow Medicine Show, Pete Seeger; new music from Tobias the Owl, The War and Treaty, Mountain Heart, Kathy Mattea, and The Devil Makes Three; and a set from Hot Rize's new live concert recording, '40th Anniversary Bash'; plus favorites from Patty Griffin, Jorma Kaukonen, and more.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #180823

    • 2018-08-30
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, new music with Eliza Gilkyson, David Francey, Punch Brothers, Birdtalker, Oliver The Crow, Lera Lynn, Kathy Mattea, Mountain Man, and The Indigo Girls; a set dedicated to Woody Guthrie with music from Jimmy LaFave, Lucinda Williams, Billy Bragg & Wilco; plus favorites from Harry Manx, Odetta, and more.

  • Hear It First: The Tannahill Weavers, 'Òrach (The Golden Anniversary Album)'

    • 2018-08-29
    • Folk Alley staff

    After five decades, you’d think they’d at least have the courtesy to sound a little tired on this album, but they sound like they’ve been up all night drinking coffee and playing tunes, and they plan to continue to the break of dawn. For a band celebrating their golden anniversary, they show no signs of slowing down.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #180816

    • 2018-08-18
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, it's an encore broadcast of a show first heard early this year in January with the latest from Mary Gauthier, Tracy Grammer, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wood Brothers, Darlingside, and John Gorka; exclusive Folk Alley Session recordings, by Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton; favorites by Ruthie Foster, Paul Thorn, Cory Chisel, Kane, Welch, & Kaplin, and more.

  • Video Premiere: Tobias the Owl, "Deep River City" (feat. Laura Veirs)

    • 2018-08-16
    • Kim Ruehl

    Watch the premiere of “Deep River City,” which Kim Ruehl calls, one of the most stirring tunes on Tobias the Owl's new album, A Safe Harbor For Wayward Echoes, a collection of songs that explores of the fine line between finding your way and being lost in this world.