Music

  • Album Review: JP Harris, 'Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing'

    • November 12, 2018
    • Kelly McCartney

    Few songwriters in Nashville have had as many lived experiences as JP Harris. He's been a runaway, a train-hopper, a hitch-hiker, a farm worker, a carpenter, and more. Heck, the guy spent 12 years living in a remote Vermont cabin with no plumbing or electricity. JP Harris is a dadgum country song come to life. On his new Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing album, he brings many of those experiences to bear.

  • Album Review: The Watson Twins, 'Duo'

    • November 12, 2018
    • Kelly McCartney

    On their latest release, Duo, the Watson Twins are as harmonically synced as two separate bodies can be. For the first time in their career, they wrote the songs together, which led to the inclusion of unison vocal parts rather than their standard harmonies. The result, of course, is awfully cool. The way Chandra and Leigh bob and weave their voices together, effortlessly anticipating where the other will go, is really something to behold.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #181108

    • November 12, 2018
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive Session recording from the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriter Lilly Winwood; new music from Rachel Baiman, The Lone Bellow, Rosanne Cash, The Jellyman's Daughter, and Kaia Kater; plus favorites from Blind Faith, Darlingside, Mipso, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and more.

  • Video Premiere: Mandolin Orange, "Golden Embers"

    • November 08, 2018
    • Folk Alley staff

    Watch the in-studio performance of "Golden Embers" by the North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange, from their forthcoming album Tides of a Teardrop, due out February 1 on Yep Roc Records.

  • Video Premiere: The Earls of Leicester, "I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open"

    • November 07, 2018
    • Kim Ruehl

    The Earls of Leicester deliver a song to which Flatt & Scruggs had to attach a warning label. These days, it fits in just fine with all the modern music about lying and cheating lovers, but back in the day it was simply too much to suggest that it was a woman doing the “steppin’”.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #181101

    • November 03, 2018
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we celebrate Joni Mitchell's 75th Birthday with a set from her early work; new music from Kaia Kater, Rachel Baiman, The Lone Bellow, Rosanne Cash, The Brother Brothers, and Bob Dylan's 'More Blood, More Tracks'; an advance track from Anna Tivel's upcoming album, 'The Question' due out in early 2019; a set from our friends at Beehive Productions featuring recordings from the 2018 Vinegrass Music Festival with Barnstar!, Damn Tall Buildings, Honeysuckle; plus favorites from Trampled By Turtles, The Dead Tongues, and more.

  • In Review: Guest DJ Hour with Kaia Kater

    • October 31, 2018
    • Linda Fahey

    Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian claw hammer banjoist and songwriter Kaia Kater joined Cindy Howes as Guest DJ on Folk Alley to celebrate the release of her third album, Grenades, out now on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Kater speaks about her new album’s themes which involved digging into her family’s history. Her father, originally from the island of Grenada, arrived in Canada as a teen refuge. The album also marks the first where Kater wrote all the tracks on the record.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #181025

    • October 31, 2018
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, it's our Halloween special with bone-chilling tunes and spooky favorites from Bob Weir, Paul Simon, Lenore, and Riders in the Sky; we'll hear a set of creepy tunes from Rayna Gellert's, 'Old Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds' and one from Leonard Cohen's final work, 'You Want It Darker'; all this plus a set from Rosanne and Johnny Cash; and favorites from Syd Barrett, Shirley Collins, The Jellyman's Daughter, and more.

  • Album Review: Jason Isbell, 'Live from the Ryman'

    • October 31, 2018
    • Kelly McCartney

    Recorded during his 2017 Ryman run, the set culls songs from Isbell's last three records: Southeastern, Something More Than Free, and The Nashville Sound. If someone needed a Jason Isbell primer, this collection would be a pretty great entry point, as it works through rockers and weepers, alike, to offer up the full breadth of his songwriting talent.

  • Hear It First: Rachel Baiman, 'Thanksgiving' (EP)

    • October 30, 2018
    • Kim Ruehl

    Nashville singer-songwriter Rachel Baiman has been steadily building a loyal following among folks predisposed to bluegrass and old-time music. Her debut album, Shame, established her as a songwriter unafraid of looking at reality through her music, rather than sugarcoating anything. And its follow-up, an EP titled Thanksgiving (due Nov. 2 on Free Dirt Records), sees her going even further in that truth-teller direction.