Music

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190530

    • June 02, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive Session from the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival featuring Courtney Marie Andrews; we'll hear the latest from Ellis Paul's new recording, 'The Storyteller's Suitcase'; and more new music from Rodrigo y Gabriela, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, Ordinary Elephant, Greg Felden, and Olav Mjelva & Eli West ; plus favorites from Amos Lee, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Sam Bush, David Francey, and more.

  • Video Premiere: Greg Felden, "Every Time"

    • May 31, 2019
    • Kim Ruehl

    Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Greg Felden doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff. His solo debut, Made of Strings (self-released, due June 14) is a sincere and heartbreaking collection of songs about life and its often-enormous questions, its unexpected twists and turns. So there’s a bit of irony in the fact that the video for the album’s lead single, “Every Time,” is full of puppets, aliens, and ridiculous scenarios.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190523

    • May 26, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we'll celebrate some special May birthdays: Bob Dylan & Rosanne Cash; we highlight the recently announced Americana Music Award nominees with music from Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Our Native Daughters, and J.S. Ondara; new music from Dervish (feat. Rhiannon Giddens), Molly Tuttle, Driftwood, Ellis Paul, Ordinary Elephant, and more.

  • Hear It First: Ellis Paul, 'The Storyteller's Suitcase'

    • May 24, 2019
    • Kim Ruehl

    Ellis Paul has always been a ruminative, deep-thinking songwriter/storyteller, and The Storyteller’s Suitcase is another example of his adept approach to his craft. Once again, we’re treated to his particular brand of narrative lyricism and expressive vocals, his catchy melodies and delightful, easy harmonies.

  • 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.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190516

    • May 20, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, it's all about new music with tracks from the great Mavis Staples, Buddy & Julie Miller, Joy Williams, the Tallest Man on Earth, Ellis Paul, Josh Ritter, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi and Rodrigo y Gabriela; plus favorites from Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Lula Wiles, Greg Brown, The Brother Brothers, and more.

  • 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.