Music

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190110

    • January 13, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we gear up for the coming "super blood wolf moon" eclipse with songs from Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs, Chris Kasper, and Neil Young; we'll hear new music from Balsam Range, Rachel Sumner, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Karan Casey, Bruce Springsteen, and a set from Irish-American folksinger, Danny Burns; plus favorites from Jimmy LaFave, The War and Treaty, Langhorne Slim & The Law, and more.

  • Hear It First: Pierce Pettis, 'Father's Son'

    • January 11, 2019
    • Kim Ruehl

    Pierce Pettis has made a long career out of music that simmers just below the surface, releasing albums that are beloved by fellow songwriters for their sheer craftsmanship. His latest, Father’s Son (due Jan. 18 on Compass Records) is no exception.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190103

    • January 05, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we look back on some of the Best Trad Albums of 2018 with music by Dom Flemons, Anna & Elizabeth, Genticorum, Evie Ladin, and Belen Escobedo; and we ring in the new year with brand new songs from Pierce Pettis, J.S. Ondara, Lula Wiles, Donna the Buffalo, and The Mammals; an exclusive Folk Alley Session recording with North Carolina-based quintet, Mipso; plus some favorites from Jon Stickley Trio, Samantha Fish, Birds of Chicago, Amy Helm, and more.

  • Song Premiere: Maya de Vitry, "Go Tell a Bird"

    • January 03, 2019
    • Kim Ruehl

    Maya de Vitry's “Go Tell a Bird” does everything a folk song is supposed to do—and does it exceptionally well. It is both simple and complex, digestible and impossible, distilling some of the most seemingly complicated, urgent and timeless human debates down to 35 words in fewer than four minutes. Its instrumentation is collaborative and swelling, like the cooperation between a pair of wings and a good hard gust.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #181227

    • December 31, 2018
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we celebrate the late, great Odetta on her birthday (December 31, 1930); a preview of some 2019 releases we're particularly excited about, including new music by The Lonely Heartstring Band, Maya de Vitry, J.S. Ondara, Yola, Peter Mulvey, and Yola; plus favorites from Rhiannon Giddens, Joy Kills Sorrow, Infamous Stringdusters, Eva Cassidy, and more.

  • Best of 2018: Devon Léger's Top 10 Trad Albums of the Year

    • December 27, 2018
    • Devon Léger

    2018 was a banner year for traditional music, fueled in part by new artists coming into the Smithsonian Folkways fold (Dom Flemons, Kaia Kater, Anna & Elizabeth, Lula Wiles), but also by the rise of more next-generation artists across the board, many of whom had refreshingly different takes on their traditions.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #181220

    • December 23, 2018
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, Elena See digs in to her Best of 2018 list. Find out who made her top 10 folk, roots, and Americana albums of the year. Plus an exclusive Folk Alley in-studio session with the North Carolina indie-Americana band, Mipso; and we share the artists who topped Folk Alley's Listener Poll for Best Albums of the Year.