Music

  • Hear It First: John Smith, 'Hummingbird'

    • March 21, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    John Smith is the latest entry into the English folk milieu and a more than welcome one. On his new release, Hummingbird, traditional tunes and contemporary themes effortlessly entangle themselves to create a wonderful and worthy addition to the English folk canon.

  • Hear It First: Mother Banjo, 'Eyes on the Sky'

    • March 18, 2019
    • Folk Alley staff

    Having employed the stage of the historic Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN as her studio and recording the songs, live in a circle, with her band, Mother Banjo's Eyes on the Sky is her most intimate and most personal album to date - documenting six years of dramatic changes in the world and her personal life, including marriage, love, loss, and pregnancy.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190314

    • March 17, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive Folk Alley Session from the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival with Nashville singer-songwriter, Mary Bragg; new music from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Cactus Blossoms, Della Mae, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Molly Tuttle, Infamous Stringdusters, John Smith, and Hayes Carll; a classic from the Carter Family; plus favorites from Jason Isbell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richard Thompson, and more.

  • Album Review: Hayes Carll, 'What It Is'

    • March 15, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    With What It Is, Hayes Carll continues to prove that he's one of the most gifted wordsmiths in the game. Read Kelly McCartney's review.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190307

    • March 08, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we get ready for St. Patrick's Day with music from Danny Burns, We Banjo 3, and Cara Dillon; we feature our exclusive session from the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival with Steve Poltz; and exclusive recording by Molsky's Mountain Drifters from Beehive Productions, plus new music by Patty Griffin, The Honey Dewdrops, Mary Bragg, Mavis Staples, Cactus Blossoms, and much more.

  • Folk Alley Joins the FreshGrass Foundation

    • March 07, 2019
    • Folk Alley staff

    Today, the FreshGrass Foundation announces the addition of Folk Alley to its community of roots music organizations. The Foundation, which began in 2017 aims to preserve, support, and create innovative grassroots music, and actualizes this mission by producing the annual FreshGrass Festival, publishing No Depression, and offering a range of financial commissions and awards. By welcoming Folk Alley into this family of independent roots music entities, the FreshGrass Foundation will continue to fulfill its mission through yet another means — digital folk music discovery, streaming, and distribution.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190228

    • March 04, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, new music by Danny Schmidt, Yola, the Nell & Jim Band, Patty Griffin, Todd Snider, and Steve Poltz; an exclusive Folk Alley Session from the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival featuring "Southern Gothic songster" Amythyst Kiah; we'll hear the latest from Della Mae's new EP, 'The Butcher Shoppe'; plus favorites from Courtney Hartman, Molly Tuttle, The Holmes Brothers, and much more.

  • Album Review: Various, 'The Social Power of Music'

    • February 27, 2019
    • Henry Carrigan

    Since 1948, Folkways has been collecting, preserving, and disseminating the songs that illustrate the social power of music. In this this new 4-CD set, The Social Power of Music, accompanied by a lavishly illustrated 124-page book, Smithsonian senior archivist Jeff Place, director and curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Huib Schippers, and program manager at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Meredith Holmgren draw from the over 60,000 tracks in the label’s archives to produce a stunning and moving anthology that illustrates the transformative power of music across cultures and across social and cultural issues.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190221

    • February 24, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we celebrate awards season with 2019 Grammy-winners: Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, The Travelin' McCourys, and the Punch Brothers; and we showcase the 2019 Folk Alliance International Award-winners including Zoe Mulford (via Joan Baez,) Mary Gauthier, I'm With Her, Joni Mitchell, and Buffy Sainte-Marie; new music from J.S. Ondara and Lula Wiles; plus favorites from Jorma Kaukonen, Amos Lee, and more.