Music

  • Album Review: Joan Shelley, 'Like the River Loves the Sea'

    • September 12, 2019
    • Kim Ruehl

    It’s refreshing to hear music so beautifully composed and thought-through, where the production follows the lead of the song. Given all this, there’s no telling why Joan Shelley isn’t more of a household name so far. Perhaps Like the River Loves the Sea will change that.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190905

    • September 09, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, a set from We Banjo 3's new live album 'Roots To Rise,' recorded at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan; new music from Them Coulee Boys, David Grier, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Sunny War, Joan Shelley, and Hiss Golden Messenger; plus favorites from Trampled By Turtles, Frazey Ford, The Be Good Tanyas, Lori McKenna, and more.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190829

    • September 03, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, in hour one we say goodbye to summer with music from Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Alison Brown, and Dar Williams; new music from Shawn Colvin, Ana Egge, Jon Stickley Trio, Austin Plain, and Session Americana; classics from Tom Rush and Nick Drake; plus favorites from Iris DeMent, Langhorne Slim, and more.

  • Hear It First: Ana Egge, 'Is It the Kiss'

    • August 30, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    With her new release, Is It the Kiss, Ana Egge adds some great, honest songs to the collective consciousness — songs that show us her heart in order that we might see our own reflected in it. There is sorrow here, and suffering. But so, too, exists hope and calm amidst the hurt and chaos. Egge makes sure of that, time and again, letting us hear every nuance of her voice. The cracks, the slides, the strains, the breaths — it's all right there on display.

  • Album Review: Sunny War, 'Shell of a Girl'

    • August 27, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    Sunny War's Shell of a Girl is, at once, dark and hopeful – a perfect combination of vibes for the year in which it was released. And though she tackles some topics, like the tendency to medicate children (“Drugs Are Bad”), the album is more of a rumination on adulthood and how to navigate it when one realizes everyone’s just faking it until they make it.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190822

    • August 24, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we dig into our Sessions archives to revisit an exclusive in-studio performance with North Carolina quintet, Mipso recorded last year in our studios in Saranac Lake, NY; new music from Eilen Jewell, Charlie Parr, Old Salt Union, and Robby Hecht; plus favorites from The War and Treaty, Pharis & Jason Romero, and more.

  • Video Premiere: Shawn Colvin, "Steady On" from 'Steady On (30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition)'

    • August 21, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    Even amidst so many albums that we love, there are a few in each person's life that save us, soothe us, heal us, and hold us again and again for decades. Their timelessness is found mainly in the songwriting with a story-telling so deep and true that not even years can diminish the potency.

    Shawn Colvin is set to release 'Steady On (30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition) on September 13th. Watch as she performs an acoustic version of the title track from her seminal, debut album from 1989.

  • Album Review: Eilen Jewell, 'Gypsy'

    • August 19, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    Folk music is just that... music for, by, and of folks. It tells the stories of a people in both real time and hindsight, so that we might remember the lessons, losses, and legacies of our individual and collective histories. Blues music fills the same role. So it's no wonder that bluesy folk artist Eilen Jewell would bravely set this particular moment in time to music on her new release, Gypsy.