Music

  • Album Review: Katie Pruitt, 'Expectations'

    • February 23, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    Singer/songwriter Katie Pruitt was born smack dab in the middle of the '90s, apparently soaking up the decade's musical ethos in utero and after, as made apparent on her debut album, Expectations. Rare are first-album lyrical voices so fully formed and fully engaging as Pruitt's. Rarer still are they embedded within the kind of hooks and arrangements that songwriters hope to someday catch an earful of. Yet, song after song, Pruitt delivers on every level — writing, performance, and production (with help from producer Michael Robinson).

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200220

    • February 21, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, join host Elena See in a celebration of the life of Joseph Shabalala, the founder of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo; a set of Folk Alley exclusive recordings by Wisconsin duo, Dead Horses; plus new music from Taylor Ashton, Sam Lee, Rose Cousins, Seamus Egan, Letitia VanSant, and Kyshona Armstrong; plus favorites from Caitlin Canty, Jeffrey Foucault, and more.

  • Album Review: Rose Cousins, 'Bravado'

    • February 21, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    Rose Cousins has, over the course of eight albums, developed a consistent track record of deeply emotional, often painfully honest, catchy songs. Though she has toyed with theme and concept, her recordings have followed a certain formula that will make them recognizable to fans as standard singer-songwriter fare: Songs the artist wrote over a specific period of time, occasionally thematically linked, hopefully depicting some kind of creative and/or personal growth since the last time they entered the studio.

  • Video Premiere: KaiL Baxley, "In Lieu Of"

    • February 20, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    Visually, the slow-rolling, lush cinematography echoes the musical soundscape it represents even as it contrasts the barren landscape it captures. “We wanted this video to encapsulate the love between two people over a lifetime,” Baxley explains. “The apocalyptic backdrop driving the point that true love only becomes more vibrant in the toughest of times. It’s a poetic visual.”

  • Album Review: John Moreland, 'LP5'

    • February 18, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    Dubbed LP5, the album is a gloriously fulsome piece of art, with textures and soundscapes we hadn't previously associated with the Tulsa artist. The opening cut, “Harder Dreams,” is punctuated by a sonic structure that wouldn't be out of place on an album from the National as it details the reaching for something higher in life, rather than simply settling for the beliefs passed down through churches, culture, and consumerism for whom the cruelty is the point.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200213

    • February 16, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for new music from William Prince, Maya de Vitry, Frank & Allie Lee, Miss Tess, Letitia VanSant, and Dead Horses; a set of songs from Michael Doucet's new album 'Lâcher Prise'; plus favorites from The Duhks, Parker Millsap, Gretchen Peters, Anna & Elizabeth, Billy Strings, and much more.

  • Song Premiere: Maya de Vitry, "Better and Better"

    • February 13, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    “This song was the doorway to this collection of songs and the doorway to a new kind of self-knowledge, self-reliance, and self-acceptance,” de Vitry explains. “Sometimes our pain exists in visible, external, physical ways, like when we fall and a bone breaks. But sometimes our brokenness is internal and invisible, and we may lack the words or ability or even awareness to communicate our condition, our needs, our pain. Sometimes there are parts of us that need to be healed but could never be put in a cast. We need to find other ways to give these parts of ourselves rest and recovery, before putting weight on them again.”

  • Hear It First: Michael Doucet avec Lâcher Prise, 'Lâcher Prise'

    • February 10, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    There’s magic in this new music from Michael Doucet, and the album lives up to its title, which means to “let go.” Doucet and the band let loose in a simmering blend of Cajun, swamp soul, and Gypsy tunes that celebrate love and the simple joys of having a good time. From the gamboling fiddles of the opening tune, “Water, Water,” to the haunting Gypsy shuffle “Bad Woman,” Doucet and the band create a sonic landscape filled with soaring vocals, scampering fiddles and accordions, and haunting lyrics.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200206

    • February 07, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, join host Elena See for a show loaded with new music - hear The Wood Brothers, John Moreland, Bonny Light Horseman, Beòlach, a set from Tré Burt new release 'Caught It from the Rye', Della Mae, Kyshona Armstrong, The Revelers, and Raina Rose; plus favorites from Sunny War, Keller & The Keels, Sera Cahoone, Birds of Chicago, The Fretless, and much more.

  • Album Review: Della Mae, 'Headlight'

    • February 06, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    With their latest release, Headlight (Rounder Records), Della Mae chooses not to provide release from the dominant culture of the past few years, but rather to dig deeply into the reality of being female in America. Whether musing about a missing lover (“I Like It When You’re Home”) or paying tribute to brave women like Christine Blasey Ford (“Headlight”), they explore womanhood with integrity and grace, warts and all.