Music

  • Album Review: Roo Panes, 'Quiet Man' (Deluxe Edition)

    • June 19, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Quiet Man is one of those records that can be enjoyed on its vibe, alone, such is the warmth and comfort in which it swaddles those who listen. But a closer listen, in order to hear the thoughtful touches layered into the work, is well worth the effort.

  • Album Review: Ani DiFranco, 'No Walls Mixtape'

    • June 19, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    In tandem with her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, DiFranco has revisited 16 songs from across her 30-year discography on No Walls Mixtape. It's fascinating to hear these compositions rendered with hard-earned, middle-aged calm rather than the fearless, youthful rage of decades past. (Good grief. Ani DiFranco is middle-aged!)

  • Album Review: Mavis Staples, "We Get By'

    • June 19, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    On her new album, We Get By, Mavis continues the work she's been doing for nearly 70 years — the work of reminding us who we are or, perhaps, who we can and should be if we stand on the right side of history and live with love for our neighbors. Much like with Livin' on a High Note, these songs were clearly written explicitly for Mavis and she, of course, is more than up to the task of delivering them with equal parts punch and poise. There's just no one else like Mavis.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190613

    • June 16, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive Folk Alley Session with fiddle/banjo duo, Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves; new music from Alice Howe, Buddy & Julie Miller, Dervish featuring Steve Earle, Keb' Mo' and Robby Hecht; we remember Dr. John who passed away on June 6; plus favorites from Lucinda Williams, Louise Mosrie, Sera Cahoone, and more.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190606

    • June 09, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we remember two legends of the folk world who recently passed: Leon Redbone and Tony "Little Sun" Glover (of Koerner, Ray, and Glover); new music from Sheryl Crow (feat. Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples), The Resonant Rogues, Willie Nelson, The Small Glories, and Leyla McCalla; a set of exclusive recordings from our archives by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band and Mike + Ruthy; plus favorites from Tox Paxton, David Grisman & Jerry Garcia, Lucinda Williams, Joni Mitchell, and more.

  • 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.