Music

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190711

    • July 13, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we spotlight artists performing at this year's FreshGrass Music Festival - coming up on September 20-22 at Mass MoCa in North Adams, Massachusetts - with music by Greensky Bluegrass, Calexico and Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, festival Artist-in-Residence, Aoife O'Donovan, and the Gibson Brothers; plus new music from Keb' Mo', The Small Glories; favorites from Kate Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, Dave Alvin; and more.

  • Album Review: Keb' Mo', 'Oklahoma'

    • July 12, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Regardless of how he achieved his joy, Keb' Mo' injects it into everything he does, including his latest album, Oklahoma. But that's not to say he doesn't see the problems of the world. He very much does. And he's not shy about voicing his opinions on those matters. He just does so in a “spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” way, delivering his topical tunes with a wink and a smile.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190704

    • July 10, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we look back to what we were doing a year ago by revisiting our exclusive Session and interview with singer/songwriter Ana Egge, performing songs from her 2018 release, 'White Tiger'; plus new music from Keb' Mo' featuring Taj Mahal, Jamestown Revival, Ordinary Elephant, and much more.

  • Album Review: Courtney Hartman, 'Ready Reckoner'

    • July 02, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Not everyone can be alone with nothing but their thoughts to fill the space that surrounds them.... singer/songwriter/guitarist Courtney Hartman did just that for 40 days as she trekked across Spain's 500-mile Camino de Santiago trail. Along the journey, she eschewed listening to music, but embraced writing it. The result is her first solo effort, the truly spectacular Ready Reckoner.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190627

    • June 28, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we revisit "Folk Alley's 100 Most Essential Folk Songs," compiled from a survey of our listeners. Hear favorites from Joan Baez, Donovan, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and more; plus new music from Mavis Staples, Joel Rafael, and The Small Glories; exclusive Folk Alley recordings from Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer performing songs from their album 'Child Ballads'; plus favorites from Jim Kweskin, Taj Mahal, and much more.

  • Song Premiere: Kerry Hart, "I Know A Gun"

    • June 27, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    The topic at hand finds the narrator calling someone out on the carpet for living in either denial or dishonesty about how they are handling their current, seemingly destructive, situation. It's a tale as old as time, made new again by a refreshing voice who will, with any bit of luck, continue to impress to at least the degree she does here.

  • Album Review: Dylan LeBlanc, 'Renegade'

    • June 24, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    As stunning as LeBlanc's compositional work is, it would be less so, if rendered by a less stirring voice. Even at his relatively young age, LeBlanc has lived several different and difficult lives. He's been there and done that — or knows someone who has — no matter what there and that are, and the empathy gained from that living flows through every note to make Renegade one of the best records, from any genre, of 2019.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190620

    • June 22, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we celebrate the beginning of summer with songs from Mary Jean, Doc Watson, and The Mavericks; new music from Mark Erelli, Joan Shelley, Heather Maloney, Jamestown Revival, Jamestown Revival, and the Winnipeg power-duo, The Small Glories; plus favorites from Richard Thompson, Joan Baez, Bill Morrissey, and more.

  • Hear It First: The Small Glories, 'Assiniboine & the Red'

    • June 21, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    It's a wondrous moment in life when a person finds their place in the world, geographically speaking...for the Small Glories — Cara Luft and JD Edwards — that place is Canada, and that seems to be about as fine a point as they are willing to put on their new album, Assiniboine & the Red, which wanders across provinces and prairies, from coastal towns to inland cities.