Music

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200326

    • March 27, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for new music from Willie Nelson, Mark Erelli, Justin Moses, Puss N Boots, Western Centuries, Gretchen Peters, and the Asheville, NC progressive bluegrass quintet, Fireside Collective; a set from banjoist Danny Barnes' new album 'Man on Fire'; plus favorites from Wilco, Lori McKenna, Joni Mitchell, Jorma Kaukonen, and more.

  • Album Review: Jill Andrews, 'Thirties'

    • March 27, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    Raise your hand if you thought your life would look different at whatever age you happen to currently be? It's an endemic condition. Maybe it's from the movies that we watch as kids. Maybe it's from the myths that we portray on social media. Whatever the cause, dang near no one is who they thought they'd be at this particular moment. That's the issue beating at the heart of 'Thirties,' the new release from singer/songwriter Jill Andrews.

  • Hear It First: Appalachian Road Show, 'Tribulation'

    • March 26, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Appalachian Road Show’s new album, 'Tribulation,' perfectly speaks to our dark and unsettling times. On the one hand, the songs embrace the trials and tribulations of uncertain days filled with despair and loss and suffering, when any glimmer of hope only dimly shines through the darkness. And, on the other hand, they celebrate the community that gathers together in the face of such tribulation to celebrate love, to dance and to sing of the possibilities of redemption, to welcome home the weary from their travails.

  • Album Review: Dave Simonett, 'Red Tail'

    • March 24, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    With Red Tail, Dave Simonett steps out from his Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter projects to put his songs center stage, while also letting them be just what they are without trying to prove anything to anyone.

  • Song Premiere: Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn, "Four Seasons"

    • March 24, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei have toured together in the US before, delivering a slightly spacy, bizarre blend of American and Chinese folk sounds. Now, as they embark on the release of their first collaborative album, titled simply Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn, they bring listeners music that demonstrates how closely tied are the deep traditions of American folk (seeded in this case, mostly, by English, Irish, and Scottish traditions) and the ancient folk songs of China.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200319

    • March 21, 2020
    • Linda Fahey


    This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for a couple tunes to celebrate the beginning of Spring; new music from Cindy Cashdollar, Rory Block, Brandy Clark, and a set from Dave Simonett's new album, 'Red Tail'; plus we'll remember beloved Texas songwriter, Eric Taylor, and much more in hour two!

  • Album Review: Brandy Clark, 'Your Life Is A Record'

    • March 17, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    With Your Life Is a Record, Brandy Clark returns to her natural habitat, letting classic production, real-life lyrics, and soulful melodies carry the load, the combination of which works beautifully for her voice and her compositions. Interestingly, while it's Jay Joyce who is back in the producer's seat, thanks to the soaring strings, punchy horns, and Randy Newman cameo, the work feels rather like a record Mitchell Froom would make, if he were to make a country record.

  • Album Review: Aoife O'Donovan, 'Bull Frogs Croon (And Other Songs)'

    • March 17, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    On Bull Frogs Croon (and Other Songs), Aoife O'Donovan collaborated with co-producer/violinist Jeremy Kittel and Louisville Symphony Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams to set the poems of Peter Sears — Oregon's 2014 poet laureate — to mesmerizingly delicate music brought to life by violinist Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, and violist Mario Gotoh. Few singers in the folk world would be as ambitious or successful as O'Donovan is in this particular pursuit, but she's never been one to walk away from a new adventure. And bringing some of the most innovative players in the milieu along for the ride certainly doesn't hurt her chances.

  • Song Premiere: Justin Moses, "Fall Like Rain"

    • March 17, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    As Moses recalls about the song, “I started gathering material for this record several years back. "Fall Like Rain" came to me from my good friend, Keith Garrett. He had thought it might suit my voice with the melody having that high note in it. After giving it a try, I was sold. Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan, Barry Bales, Bryan Sutton and Cody Kilby all brought great energy in the studio. I love the back and forth on the guitars from Bryan and Cody - I wanted to pay tribute to Eric Clapton's original version but put a new twist here and there as well.”

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200312

    • March 13, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for an exclusive Folk Alley Session with Allison Moorer, recorded at this year's 30A Songwriters Festival; new music from John Doyle, Eliza Gilkyson, The Mammals, Danny Barnes, The Mastersons, and Brandy Clark; plus songs for St. Patrick's Day from JigJam, Solas, We Banjo 3, Heidi Talbot, Altan, The Chieftains, and much more.