Music

  • 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
    • Kelly McCartney

    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.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190815

    • August 19, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, Folk Alley host Cindy Howes steps in for Elena See. Discover new music from Joe Pug, The Highwomen, and The Shootouts; hear a special duet with John Prine & Margo Price and an advance single from Bruce Cockburn's upcoming instrumentals album. All this, plus favorites from Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin, Billy Bragg & Wilco, and much more.

  • Album Review: Eilen Jewell, 'Gypsy'

    • August 19, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    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.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190808

    • August 10, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive in-studio session with Canadian roots duo, The Small Glories, performing songs from their new album, Assiniboine & the Red; we look back on some highlights from this year's Newport Folk Festival with new music from The Highwomen and Bonny Light Horseman, plus Our Native Daughters, Amy Ray and JS Ondara; and more new music from Joe Pug, The Steel Wheels, and Jamestown Revival.

  • Album Review: Spirit Family Reunion, 'Ride Free'

    • August 09, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    String bands, very often, are far more concerned with their picking and plucking than they are with their writing and singing. That's a mood in and of itself, it seems. But there are a few old-time groups that fit all the pieces together. With their new release, Ride Free, Spirit Family Reunion shows themselves to be one of those groups.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190801

    • August 05, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, another encore broadcast of a show first heard last summer featuring music by Rodney Crowell, We Banjo 3, The Travelin' McCourys, and Old Crow Medicine Show; we remember Jimmy LaFave with a set from his 2018, posthumously released album, 'Peace Town'; plus favorites from Hurray for the Riff Raff, Spirit Family Reunion, and more.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190725

    • July 29, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, while we take a little summer break, it's an encore broadcast of a show first heard last summer featuring music from Eliza Gilkyson, Lori McKenna, The Jayhawks, Neko Case, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Ray LaMontagne, Dori Freeman, Sera Cahoone, The Dead Tongues, Erin Rae, and We Banjo 3; plus we dig into the Folk Alley Sessions archives with an in-studio performance by Sarah Lee Guthrie recorded at the 30A Songwriters Festival. All this and much, much more.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190718

    • July 22, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive Session with Ireland-born, Austin-based singer/songwriter Pat Byrne, recorded at the 30A Songwriters Festival; hear the latest from Shawn Colvin as she re-releases an acoustic version of her Grammy Award winning album 'Steady On'; new music from Old Salt Union, Che Apalache, Pieta Brown, Spirit Family Reunion, and The Steel Wheels ; plus favorites by Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Russ Barenberg, Mandolin Orange; and much more.

  • Album Review: Rod Picott, 'Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil'

    • July 19, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Rod Picott puts his gruff voice and warm acoustic to work on the 12-song cycle of stories that explore what it means to be alive in varying circumstances — dealing with self-doubt and toxic masculinity, stepping hesitantly into manhood, having a friend commit suicide, regretting a life wasted away, wrestling with demons of days past, and more. No detail is left behind in his tellings of these tales.