• 2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Darrell Scott

    • May 09, 2017
    The fact that Nashville has become the center of America's music business may be due more to its hub of songwriters than even the talented musicians who have moved there. Darrell Scott is a great performer and where he shines like the sun is as a songwriter. Folk Alley and the crew from BeeHive caught up with Darrell at the 30A Songwriters Festival to talk about songwriting and the mystery of successful collaboration (including with the late Guy Clark). Watch exclusive video performances captured in Florida in 2017.
  • Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi

    • April 27, 2017

    We all have people in our lives who inspire us, encourage us, and who push us to dream, hope and create. For musicians Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi, two of those inspirations where the great bluesmen, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Earlier in 2017, Davis and Poggi released a tribute album, 'Sonny and Brownie's Last Train' and came to Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake, NY for an exclusive in-studio performance and to talk more about two of their musical heroes.

  • Rayna Gellert & Kieran Kane

    • April 17, 2017

    Sometimes, working really is hard. That's what Rayna Gellert discovered when she self-produced her 2014 album, 'Old Light' " including creating songs with lots of guest artists and many recording sessions. For her follow-up solo effort, her 2017 release, 'Workin's Too Hard,' Rayna teamed up with Kieran Kane to pare back the creative process with an end product that is fresh and filled with an energy that the freedom of simplicity provides.

    Rayna and Kieran visited BeeHive Productions Studio in Saranac Lake, New York in March, 2017 to perform recent collaborated including one from Kieran's 2016 EP, 'Unguarded Moments', the title track to 'Workin's Too Hard, and a new song.

  • 2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Caroline Spence

    • March 17, 2017
    Another intimate performance and interview captured at the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida. Singer/songwriter Caroline Spence returned with songs from her new collection, 'Spades and Roses.' The album was assembled around the power that a simple arrangement - focused on voice and guitar - has to highlight the strength of a song.
  • 2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Nikki Lane

    • March 02, 2017
    After releasing her album 'All or Nothin'' and being nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association in 2015, Nashville based country rock outlaw Nikki Lane and her band spent most of their time on the road, playing for ever-increasing crowds, working to expand their fan base, and just generally ripping things up. No surprise, then, that she got tired. So when she went into a studio to record a new album (her third), she wasn't pleased with the results " it was technical perfection, she says, but it wasn't the record she wanted to make. When her partner " musical and life " Jonathan Tyler suggested she try again with no outside producer, she was initially hesitant. But after tracking a song or two, she knew she was well on her way to a record that is, she says, the best thing she has done so far. Released in February, Highway Queen is a mixtape of an album, one with both tearjerkers and barn burners, and at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida earlier this year, Nikki Lane and Jonathan Tyler shared stripped down versions of a few of the new tunes.
  • 2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Robert Ellis

    • February 16, 2017

    Like many artists labeled "Americana," a single title is too limiting for singer/songwriter Robert Ellis. Recorded at Florida's 30A Songwriters Festival, Ellis performed a few songs off of his third and eponymous CD - which he describes as a collection of songs about the intricacies of relationships (good ones and bad ones). Watch performance videos about life on the road and at home.

  • Session Americana

    • January 18, 2017
    Session Americana started life as actual sessions, onstage in Boston. At a certain point, the stage in Boston turned into writing original music and a trip to Kimon Kirk's home studio to discover their full potential. As Jefferson Hamer says, bands don't need formal studios to create great music anymore " a fact that has opened the door to a freer, less-formal recording style. For this Session Americana Session, Billy Beard (drums), Ry Cavanaugh (multiple instruments, vocals), Kirk (bass, vocals), Dinty Child (field organ, mandocello, mandolin, accordion, guitar) and Hamer (guitar, vocals) stopped by BeeHive Studios in Saranac Lake, New York, for some sweet collaborations and exclusive video recordings.
  • 2016 30A Songwriters Festival: Wine, Women & Song

    • January 12, 2017
    At the 2016 30A Songwriters Festival, three singer/songwriters recorded a set of unique performances for Folk Alley. Country and Americana powerhouses Gretchen Peters, Suzy Bogguss and Matraca Berg stopped by Folk Alley's 30A remote studio near Santa Rosa Beach, Florida to share songs (and a glass of wine) in this informal session. The 30A Songwriters Festival offers a rare opportunity for artists who generally play solo to team up with talented friends for special musical moments..
  • The Stray Birds

    • December 07, 2016
    The collection of songs on 'Magic Fire,' the 2016 release from The Stray Birds, owes a lot to their work with the legendary Larry Campbell. As he was producing the band's album, he helped them expand their sound by adding drums and being more collaborative (including a song written with Nashville neighbor Lindsay Lou). The string-band trio originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is now touring as a quartet as Maya de Vitry, Charlie Muench and Oliver Craven have been joined on the road by drummer Dom Billet. The group stopped by BeeHive Studios in Saranac Lake, New York, in November, 2016 to talk about change and record exclusive performance videos.
  • Parsonsfield

    • December 01, 2016

    Though they call western Massachusetts home, Parsonsfield (Antonio Alcorn, Chris Freeman, Harrison "Whale" Goodale, Erik Hischmann, Max Shakun) draws their name from the rural Maine town that's home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned-recording-studio of Josh Ritter keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer. It was there that they cut their outstanding debut, 'Poor Old Shine,' which established them as a roots force to be reckoned with. 

    In October, 2016 the band took a break from touring in support of their latest release, 'Blooming Through the Black,' to stop by BeeHive Productions studios for a video session and to offer everyone present a great excuse to get up and dance.