Sessions

  • Susan Werner

    • August 23, 2011
    Susan Werner is not an artist who is content to let moss grow on her musical career. After releasing a series of well-received CDs as a folk singer/songwriter, Susan made a turn for the dramatic with 2004's I Can’t Be New, a collection of self-penned torch songs reminiscent of standards from the American songbook. Now, she has returned with The Gospel Truth, an album of songs for the church of life that celebrate praise music while questioning the very nature of faith.
  • Fairport Convention

    • August 23, 2011
    The legendary Fairport Convention is celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a new album called Sense of Occasion. The band single-handedly created the English Folk/Rock genre in 1969 with the seminal Liege & Lief album—recently named one of the most important folk recordings of all time by the BBC. The band celebrates this 40-year milestone at their Cropredy Festival, August 9-11. Recently, the band stopped by the Folk Alley studios. Listen to Fairport Convention’s exclusive Folk Alley session recording.
  • Blame Sally

    • August 16, 2011
    Blame Sally developed a following performing in and around San Francisco while its members - Monica Pasqual, Renee Harcourt, Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones - spent their days as 9-to-5ers. After several major life events, the band made a decision to go all in and take the show on the road. Now, everyone has a chance to enjoy the powerful sound of Blame Sally. Listen to the interview with Jim Blum.
  • Lynn Miles

    • June 10, 2011
    Juno Award winner Lynn Miles may be one of the most prolific singer/songwriters working today. Her intricate lyrics and three-octave range combine to create music that finds a place in listeners hearts and heads. Lynn recently stopped by the Folk Alley studios for a personal conversation with Matt Watroba about what it really takes to be a successful songwriter.
  • Natalia Zukerman

    • May 01, 2011
    Even though she comes from a family of musicians, Natalia Zukerman's career as a singer/songwriter was not a sure thing. After her graduation from Oberlin College in Ohio, Natalia started out as a graphic designer. But she kept writing songs - which is good for us! Learn more about Natalia's journey and enjoy a few of her songs as she stopped by to chat with Jim Blum.
  • David Wax Museum

    • April 07, 2011
    David Wax Museum isn't so much a band as a Mexo-Americana, roots music movement with David Wax and Suz Slezak at its core. The pair are on the road, joined by different musicians as they travel across the country. They visited the Folk Alley studios - with David's cousin Jordan on accordion - for an interview with Jim Blum and to shoot a few performance videos for your enjoyment.
  • Frank Vignola

    • February 22, 2011
    Guitarist Frank Vignola has been mastering his craft since before he was big enough for a standard-sized instrument. Known as one of the best in the business, he's played with names like Les Paul, Ringo Starr, Donald Fagen and Mark O'Connor. The native New Yorker stopped by the Folk Alley studios to tell Jim Blum the benefits of beating the pavement in search of a gig and developing a recognizable sound.
  • Mollie O'Brien

    • January 06, 2011
    Mollie O'Brien has long been a favorite on the touring folk circuit, performing solo or with her Grammy Award-winning brother, Tim. And her voice is familiar to public radio fans as part of Garrison Keillor's Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Now, she is on the road with her husband, bassist Rich Moore, and the pair stopped by the Folk Alley studios to chat with Jim Blum.
  • Sara Watkins

    • December 13, 2010
    The long-term hiatus of newgrass phenoms Nickel Creek means that fiddler/singer Sara Watkins is now on her own, striking out on her terms and developing as a solo artist. Sara visited the Folk Alley studios with her brother (and fellow Nickel Creek alum), Sean, to talk with Jim Blum about the many changes in her life and to play a few songs. Hear the interview and see the exclusive videos.
  • Sam Bush

    • November 20, 2010
    Sam Bush is a hero to multiple generations of folk fans - from those that remember his breakthrough work with the New Grass Revival to his current status as king of the summer festival circuit. His enthusiasm for the music and his continuing efforts to stretch the reach of the mandolin (plus the fact that he's a nice guy) make him one of the most popular folk artists working today. Sam and bandmate Stephen Mougin stopped by Folk Alley to talk about baseball, the Nashville flood and life on the road.