Premieres

  • Hear It First: John Smith, 'Hummingbird'

    • 2019-03-21
    • Kelly McCartney

    John Smith is the latest entry into the English folk milieu and a more than welcome one. On his new release, Hummingbird, traditional tunes and contemporary themes effortlessly entangle themselves to create a wonderful and worthy addition to the English folk canon.

  • Hear It First: Mother Banjo, 'Eyes on the Sky'

    • 2019-03-18
    • Folk Alley staff

    Having employed the stage of the historic Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN as her studio and recording the songs, live in a circle, with her band, Mother Banjo's Eyes on the Sky is her most intimate and most personal album to date - documenting six years of dramatic changes in the world and her personal life, including marriage, love, loss, and pregnancy.

  • Featured Track: Danny Schmidt, "Just Wait Til They See You"

    • 2019-02-21
    • Kim Ruehl

    Danny Schmidt has always been a gifted songwriter when it comes to marveling over life’s greatest wonders, from friendship and love to the natural world, all of which can be heard across the ten albums he’s released over the past two decades. But he says fatherhood has challenged him to open his heart even further. Listen to "Just Wait Til They See You" from his upcoming album, Standard Deviation, and read an excerpt of his recent conversation with Kim Ruehl.

  • Video Premiere: The War and Treaty, "If It's in Your Heart"

    • 2019-02-14
    • Kelly McCartney

    Time and again, it has been proven that we regret the things we don't do or say far more often than the things we do. But doing and saying the things in our hearts demands the courage to be vulnerable. Yes, in doing so, we risk the chance of being misunderstood or rejected, if things don't go our way. If they do, though, we take a step toward embracing a love, realizing a dream, or saving a life. And all of those things are absolutely worth the risk.

  • Song Premiere: Lovers Leap, "Walnut Tree"

    • 2019-01-24
    • Linda Fahey

    Listen to the premiere of "Walnut Tree" - the first single from the upcoming self-titled, debut EP by Lovers Leap (Shelby Means, Mary Lucey, Joel Timmons, Billy Cardine) due out April 19.

  • Hear It First: Pierce Pettis, 'Father's Son'

    • 2019-01-11
    • Kim Ruehl

    Pierce Pettis has made a long career out of music that simmers just below the surface, releasing albums that are beloved by fellow songwriters for their sheer craftsmanship. His latest, Father’s Son (due Jan. 18 on Compass Records) is no exception.

  • Song Premiere: Maya de Vitry, "Go Tell a Bird"

    • 2019-01-03
    • Kim Ruehl

    Maya de Vitry's “Go Tell a Bird” does everything a folk song is supposed to do—and does it exceptionally well. It is both simple and complex, digestible and impossible, distilling some of the most seemingly complicated, urgent and timeless human debates down to 35 words in fewer than four minutes. Its instrumentation is collaborative and swelling, like the cooperation between a pair of wings and a good hard gust.

  • Song Premiere: Peter Mulvey, "The Fox"

    • 2018-12-14
    • Cindy Howes

    Hear "The Fox," the first single from Peter Mulvey's upcoming album, There Is Another World, due out on February 15th on Righteous Babe Records.