Premieres

  • Video Premiere: Taylor Ashton, "Nicole"

    • Jan 14, 2020
    • Cindy Howes

    Taylor Ashton, founding member of the Canadian alt-folk band Fish & Bird, showcases his groove on “Nicole,” the latest single from his forthcoming solo debut, The Romantic (Signature Sounds.) On the track, Ashton, an incredibly versatile and talented musician, imagines a world where catastrophic disasters and human progress can all be rewound in the name of innocence and simplicity.

  • Song Premiere: Sarah Harmer, "St. Peter's Bay"

    • Jan 13, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    The set opens with the easy-going folk-rock of “St. Peter's Bay” and its caring, bittersweet look back on a love now lost. Here, Harmer acknowledges what worked and didn't, with gratitude for what it was, rather than anger for what it wasn't. (No regrets, Coyote, you might say.) And she does it all in quintessential Canadian fashion... replete with hockey references.

  • Video Premiere: Seamus Egan, "Everything Always Was"

    • Jan 7, 2020
    • Folk Alley staff

    "Tunes come to you in all sorts of ways. Sometimes it’s a phrase, a fragment of an idea that comes to you and you file it away to hopefully finish someday. Other times, it arrives all at once, fully formed, as if it has always existed. It was in this way the this waltz arrived to me. I sat down one afternoon and it came out of my guitar all at once. This doesn’t happen very often and certainly not nearly as often as I would like but when it does it feels like magic. I’m joined here by Kyle Sanna on guitar, David Surette on bouzouki, and Corey DiMario on double bass." - Seamus Egan

  • Song Premiere: Jon Stickley Trio, "Bluegrass in the Backwoods"

    • Dec 11, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    For “Bluegrass in the Backwoods,” Stickley and company turned a classic fiddle tune by Kenny Baker into a world of its own and letting Lyndsay Pruett soar on through it. The flavors of European Gypsy Jazz are right up front, as her fingers fly over Hunter Deacon's solid drum groove — yet another departure from your standard bluegrass fare.

  • Video Premiere: Hawktail, "Annbjørg"

    • Nov 19, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    From their forthcoming album, Formations, due out January 10, watch Hawktail's performance of the first single, "Annbjørg," a polyrhythmic romp inspired by Norwegian fiddler, Annbjørg Lien.

  • Video Premiere: Rose Cousins, "The Benefits of Being Alone"

    • Nov 6, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    JUNO Award-winning singer/songwriter Rose Cousins is a name very closely and beautifully tied to sad tunes which is part of what makes this breezy new number, "The Benefits of Being Alone" such a breath of fresh air. It's the first track off her upcoming Bravado album, scheduled for a February 21, 2020 release via Outside Music.

  • Song Premiere: David Benedict, "Bish Bash Bosh"

    • Nov 4, 2019
    • Folk Alley staff

    It's been a year since Mile Twelve mandolinist, David Benedict released his solo album, The Golden Angle. He's celebrating the anniversary by publishing a transcription book and putting out a previously unreleased track from the album, called “Bish Bash Bosh” featuring Mike Barnett, David Grier, and Missy Raines.

  • Video Premiere: Darrell Scott, "It's a Great Day to Be Alive"

    • Oct 22, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    "I found that a local Nashville corn maze (Honeysuckle Hill Farms) wanted to put my image and song, "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" into its corn maze design this fall - and since I had never made a video for the song, and since the song's message is as needed as ever, we decided to make a video with great help from family and friends. I love the result - share the love." - Darrell

  • Hear It First: Charlie Parr, 'Charlie Parr'

    • Sep 23, 2019
    • Kim Ruehl

    Charlie Parr's eponymous album - his seventeenth in as many years (counting compilations) - was originally intended to be a live album. It just didn’t work out that way. Instead, it’s a studio album comprised largely of songs Parr has recorded before, alongside some he borrowed from other writers and four new originals. Though fans have likely heard many of these tunes before, they’re delivered here with a care and fit that can only come from being worn in—the way a pair of jeans eventually takes the form of the person who wears it.

  • Hear It First: Ana Egge, 'Is It the Kiss'

    • Aug 30, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    With her new release, Is It the Kiss, Ana Egge adds some great, honest songs to the collective consciousness — songs that show us her heart in order that we might see our own reflected in it. There is sorrow here, and suffering. But so, too, exists hope and calm amidst the hurt and chaos. Egge makes sure of that, time and again, letting us hear every nuance of her voice. The cracks, the slides, the strains, the breaths — it's all right there on display.