Folk Alley Radio Show #170810

by Linda Fahey

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Each week, host Elena See collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

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This week on Folk Alley, we dig in to NPR Music's recent feature, 'Turning the Tables - The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women' and spotlight 25 of the folk, roots, and Americana artists who made the list.

In hour one, you'll hear music by The Roches, Iris Dement, and the Dixies Chicks; in addition to true classics by Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie's; also top albums from legends Joan Baez, Bobbie Gentry, and Bonnie Raitt; and more.

In hour two, we'll continue the exploration of the greatest albums by women, between 1964 to 2016, including works from Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, and Ani DiFranco; we'll hear from legends such as Odetta, Nina Simone, and The Staples Singers featuring Mavis Staples; two albums that topped the charts in 1971 from Carole King and Janis Joplin; and more.

Find out who topped the list at #1, and join the conversation on the Folk Alley Facebook page. Did your favorites make the list? Who are the glaring omissions? Tell us what you think!


(Artist - Title - Album - Label)

Hour One:

The Roches - Mr. Sellack - The Roches - Warner Brothers

Iris DeMent - Calling For You - My Life - Warner Brothers

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me - Come Away With Me - BlueNote

Joni Mitchell - Coyote - Hejira - Asylum

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Universal Soldier - It's My Way - Vanguard

Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough - Tuesday Night Music Club - A & M Records

Alison Krauss & Union Station - Daylight - New Favorite - Rounder

Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust - Diamonds and Rust - A & M

Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe - Ode to Billie Joe - Capitol

Cassandra Wilson - Hellhound On My Trail - Blue Light 'Til Dawn - Blue Note

Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces - Wide Open Spaces - Monument/Sony Music

Indigo Girls - Land of Canaan - Indigo Girls - Epic

Bonnie Raitt - The Road's My Middle Name - Nick Of Time - Capitol/EMI

(Hour Two)

Emmylou Harris - Goin' Back To Harlan - Wrecking Ball - Elektra

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car - Tracy Chapman - Elektra

The Staples Singers - I'll Take You There - Be Altitude: Respect Yourself - Stax

Gillian Welch - Red Clay Halo - Time (The Revelator) - Acony

Odetta - It's A Mighty World - It's A Mighty World - RCA/Victor

Nina Simone - Backlash Blues - Nina Simone Sings the Blues - RCA/Victor

Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castle - Little Plastic Castle - Righteous Babe

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Roaad - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Mercury

Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors - Coat of Many Colors

Carole King - I Feel the Earth Move - Tapestry - Ode

Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee - Pearl - Columbia

Joni Mitchell - All I Want - Blue - Reprise

Joni Mitchell - A Case of You - Blue - Reprise

Folk Alley's weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Jon Nungesser, and hosted by Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via or directly from WKSU via FTP for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.
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