Song Premieres

  • Song Premiere: Michael Doucet, "Covid 19 (Don't Want No)

    • November 08, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Michael Doucet’s ferocious, almost, savage sawing of his fiddle opens this harrowing minor chord mantra about the fear, the claustrophobia, the anxiety, the isolation we’ve all been feeling since the COVID-19 virus spread rapidly around the world.

  • Song Premiere: Robby Hecht, "The Ends and the Means" (Orchestral Version)

    • October 08, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Robby Hecht is releasing a gorgeous and poignant orchestral version of "The Ends and the Means," just when we need it most. Ben Plotnick’s violin and viola and Kaitlyn Raitz’s cello introduce the song with soaring walls of sound that lay the somber foundation for Hecht’s luminous storytelling and searching meditations on human nature and its foibles.

  • Song Premiere: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, "Desert Flowers"

    • September 22, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters’ gorgeous new song, “Desert Flowers,” washes over us in cascading waves of sound that evoke aching loneliness, yearning hope, hungry nostalgia, and pining for life on the road. The exquisite poetry and sonic splendor of the song lingers and resonates in the soul long after the last note fades

  • Song Premiere: Anya Hinkle, "Hills of Swannanoa"

    • August 12, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Anya Hinkle’s “Hills of Swannanoa” captures the beauty and mystery of the area around Asheville, Swannanoa, and Black Mountain, North Carolina, vividly telling a story of an event that shaped the lives of individuals and the community for years. Moving so adeptly between moods of light and dark, she brilliantly captures the ways that beauty often carries within it the seeds of its own destruction, as well as the inarticulate sadness that such destruction brings.

  • Song Premiere: Kronos Quartet & Friends, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

    • July 29, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    To pay tribute to Pete Seeger, the Kronos Quartet enlisted the voices of Sam Amidon, Aoife O’Donovan, and others to tell the tale in a sort of relay, with a new voice for every verse. The result feels like the song is posing a question that a community ponders, rather than being the rumination of a single singer. Indeed, in these challenging and often troubling times, many of us find ourselves wondering when we will ever learn.

  • Song Premiere: Christian Sedelmyer, "Deacon Waltz" (feat. Jerry Douglas)

    • May 05, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    Here, Sedelmyer and dobro master Jerry Douglas, with whom he regularly plays, take turns teasing out both the heartache and hope with support from Andrew Marlin on mandolin, Eli West on guitar and banjo, and Clint Mullican on double bass. In addition to Ravine Palace, this group of musicians, minus Douglas, gathered together for Marlin's solo album back in 2018 and again, only recently, for West's next release. Their comfort with and confidence in each other allows space within this song, and the rest of the album, for the music to work its magic.

  • Song Premiere: The Lowest Pair, "Shot Down the Sky"

    • April 10, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    “It's about the sky falling. The idea of wanting — or what you think you want in a moment — going for it, and then exploring the fascinating aftermath,” Winter explains, adding. “And it’s about letting go of expectations, acceptance. But really the imagery of being on the ground with the moon and stars all around is what drove my lyrics. The literal idea of the sky falling, but like out of a kid's picture where the land ends an inch up from the bottom of the page and the sky is just that top trim of the paper. And all the little balls and suns come tumbling down."

  • Song Premiere: Liz Longley, "Torture"

    • April 06, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    "This is a song about being so in love with someone that it’s torture to be apart,” Longley explains. “It’s taken on a whole new meaning in this time of quarantining, when some are forced to be separated from the one they love.”