Song Premieres

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

    • November 04, 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.

  • Song Premiere: Kerry Hart, "I Know A Gun"

    • June 27, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    The topic at hand finds the narrator calling someone out on the carpet for living in either denial or dishonesty about how they are handling their current, seemingly destructive, situation. It's a tale as old as time, made new again by a refreshing voice who will, with any bit of luck, continue to impress to at least the degree she does here.

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

    • February 21, 2019
    • 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.

  • Song Premiere: Lovers Leap, "Walnut Tree"

    • January 24, 2019
    • 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.

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

    • January 03, 2019
    • 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"

    • December 14, 2018
    • 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.

  • Song Premiere: Anna Tivel, "Fenceline"

    • October 26, 2018
    • Kim Ruehl

    “Fenceline” focuses on the impulse humans have had across generations and societies, to build walls in an effort to keep unwanted people out. Tivel found herself wondering: What is at the core of this need to construct barriers between ourselves and others?