Song Premieres

  • 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?

  • Song Premiere: Hush Kids, "Goodbye Rain"

    • September 27, 2018
    • Kelly McCartney

    Throughout their eponymous debut, Hush Kids weave a gorgeous melodic web with varying threads of toughness and texture. On the sparsely populated “Goodbye Rain,” they apply their delicately dulcet tones with a light touch that recalls one of 2017's most magical and memorable tracks, “Forces of Decay” by Rogue + Jaye. It's like the spoonful of musical sugar that helps the medicine of heartache go down.

  • Song Premiere: Lucy Wainwright Roche, "Quit With Me"

    • September 27, 2018
    • Kelly McCartney

    Another master of musical melancholy is, undeniably, Lucy Wainwright Roche. On her new album, Little Beast, she churns out lyrical impossibilities time and again, each conveying so much with so little.

  • Song Premiere: David Benedict, "Leaf By Niggle"

    • July 17, 2018
    • Folk Alley staff

    Listen to the premiere of “Leaf by Niggle," by Mile Twelve mandolinist David Benedict - the first single from his upcoming solo release, The Golden Angle, due on October 26th.