• Folk Alley Radio Show #190404

    • April 06, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive in-studio session with the Wisconsin duo, Dead Horses (Sarah Vos and Daniel Wolff); new music from Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Anna Tivel, The Cactus Blossoms, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, and Todd Snider. There's a set for the birds with music by David Francey, Steve Goodman; and another set in honor of Pete Seeger's upcoming 100th Birthday (on May 3) with songs from Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, and the legend himself. All this, plus favorites from Tony Rice, David Rawlings Machine, and more.

  • Album Review: Anna Tivel, 'The Question'

    • April 05, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Songwriters do something really special: They take details of the world around and within us, and express them in words and music in order to connect us not only to them and their work, but to each other, if not ourselves, as well. It's an infinitely generous gift they have. And the ones who can turn plain spoken language into breath-taking poetry are the rarest of the breed. Anna Tivel has that talent. On her new album, The Question, she wanders through various lives and stories, noticing and recounting the tiniest of moments that carry the heaviest of weights.

  • Album Review: Caleb Elliott, 'Forever to Fade'

    • April 05, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    Transitioning from one way of life to another doesn't always go well. Whether that's shifting from religious cult to popular culture, side player to center stage, or classical musician to secular songwriter, not everyone can handle their world being turned on its ear. Caleb Elliott is not everyone. And, based on his debut solo album, Forever to Fade, he's taking all the changes in stride... and an easy, solid stride, at that.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190328

    • April 01, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, we'll feature exclusive recordings from the 2019 Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal with performances from Lily Henley, Fru Skagerrak, and Annabelle Chvostek w/ Mali Obomsawin; new music from Mile Twelve, Evie Ladin Band, Molly Tuttle, Hayes Carll, Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, Madison Violet, Mother Banjo, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, the Tim O'Brien Band, John Smith, and the Infamous Stringdusters; all this, plus favorites from Amelia Curran, John Renbourn, Nick Drake, and more.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190321

    • March 27, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive Session with Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert performing songs from their new album, 'When the Sun Goes Down'; more new music from John Smith, Patty Griffin, the Evie Ladin Band, Mother Banjo, and The Infamous Stringdusters; a few songs to welcome in Spring from I Draw Slow, We Banjo 3, and Guy Clark; favorites from Dead Horses, Elephant Revival,Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard; and much more.

  • Album Review: Luther Dickinson & Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, 'Solstice'

    • March 26, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    When Luther Dickinson rounded up Amy Helm, Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago), Shardé Thomas, Amy LaVere, and the Como Mamas to be his Sisters of the Strawberry Moon and make a record together, you can imagine that it was bound to be a wonderful and wonder-filled affair. With Solstice, the reality tops even the imagining of what such a collaboration might yield. Indeed, each of the band members brings so much soulfulness to the project that it could've rightfully been titled SOULstice.

  • Hear It First: John Smith, 'Hummingbird'

    • March 21, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    John Smith is the latest entry into the English folk milieu and a more than welcome one. On his new release, Hummingbird, traditional tunes and contemporary themes effortlessly entangle themselves to create a wonderful and worthy addition to the English folk canon.

  • Hear It First: Mother Banjo, 'Eyes on the Sky'

    • March 18, 2019
    • Folk Alley staff

    Having employed the stage of the historic Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN as her studio and recording the songs, live in a circle, with her band, Mother Banjo's Eyes on the Sky is her most intimate and most personal album to date - documenting six years of dramatic changes in the world and her personal life, including marriage, love, loss, and pregnancy.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #190314

    • March 17, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, an exclusive Folk Alley Session from the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival with Nashville singer-songwriter, Mary Bragg; new music from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Cactus Blossoms, Della Mae, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Molly Tuttle, Infamous Stringdusters, John Smith, and Hayes Carll; a classic from the Carter Family; plus favorites from Jason Isbell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richard Thompson, and more.

  • Album Review: Hayes Carll, 'What It Is'

    • March 15, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    With What It Is, Hayes Carll continues to prove that he's one of the most gifted wordsmiths in the game. Read Kelly McCartney's review.