Music

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200402

    • April 04, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, Elena See shares an exclusive interview and performance from The Secret Sisters, recorded at this year's 30A Songwriters Festival; new music from Mapache, Jill Andrews, Jake Shimabukuro, Western Centuries, Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn, and Pharis & Jason Romero; a set on tunes to welcome in spring; and much more.

  • Hear It First: Eliza Gilkyson, '2020'

    • April 03, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    All told, the album is a stirring, timely, beautifully written message about the importance of unity and collaboration in a time of great partisan divide. Timed on purpose for an election year, Gilkyson couldn’t have possibly foreseen the social and political environment into which the album would release.

  • Song Premiere: Jon Stickley Trio, "Scripting the Flip"

    • March 31, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    "Sometimes when we are in bluegrass jams, the rhythms will accidentally get switched around and the song suddenly sounds very strange and backwards. I’ve always loved those moments and wanted them to last as long as possible. This song was written a little backwards on purpose and it made me think about the general mindset of the Trio. We embrace mistakes and like to go out on a limb and experiment with things. When we do, we try to do it with grace and the utmost respect for the art form."

  • Song Premiere: Lara Downes with Howard Fishman, "All Night, All Day"

    • March 30, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Downes says, “I sure am feeling this song right now, as we go to bed each night with so much uncertainty about what the next day will bring. If ever we've needed angels to watch over us, it's now. And we have to BE each other's angels, watching over each other and keeping each other safe. We have the power to guard and protect each other, and get through this crisis. This song goes out to our community with so much love. Stay safe, stay well, stay strong...”

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200326

    • March 27, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for new music from Willie Nelson, Mark Erelli, Justin Moses, Puss N Boots, Western Centuries, Gretchen Peters, and the Asheville, NC progressive bluegrass quintet, Fireside Collective; a set from banjoist Danny Barnes' new album 'Man on Fire'; plus favorites from Wilco, Lori McKenna, Joni Mitchell, Jorma Kaukonen, and more.

  • Album Review: Jill Andrews, 'Thirties'

    • March 27, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    Raise your hand if you thought your life would look different at whatever age you happen to currently be? It's an endemic condition. Maybe it's from the movies that we watch as kids. Maybe it's from the myths that we portray on social media. Whatever the cause, dang near no one is who they thought they'd be at this particular moment. That's the issue beating at the heart of 'Thirties,' the new release from singer/songwriter Jill Andrews.

  • Hear It First: Appalachian Road Show, 'Tribulation'

    • March 26, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Appalachian Road Show’s new album, 'Tribulation,' perfectly speaks to our dark and unsettling times. On the one hand, the songs embrace the trials and tribulations of uncertain days filled with despair and loss and suffering, when any glimmer of hope only dimly shines through the darkness. And, on the other hand, they celebrate the community that gathers together in the face of such tribulation to celebrate love, to dance and to sing of the possibilities of redemption, to welcome home the weary from their travails.

  • Album Review: Dave Simonett, 'Red Tail'

    • March 24, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    With Red Tail, Dave Simonett steps out from his Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter projects to put his songs center stage, while also letting them be just what they are without trying to prove anything to anyone.

  • Song Premiere: Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn, "Four Seasons"

    • March 24, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei have toured together in the US before, delivering a slightly spacy, bizarre blend of American and Chinese folk sounds. Now, as they embark on the release of their first collaborative album, titled simply Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn, they bring listeners music that demonstrates how closely tied are the deep traditions of American folk (seeded in this case, mostly, by English, Irish, and Scottish traditions) and the ancient folk songs of China.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #200319

    • March 21, 2020
    • Linda Fahey


    This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for a couple tunes to celebrate the beginning of Spring; new music from Cindy Cashdollar, Rory Block, Brandy Clark, and a set from Dave Simonett's new album, 'Red Tail'; plus we'll remember beloved Texas songwriter, Eric Taylor, and much more in hour two!