• Video Premiere: Jesse Colin Young, "Four In the Morning"

    • November 24, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Like the troubadour he’s always been, Jesse Colin Young always find a new highway to travel, even when the rest of the world is standing still. His new album is aptly named Highway Troubadour, for it contains a lifetime of music that reflects Young’s journey’s into the shadows and into the brilliant sunlight. The new album features newly-recorded solo performances—just Young and his guitar—of songs from his entire catalog, from “Sugar Babe” to “Cast a Stone,” from his most recent album Dreamers to the theme song he wrote for his series of podcasts this year, Tripping on My Roots. The COVID lockdown certainly has not kept this troubadour from flying down the highway, making the music he loves and raising his voice in support of justice, compassion, and unity. “This has been a grand adventure,” he says.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #201119

    • November 20, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week of Folk Alley, join Elena See for new music from Langhorne Slim, Nova Scotian funeral director-turned songwriter, Terra Spencer, Irish-American Danny Burns, Amanda Shires w/ Jason Isbell, Adam Hurt, Max Gomez, Dave Alvin, The Steel Wheels, Justin Moses, and Kelsey Waldon; plus favorites from The Highwomen, Della Mae, Emma Swift, Taj Mahal, Cassandra Wilson, Billy Strings, John Prine, and more.

  • Album Review: Kelsey Waldon, 'They'll Never Keep Us Down'

    • November 20, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Kelsey Waldon’s timing couldn’t be more perfect. In a time swirling in the eddies of unrest, muddied by the hypocrisy of political leaders, and bloodied by the club-swinging, vicious forces of “law and order,” she delivers bold covers of seven songs that stir the waters of protests for justice, freedom, and inequality.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #201112

    • November 13, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley join Elena See for music for hope and dancing from The Mavericks, Peter Ostroushko, and Donna the Buffalo; new music by Raye Zaragoza, Joachim Cooder, Jamestown Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jeff Tweedy, Adam Hurt, Danny Burns, and Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters; plus favorites from Rayna Gellert, Aoife O'Donovan, Nickel Creek, Mandolin Orange, and much more.

  • Video Premiere: Mipso, “Just Want To Be Loved”

    • November 12, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Many of us stand outside certain communities looking in, sometimes yearning to be a part, often simply marveling that the community shares so freely a love missing in our own community. With a momentary tinge of regret, we might walk away, or we may tentatively approach members of the community, seeking welcome and acceptance; very often the circle widens, embracing us. In some ways, we’re all outsiders during the pandemic, with community circles closing tighter and tighter and disallowing others in.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #201105

    • November 09, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley join Elena See for a special remembrance of Texas outlaw country legend Billy Joe Shaver who passed away on October 28; new music from Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche, Mipso, Ray LaMontagne, Steep Canyon Rangers, William Prince, Raye Zaragoza, and Moira Smiley & Seamus Egan featuring Sam Amidon; classics from Tom Paxon and Joni Mitchell; favorites from The Wailin' Jennys and Taylor Ashton; and more.

  • 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.

  • New Folk Music from the UK & Ireland for November’s Bandcamp Friday

    • November 06, 2020
    • Devon Léger

    For November’s Bandcamp Friday, Devon Léger looks at some of the powerful new albums coming out of the UK and Ireland. With most of these albums there’s a kind of tribalism tied to the topography of the lands, sometimes a strain of environmentalism bordering on animist. The UK and Ireland have long lived in closer proximity to the other realms than we have in the US, that’s why their folk songs are full of faeries, spells, and bloody ballads. With the seasons turning to winter now, let’s turn to these sea and storm swept landscapes to listen to tales of the old ways.

  • Folk Alley Radio Show #201029

    • October 31, 2020
    • Linda Fahey

    This week on Folk Alley join Elena See for a special remembrance of Jerry Jeff Walker; new music from Rosanne Cash, Ani DiFranco, Sturgill Simpson, Norah Jones & Mavis Staples, Ben Harper, Steep Canyon Rangers, and William Prince; classics from Joni Mitchell and Lead Belly; plus, we share some news from Arlo Guthrie and much more!

  • Video Premiere: Jake La Botz, "Hey Bigfoot"

    • October 28, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    The rattling roll of a snare drum kicks off this funked-up nod and a wink take on the human predicament. With its tingling xylophone on the bridge and loping rhythms, Jake La Botz's “Hey Bigfoot” echoes the theme songs of Friday night frights films while at the same time evoking the striding cadences of the song’s central character.