Folk Alley Radio Show #240222

This week on Folk Alley, as Black History Month winds down and we look ahead to Women’s History Month in March, we celebrate the contributions of amazing Black women of folk, roots, and Americana – both historical and contemporary. Hear music from Bessie Jones, Odetta, Etta Baker, Joan Armatrading, Tracy Chapman, Allison Russell, Sunny War, Yasmin Williams, Valerie June, Miko Marks, and more. Plus, we'll hear from two pop stars who have waded into the world of folk and country music; new music from JigJam, The High Hawks, John Leventhal, Billy Keane, and Drew & Ellie Holcomb; and an excerpt from the most recent episode of the Basic Folk podcast featuring Dinty Child of the Boston-based collective, Session Americana.

Folk Alley Radio Show #240215

Folk Alley's celebration of Black History Month continues this week by spotlighting legends including Robert Johnson, Nina Simone, Sleepy John Estes, Jesse Fuller, The Staple Singers, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and artists they have influenced including Cassandra Wilson, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Hot Tuna, Rhiannon Giddens, Guy Davis, Amythyst Kiah, Bonnie Raitt, and much more.

Folk Alley Radio Show #240208

This week on Folk Alley, love is in the air. We celebrate Valentine's Day with love songs and "matters of the heart" from some of our favorite folk, roots, and Americana couples. Hear from Buddy & Julie Miller, The War and Treaty, Pharis & Jason Romero, Hayes Carll & Allison Moorer, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst, The Honey Dewdrops, and Johnny & June. In hour two, the love continues with music from Iris DeMent, Greg Brown, Kate Wolf, Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler, Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, David Francey, and Rose Cousins; plus new music from The High Hawks, Jim Kweskin, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, and more.

Folk Alley Radio Show #240201

This week on Folk Alley, join host Elena See to kick off Black History Month with music by six pillars of early Black folk and blues music and modern artists they have influenced. Hear songs by Memphis Minnie, Lead Belly, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, and Sippie Wallace; plus, hear new music from Sarah Jarosz, Britteny Spencer, Nina de Vitry, and John Leventhal; advance singles from forthcoming releases from Charlie Crockett, John Smith, and Mountain Stage's 40th Anniversary compilation. All this, and much more!

Folk Alley Radio Show #240125

This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for new music by Kaia Kater, Aoife O'Donovan, Peter Mulvey, Lizzie No, Muireann Bradley, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, John Craigie, Dylan LeBlanc, and Charm City Junction; advance singles from forthcoming albums by the Secret Sisters, Charlie Parr, and Sierra Ferrell; a happy birthday shoutout to the great Lucinda Williams; plus, favorites from Nick Drake, Greg Brown, Buffalo Nichols, Mark Erelli, and much more.

Folk Alley Radio Show #240118

This week on the Folk Alley Radio Show, join Elena See to honor the legendary Dolly Parton on her birthday! Plus, hear new music from Sarah Jarosz, Charm City Junction, Willi Carlisle, Suzy Bogguss, The Steel Wheels, the newly formed "supergroup," The High Hawks, and the latest from folk icon Jim Kweskin. All this, and we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's 1974 release, 'Court and Spark' too.

Folk Alley Radio Show #240111

This week on the Folk Alley Radio Show, join Elena See honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. Hear songs from Nina Simone, Richie Havens, Ruthie Foster, Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers, Odetta, Resistance Revival Chorus, Rhiannon Giddens, Patty Griffin, and more.

Folk Alley Radio Show #240104

This week on Folk Alley, it’s a celebration of all things “new” for a fresh new year! We’ll usher in the first week of 2024 with music from Leftover Salmon, Chris Brashear & Peter McLaughlin, and Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters; plus, we dive into favorite 2023 debut releases from new artists, Muireann Bradley, Annie Bartholomew, and Abraham Alexander, as well as from folk icons, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Kate Wolf, Lucinda Williams, Allison Krauss, Tracy Chapman, and much more.

Folk Alley Radio Show #231228

This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See to say "so long" to 2023 and welcome in the new year with music from Over the Rhine, Elizabeth Cotten, Amanda Shires, and Slaid Cleaves; plus, new music from Muireann Bradley, the Rainbow Girls, the East Pointers, Miko Marks with Melissa Carper, Alisa Amador, and Julian Lage. There's more from this year's Steve Martin Banjo Prize winners - the late "Duke of Drive" Terry Baucom and 4-string banjoist, Cynthia Sayer; and we celebrate of some late December birthdays with music from Suzy Bogguss, John Hartford, Odetta, and John Denver too.

Folk Alley Radio Show #231221

This week on Folk Alley, it's a rebroadcast of our annual 50 year throwback show! Hear the best of the best from 1973, with music from Jim Croce, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Maria Muldaur, Jackson Browne, John Martyn, Planxty, and Jerry Jeff Walker; plus, in hour two, the '73 favorites keep coming with music by The Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Taj Mahal, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Judee Sill, Arlo Guthrie, and much more.

Folk Alley Radio Show #231214

This week on Folk Alley join Elena See to celebrate the December holiday season with music to welcome in the official start of winter (on 12/21) from Josh Ritter, Bill Staines, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, David Grisman, and David Francey; plus Christmastime favorites by JD McPherson, Sierra Ferrell, Joni Mitchell, David Myles, Joy Clark, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Leon Redbone, The Mavericks, Asylum Street Spankers, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, The Sweetback Sisters, Dolly Parton, Lucinda Williams, and much more.

Folk Alley Radio Show #231207

This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for some December holiday favorites to help get us in the spirit...or not. Hear an exclusive track by Slaid Cleaves from our archives, and more from Gangstagrass, Indigo Girls, Béla Fleck, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Over the Rhine, Fred Eaglesmith & Tif Ginn, and Beth // James. Plus, we share selections from the results of our Best of 2023 Listener Poll; we'll remember Shane MacGowan of the Pogues who passed away on November 30; and much more.
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