Folk Alley Radio Show #220210

This week on Folk Alley, we continue our celebration of Black History Month by exploring music by legends Robert Johnson, Nina Simone, Sleepy John Estes, Jesse Fuller, The Staple Singers, and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.

In hour two – new music by Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert, River Whyless, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, and Abigail Lapell; more from the latest by Punch Brothers and Aoife O’Donovan; plus favorites from Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Iris Dement, Sam Bush, The Small Glories, and much more!


Hour One:

Artist – Title – Album – Label

Robert Johnson – Crossroads – Martin Scorsese Presents the Best of the Blues – UTV Records

Cassandra Wilson – Come On In My Kitchen – Blue Light ‘Til Dawn – Blue Note

Crooked Still – Last Fair Deal Gone Down – Hop High – Footprint

Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew What It Feels To Be Free – Silk & Soul – RCA/Victor

Ollabelle – See Line Woman – Riverside Battle Songs – Verve

Sleepy John Estes – Milk Cow Blues – I Ain’t Gonna Be Worried No More, 1929-1941 – Yazoo

Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – Diving Duck Blues – TajMo – Concord Records

Jesse Fuller – Rockin’ Boogie (live) – Friends of Old Time Music – The Folk Arrival 1961-1965 – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Grateful Dead – Monkey and the Engineer – Reckoning – Arista

Hot Tuna – San Francisco Bay Blues – Live in Japan – Eagle Records

The Staple Singers – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) – Be What You Are – Stax

Rhiannon Giddens (with Bhi Bhiman) – Freedom Highway – Freedom Highway – Nonesuch

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Walk On – Absolutely the Best – Fuel 2000

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi – Hooray, Hooray These Women Are Killing Me (in-studio) – Folk Alley Sessions – Folk Alley Exclusive Recording

Hour Two:

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert – Bailout Blues – The Flowers That Bloom in Spring – Dead Reckoning Records

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert – I Thought You Were A Goat #1 – The Flowers That Bloom in Spring – Dead Reckoning Records

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Ride To You – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Rounder

Punch Brothers – Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Hell On Church Street – Nonesuch Records

Gordon Lightfoot – The Way I Feel – Lightfoot! (LP) – UnitedArt

Aoife O’Donovan – Phoenix – Age of Apathy – YepRoc

Aoife O’Donovan & Taylor Ashton – Loretta – [single] – Yep Roc/Signature Sounds

River Whyless – Heaven and Light – Monoflora – Soundly Music

Iron & Wine – Freedom Hangs Like Heaven – Woman King – Sub Pop

Iris Dement – There’s A Whole Lotta Heaven – Sing the Delta – Flariella Records

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway – Crooked Tree – Crooked Tree – Nonesuch Records

Jerry Douglas – Little Martha – Lookout For Hope – Sugar Hill

Sam Bush (w/ Alison Krauss) – Lefty’s Song – Storyman – Sugar Hill

The Small Glories – Time Wanders On – Wondrous Traveler – The Small Glories

Abigail Lapell – Pines – Stolen Time – Outside Music


Folk Alley’s weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and host Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from Folk Alley via Dropbox for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 65 stations nationally.

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