Folk Alley Radio Show #220224

This week on Folk Alley, as Black History Month winds down and we look ahead to Women’s History Month, 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, Our Native Daughters, Yasmin Williams, Valerie, June, and more.

In hour two, it’s new music by folk music legend, Judy Collins, The Pine Hearts, Jake Blount, Brennen Leigh, The Wooks, and Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky; plus favorites from John Denver, Kaia Kater, Eilen Jewell, Gillian Welch, and more.


Hour One:

Artist – Title – Album – Label

Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers – Before This Time Another Year (live) – Friends of Old Time Music – The Folk Arrival 1961-1965 – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Etta Baker – Police Dog Blues – One Dime Blues – Rounder

Odetta – Got My Mind On Freedom – It’s A Mighty World – RCA/Victor

Bessie Smith – Weeping Willow Blues – The Essential Bessie Smith – Sony

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog – Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings – Universal

Joan Armatrading – Down To Zero – LIVE All The Way From America – SigmusicUS

Sweet Honey in the Rock – Ella’s Song – Breaths – Flying Fish

Tracy Chapman – Born to Fight – Crossroads – Elektra

Joy Oladokun – Jordan – in defense of my own happiness – Verve Forecast/Republic Records

Valerie June – With You – The Order Of Time – Concord Records

Chastity Brown – Mad Love – [single] – Red House Records

Yasmin Williams – Swift Breeze – Urban Driftwood – Spinster Sounds

Miko Marks & the Resurrectors – Long Journey Home – [single] – Redtone Records

Our Native Daughters – Polly Ann’s Hammer – Songs of Our Native Daughters – Smithsonian Folkways

Resistance Revival Chorus – All You Fascists Bound To Lose (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) – This Joy – Righteous Babe Records

Hour Two:

Judy Collins – When I Was A Girl In Colorado – Spellbound – Cleopatra Records

John Denver – I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado – Poems, Prayers and Promises – RCA

The Pine Hearts – Mary the Night’s On Fire – Lost Love Songs – The Pine Hearts

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

Hot Rize – High on a Mountain (live) – 40th Anniversary Bash – Ten In Hand Records

Jake Blount – The Man Was Burning – [single] – The Man Was Burning

Kaia Kater – Saint Elizabeth – Nine Pin – Kingswood Records

Brennen Leigh – If Tommy Duncan’s Voice Was Booze – Obsessed With The West – Signature Sounds

Eilen Jewell – High Shelf Booze – Letters From Sinners & Strangers – Signature Sounds

Mandolin Orange (Watchhouse) – Waltz About Whiskey (in-studio) – Exclusive Folk Alley Sessions in-studio recording – Folk Alley exclusive recording

The Wooks – Mudfish Momma – Flyin’ High – The Wooks

Nickel Creek – Smoothie Song – This Side – Sugar Hill

Gillian Welch – One More Dollar – Revival – Almo

Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky – Papa’s On The Housetop – Digging In John’s Backyard – Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky

Cephas & Wiggins – Great Change – Richmond Blues – Smithsonian Folkways


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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