Folk Alley Radio Show #220901

This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for a look at some of the history behind Labor Day and some of the great music that came from the labor movement too. Hear songs from Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Joan Baez, Utah Phillips, Hazel Dickens, Rosalie Sorrels, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Laurie Lewis with Alice Gerrard, and more.

In hour two, it’s new music from Amy Ray, Nathaniel Rateliff, Anthony D’Amato, Sierra Ferrell, Jim Lauderdale, and Willie Nelson with Lucinda Williams; plus favorites from Ruthie Foster, Bruce Cockburn, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, John Prine, Leo Kottke, and Donna the Buffalo.


Hour One:

Pete Seeger – Solidarity Forever – If I Had A Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle – Smithsonian Folkways

Natalie Merchant – Which Side Are You On? – SEEDS: Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3 – Appleseed

Joan Baez – Joe Hill – One Day At A Time – Vanguard

Utah Phillips (compilation) – There Is Power In A Union – Don’t Mourn-Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill – Smithsonian Folkways

Hazel Dickens (compilation) – The Rebel Girl – Don’t Mourn-Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill – Smithsonian Folkways

Rosalie Sorrels – I Am A Union Woman – The Long Memory – Red House Records

Old Crow Medicine Show – Union Maid – Big Iron World – Nettwerk

Billy Bragg & Wilco – Union Prayer – Mermaid Avenue III – Nonesuch

Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues – Pushin’ Against A Stone – Sunday Best Recordings

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands (feat. Alice Gerrard) – Working Girl Blues – The Hazel and Alice Sessions – Spruce and Maple Music

Tracy Chapman – Woman’s Work – Matters of the Heart – Elektra

Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch – Everybody’s Workin For the Man Again – You Can’t Save Everybody – Compass

The Devil Makes Three – Working Man’s Blues – Do Wrong Right – Milan Records

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley – Workin’ Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today – Before the Sun Goes Down – Compass Records

Hard Working Americans – Mr. President Have Pity On the Working Man – Hard Working Americans – Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers

Hour Two:

Amy Ray – Joy Train – If It All Goes South – Daemon Records

Ruthie Foster (feat. Derek Trucks) – Joy Comes Back – Joy Comes Back – Blue Corn Music

Nathaniel Rateliff – Famous Blue Raincoat – Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen [comp] – Blue Note Records

Bruce Cockburn – Foxglove – Six Strings North of the Border – Borealis

Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Come a Long Way – Dancer With Bruised Knees – Hannibal

Anthony D’Amato – Ships In The Night – At First There Was Nothing – Blue Rose Music

Andrew Bird – Atomized – Inside Problems – Loma Vista

Sierra Ferrell – Years – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute To John Anderson – Easy Eye Sound

John Prine – Jesus the Missing Years (live) – Live on Tour – Oh Boy

Jim Lauderdale – Friends Again – Game Changer – Sky Crunch Records

Leo Kottke – Cripple Creek – John Fahey, Peter Lang, Leo Kottke – Takoma

Donna the Buffalo – Don’t Know What We’ve Got – Tonight, Tomorrow, and Yesterday – Sugar Hill

Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams – Live Forever – Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver – New West Records/Pedernales Records

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time – A Beautiful Time – Legacy Recordings


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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