Folk Alley Radio Show #230112

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.

Plus, read Kim Ruehl’s thoughtful article: Reconsidering Civil Rights Songs for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

In hour two, we remember folk icon Ian Tyson who passed away on December 30; give a happy birthday shoutout to Steve Earle; plus share more faves from 2022 from Hurray for the Riff Raff, Down Like Silver, Nic Gareiss and Allison de Groot, Anais Mitchell, and much more.


Hour One:

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

Richie Havens – Freedom – Best Of – Rhino

Ruthie Foster – Woke Up This Mornin’ – Runaway Soul – Blue Corn

The Staple Singers – Don’t You Let Nobody Turn You Around – What the World Needs Now Is Love – Epic

Mavis Staples – Eyes On the Prize – We’ll Never Turn Back – ANTI

Odetta – Jim Crow Blues – Looking For a Home (Leadbelly Tribute) – M.C.

Kate Campbell – Greensboro – The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol.1) – Large River Music

Nanci Griffith – The Loving Kind – The Loving Kind – Rounder

Resistance Revival Chorus – Ella’s Song – This Joy – Righteous Babe Records

Rhiannon Giddens – I Shall Not Be Moved (with Francesco Turrisi) – They’re Calling Me Home – Nonesuch

Freedom Singers (comp) – This Little Light of Mine (live) – Freedom: Songs from the Heart of America – Sony

Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome (live) – Greatest Hits – CBS/Sony

Eilen Jewell – How Long – Letters From Sinners & Strangers – Signature

Patty Griffin – Up to the Mountain (MLK Song) – Children Running Through – ATO

Hour Two:

Ian & Sylvia – You Were On My Mind – Greatest Folksingers Of The 60’s – Vanguard

Ian & Sylvia – Four Strong Winds – Greatest Hits – Vanguard

Steve Earle and the Dukes – Gettin’ By – Jerry Jeff – New West Records

Jerry Jeff Walker – Sangria Wine (Live) – Viva Terlingua (Live) – MCA Nashville

Townes Van Zandt – Don’t Let the Sunshine Fool Ya’ – The Late Great Townes Van Zandt – Capitol

Town Mountain – Comeback Kid – Lines in the Levee – New West Records

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters – What We’ve Got – Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters – Organic Records

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Life On Earth (feat Preservation Hall Jazz Band) – [single] – Nonesuch

Western Centuries – Earthly Justice – Songs from the Deluge – Free Dirt

Down Like Silver – First Light – [single] – Down Like Silver

Nic Gareiss & Allison DeGroot – Banging Breakdown – The Thrill – Nic Gareiss & Allison DeGroot

The Mammals – Fork In the Road – Sunshiner – Humble Abode Music

Greg Brown – Help Me Make It Through This Funky Day – In the Dark With You – Red House

Anais Mitchell – Real World – Anais Mitchell – BMG


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 67 stations nationally.

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