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.
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
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
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