Folk Alley Radio Show #230202

This week on Folk Alley, join host Elena See to celebrate Black History Month with music by six pillars of early Black folk music and modern artists they have influenced. Hear songs by Memphis Minnie, Lead Belly, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Sippie Wallace, and more.

In hour two, it’s new music from Nickel Creek, Dom Flemons, Irene Kelley, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and the Smithsonian Folkways release, ‘Ears of the People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal and Gambia’; Chris Smither honors the late Billy Conway; plus, favorites from Charley Crockett, Bonny Light Horseman, Caitlin Canty, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and more.

For more, check out Folk Alley’s 6+ hour special Black History Month playlist in the Classic Folk stream. Listen here, via our free mobile app, or say, “Alexa, play Folk Alley Classic Folk.”

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Hour One:

Memphis Minnie – I Got To Make A Change Blues – I Ain’t No Bad Girl – Portrait

Maria Muldaur – Me and My Chauffeur Blues – I’m A Woman – ShoutFact.

Lucinda Williams – Nothing In Rambling (Live) – Lucinda Williams – Koch

Lead Belly – Rock Island Line – Classic Folk Music – Smithsonian Folkways

Jake Blount – Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Spider Tales – Free Dirt

Leon & Eric Bibb – Sylvie – A Family Affair – Manhaton

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Down By the Riverside – Gospel ‘N’ Soul Revival – Great American Music

Ruthie Foster – Up Above My Head – The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster – Blue Corn

Mississippi John Hurt – Candy Man – Today – Vanguard

Peter Case & Dave Alvin – Monday Morning Blues – Avalon Blues A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt – Vanguard

Taj Mahal – My Creole Belle – Avalon Blues A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt – Vanguard

Peter Keane – Nobody’s Dirty Business – Rural Electrification – Little Hat

Elizabeth Cotten – Freight Train – Classic Folk Music (compilation) – Smithsonian Folkways

Rhiannon Giddens – Shake Sugaree – Tomorrow is My Turn – Nonesuch Records

Sippie Wallace – You Got To Know How – Women Be Wise – Storyville

Bonnie Raitt – Women Be Wise – Bonnie Raitt – Warner Bro

Hour Two:

Charley Crockett – Trinity River – The Man From Waco – Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers

Harvey Reid – Red River Valley – Steel Drivin Man – Woodpecker

Ray Wylie Hubbard (comp) – Whiskey River (live) – One Night In Texas: The Next Waltz’s Tribute to The Red Headed Stranger – The Next Waltz

Nickel Creek – Strangers – Celebrants – Thirty Tigers

Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman – 37d03d

Chris Smither (comp) – Outside Inside – Further On: The Songs of Billy Conway – Independent

Caitlin Canty – Get Up – Reckless Skyline – Caitlin Canty

Bob Dylan – Love Sick [Version 2] – Fragments-Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997), The Bootleg Series Vol.17 [Deluxe Edition] – Columbia Records

Valerie June – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – Under Cover [EP] – June Tunes/Fantasy Records

Dom Flemons – Tough Luck – Traveling Wildfire – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Electric Soul – Mettavolution – ATO

Elisa Diedhiou (comp) – Aline Sitoe – Ears of the People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal and Gambia – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Irene Kelley – Wild Mountain Stream – Snow White Memories – Irene Kelley

Seamus Egan & Moira Smiley – Mourning Dove – Good Winter – TLH Records


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 68 stations nationally.

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