Folk Alley Radio Show #230209

This week on Folk Alley, we continue our celebration of Black History Month by exploring music by legends Robert Johnson, Nina Simone, Sleepy John Estes, Jesse Fuller, The Staple Singers, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and more.

In hour two, we spotlight the winners of this year’s Folk Alliance International Awards with music by folk legend Janis Ian, Anais Mitchell, Aoife O’Donovan, and Molly Tuttle; new music by folk “super group” Mighty Poplar, William Prince, The Tallest Man On Earth, Ruth Wyand, and Esukolaal, from Smithsonian Folkways ‘Ears of the People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal and Gambia’ compilation. All this and muuch 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:

Robert Johnson – Crossroads – Martin Scorsese Presents the Best of the Blues – UTV Records

Cassandra Wilson – Come On In My Kitchen – Blue Light ‘Til Dawn – Blue Note

Crooked Still – Last Fair Deal Gone Down – Hop High – Footprint

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

Ollabelle – See Line Woman – Riverside Battle Songs – Verve

Sleepy John Estes – Milk Cow Blues – I Ain’t Gonna Be Worried No More, 1929-1941 – Yazoo

Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – Diving Duck Blues – TajMo – Concord Records

Jesse Fuller – Rockin’ Boogie (live) – Friends of Old Time Music – The Folk Arrival 1961-1965 – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Grateful Dead – Monkey and the Engineer – Reckoning – Arista

Hot Tuna – San Francisco Bay Blues – Live in Japan – Eagle Records

The Staple Singers – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) – Be What You Are – Stax

Rhiannon Giddens (with Bhi Bhiman) – Freedom Highway – Freedom Highway – Nonesuch

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Walk On – Absolutely the Best – Fuel 2000

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi – Hooray, Hooray These Women Are Killing Me (in-studio) – Folk Alley Sessions – Folk Alley Exclusive Recording

Hour Two:

Janis Ian – At Seventeen – Between the Lines – Columbia

Janis Ian – I’m Still Standing – The Light at The End of the Line – Rude Girl Records

Anais Mitchell – Bright Star – Anais Mitchell – BMG

Aoife O’Donovan – B61 – Age of Apathy – YepRoc

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway – She’ll Change – Crooked Tree – Nonesuch

Mighty Poplar – Up On the Divide – Mighty Poplar – Free Dirt Records

Reeltime Travelers – Higher Rock – Livin’ Reeltime,Thinkin’ Old-Time – Yodelayhee

William Prince – When You Miss Someone – Stand In the Joy – Six Shooter Records

The Small Glories – Secondhand – Assiniboine and the Red – Red House Records/Compass Music Group

The Duhks – The Wagoner’s Lad – The Duhks – Sugar Hill

Esukolaal (comp) – Bapaalay – Ears of the People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal and Gambia – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Bela Fleck – Kinetsa – Throw Down Your Heart, Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: Africa Sessions – Rounder

The Tallest Man On Earth – Every Little Heart – Henry St. – ANTI-

Ruth Wyand – Maple Leaf Rag – Guitar Routes – Ruth Wyand

The Band – Rag Mama Rag – The Band – Capitol


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