Folk Alley Radio Show #230831

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

In hour two, it’s new music from Corey Ledet, Old Crow Medicine Show with Mavis Staples, and Buffalo Nichols; an advance single from songwriter, Jeffrey Martin’s forthcoming November release; two tracks from the upcoming Nanci Griffith tribute compilation from Emmylou Harris and John Prine & Kelsey Waldon; plus favorites from Guy Clark, Loudon Wainwright III, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Tallest Man On Earth, Iris DeMent, and more.


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 – Everybodys 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

Guy Clark – Homegrown Tomatoes (live) – Songs and Stories – Dualtone

Etta Baker – Crow Jane – One Dime Blues – Rounder

Loudon Wainwright III – I’m Allright (live) – Career Moves – Virgin

John Prine & Kelsey Waldon – Love at the Five and Dime – More Than A Whisper: Celebrating The Music Of Nanci Griffith – Rounder

Emmylou Harris – Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War) – More Than A Whisper: Celebrating The Music Of Nanci Griffith – Rounder

Jeffrey Martin – There Is A Treasure – Thank God We Left The Garden – Fluff & Gravy Records

Iris DeMent – The Sacred Now – Workin’ On A World – Songs of Iris

Corey Ledet – Kofè t’fé ça – Médikamen – Corey Ledet

Leyla McCalla – Peze Café – A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey – Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi

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

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Cumbé – Mettavolution – ATO

Buffalo Nichols – The Difference – The Fatalist – Fat Possum

Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain – Didn’t It Rain – Entertainment One Music

Old Crow Medicine Show – One Drop (feat. Mavis Staples) – Jubilee – ATO


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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