Folk Alley Radio Show #240111

This week on the Folk Alley Radio Show, join Elena See to 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, and Patty Griffin.

(Read Kim Ruehl’s thoughtful article: “Reconsidering Civil Rights Songs for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday“.)

In hour two, we celebrate Steve Earle’s birthday with his tributes to his musical teachers: Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark; some songs for January by The Decemberists and Bill Staines; new music from Muireann Bradley and Sam Lee; plus favorites from Greg Brown, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, 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

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Dublin Blues – Guy – New West

Steve Earle – Colorado Girl – Townes – New West Records

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

The Decemberists – January Hymn – The King Is Dead – Capitol

Bill Staines – January Snow – The First Million Miles Vol. 2 – Rounder

Greg Brown – My New Book – The Poet Game – Red House

Patty Larkin – Banish Misfortune/Open Hand – Angels Running – HighStreet

Bill Morrissey – Birches – Night Train – Philo

Muireann Bradley – Stagolee – I Kept These Old Blues – Tompkins Square

Mississippi John Hurt – Nobody’s Dirty Business – Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings – Columbia/Legacy

Sam Lee – Bushes & Briars – songdreaming – Sam Lee/Cooking Vinyl

Spell Songs – Bird of the Blizzard (feat. Julie Fowlis) – Spell Songs II: Let The Light In – Quercus

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

Eliza Gilkyson – World Keeps on Singing – Home – Realiza Records/Amplified


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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