Folk Alley Radio Show #240201

This week on Folk Alley, join host Elena See to kick off Black History Month with music by six pillars of early Black folk and blues 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 Sarah Jarosz, Brittney Spencer, Nina de Vitry, and John Leventhal; advance singles from forthcoming releases from Charley Crockett, John Smith, and Mountain Stage’s 40th Anniversary compilation. All this, plus favorites from Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange), Tim O’Brien, Birds of Chicago, Rose Cousins, Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert, and much more.


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 (67 Folkways CD) – 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 Brothers

Hour Two

Sarah Jarosz – Days Can Turn Around – Polaroid Lovers – Rounder

Hawktail – Britt Guit – Unless – Padiddle Records

Mandolin Orange – Darling Girl – Exclusive Folk Alley in-studio recording – Folk Alley exclusive recording

Brittney Spencer – New To This Town – My Stupid Life – Elektra Records

Tim O’Brien – Hold to a Dream – Odd Man In – Sugar Hill

Charley Crockett – $10 Cowboy – $10 Cowboy – Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers

Nina de Vitry – If We Didn’t Have the Night – [single] – Nina de Vitry

John Smith – The Living Kind – The Living Kind – Thirty Tigers/Commoner Records

Rose Cousins – Chosen – Natural Conclusion – Old Farm Pony Records

Birds of Chicago – Estrella Goodbye – Real Midnight – Five Head Entertainment

John Leventhal – The Only Ghost – Rumble Strip – Rumblestrip Records/Thirty Tigers

Martin Simpson – Ghost In The Pines – Righteousness & Humidity – Red House

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert – Ghost – When the Sun Goes Down – Dead Reckoning Records

Wilco (comp) – Space Oddity – Live On Mountain Stage: Outlaws and Outliers – Oh Boy

Western Centuries – Space Force (feat. Jim Lauderdale) – Call the Captain – Free Dirt


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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