Folk Alley Radio Show #240222

This week on Folk Alley, as Black History Month winds down and we look ahead to Women’s History Month in March, we celebrate the contributions of amazing Black women of folk, roots, and Americana – both historical and contemporary. Hear music from Bessie Jones, Odetta, Etta Baker, Joan Armatrading, Tracy Chapman, Allison Russell, Sunny War, Yasmin Williams, Valerie June, Miko Marks, and more.

In hour two, hear from two pop stars who have waded into the world of folk and country music; new music from JigJam, The High Hawks, John Leventhal, Billy Keane, and Drew & Ellie Holcomb; plus an excerpt from the most recent episode of the Basic Folk podcast featuring Dinty Child of the Boston-based collective, Session Americana; and much more.


Hour One

Odetta – Got My Mind On Freedom – It’s A Mighty World – RCA/Victor

Etta Baker – Police Dog Blues – One Dime Blues – Rounder

Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers – Before This Time Another Year (live) – Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961-1965 – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Bessie Smith – Weeping Willow Blues – The Essential Bessie Smith – Sony

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog – Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings – Universal Music

Joan Armatrading – Down To Zero – LIVE All The Way From America – SigmusicUS

Sweet Honey in the Rock – Ella’s Song – Breaths – Flying Fish

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car – Tracy Chapman – Elektra

Joy Oladokun – Purple Haze – [single] – Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records

Valerie June – With You – The Order Of Time – Concord Records

Allison Russell – The Returner – The Returner – Fantasty Records

Yasmin Williams – Swift Breeze – Urban Driftwood – Spinster Sounds

Sunny War – Losing Hand – Simple Syrup – Hen House

Kaia Kater – When Sorrows Encompass Me Round – Sorrow Bound – Kingswood Records

Miko Marks & the Resurrectors – Long Journey Home – [single] – Redtone Records

Hour Two

Beyoncé – Texas Hold ‘Em – Renaissance Act II – Columbia/Sony

Taylor Swift – Exile (feat. Bon Iver) – Folklore – Republic

JigJam – John D. McGurks – Across The Pond – JigJam Records

John Doyle – North Sea Holes – Evening Comes Early – Shanachie

Karan Casey – I Thank My Lucky Stars – Nine Apples of Gold – Vertical Records

Dinty Child – Basic Folk Interview clip: Cindy Howes and Dinty Child – Basic Folk interview clip

Dinty Child – Witness – Letting the Lions In – Dinty Child

Rose Cousins – Tired Eyes – Stray Birds (EP)

Billy Keane – Returning to the Garden (feat. The Mammals) – [single] – Upper Floor

The Mammals – Unpopular Ideas – [single] – Humble Abode Music

The High Hawks – Mother Nature’s Show – Mother Nature’s Show – LoHi Records

John Leventhal – JL’s Hymn #2 – Rumble Strip – Rumblestrip Records/Thirty Tigers

Rosanne Cash – The Sunken Lands – The River & The Thread – Blue Note Records

Drew & Ellie Holcomb – Bones – Brick by Brick – Magnolia Music

Caamp – Apple Tree Blues – Lavender Days – Mom + Pop


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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