Folk Alley’s Favorite Songs of 2019

This year I added well over 500 new songs to Folk Alley’s library, and we’ve boiled that list down to 50 Favorite Songs of 2019! Listen to these highlights of the year in our special Best of 2019 Fresh Cuts side stream and Spotify playlist below.



Abigail Lapell, “Down By the Water” (Getaway, Coax Records)

Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves, “Beaufort County Jail” (Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves, Free Dirt)

Amythyst Kiah, “Black Myself” (Songs of Our Native Daughters, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)

Ana Egge, “Rise Above” (Is It the Kiss, StorySound Records)

Anna Tivel, “Fenceline” (The Question, Fluff & Gravy Records)

Bill Jones, “Humphrey Kynaston” (Wonderful Fairytale, Brick Wall Music)

Billy Strings, “Taking Water” (Home, Rounder Records)

Bruce Cockburn, “Blind Willie” (Crowing Ignites, True North Records)

Calexico and Iron & Wine, “Midnight Sun” (Years to Burn, Sub Pop)

Caroline Spence, “Mint Condition” (Mint Condition Rounder Records)

Che Apalache, “The Dreamer” (Rearrange My Heart, Free Dirt)

Dead Horses, “Family Tapes” ([single], Dead Horses)

Dori Freeman, “Like I Do” (Every Single Star, Blue Hens Music)

Eilen Jewell, “Beat the Drum” (Gypsy, Signature Sounds)

Hayes Carll, “What It Is” (What It Is, Dualtone Music Group)

Hiss Golden Messenger, “I Need A Teacher” (Terms of Surrender, Merge Records)

Humbird, “Pharmakon” (Pharmakon, Green Thumb)

Jade Bird, “Lottery” (Jade Bird, Glassnote)

Jamestown Revival, “Crazy World (Judgement Day)” (San Isabel, Jamestown Revival)

Joan Shelley, “Coming Down For You” (Like the River Loves the Sea, No Quarter Records)

John Smith, “Lowlands of Holland” (Hummingbird, Commoner Records)

Jon Stickley Trio “Animate Object” ([single], Organic Records)

Josh Ritter, “All Some Kind of Dream” (Fever Breaks, Pytheas Recordings)

JS Ondara, “Saying Goodbye” (American Dream, Verve Forecast)

Keb’ Mo’, “This Is My Home” (Oklahoma, Concord Music Group)

Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert, “Stable” (When the Sun Goes Down, Dead Reckoning Records)

Leyla McCalla, “The Capitalist Blues” (The Capitalist Blues, Pias America)

Lillie Mae, “Crisp and Cold” (Other Girls, Third Man Records)

Lula Wiles, “Shaking As It Turns” (What Will We Do, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)

Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon (feat. Amy Helm), “Like A Songbird That Has Fallen” (Solstice,New West Records)

Mandolin Orange, “The Wolves” (Tides of a Teardrop, Yep Roc)

Mary Bragg, “The Right Track” (Violets As Camouflage, Mary Bragg)

Mavis Staples, “Change” (We Get By, Anti/Epitaph)

Maya de Vitry, “Go Tell a Bird” (Adaptations, Mad Maker Studio)

Molly Tuttle, “Take the Journey” (When You’re Ready, Compass Records)

Rhiannon Giddens w/ Francesco Turrisi, “Little Margaret” (There Is No Other, Nonesuch)

Rising Appalachia (feat. Ani DiFranco), “Speak Out” (Leylines, Rising Appalachia)

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley (feat. Taj Mahal), “World Full of Blues” (World Full of Blues, Compass Records)

Rodrigo y Gabriela, “Cumbé” (Mettavolution, ATO)

Steve Earle & The Dukes, “Old Friends” (Guy, New West)

Sunny War, “Where the Lost Get Found” (Shell Of A Girl, Hen House Studios)

Tanya Tucker, “Bring My Flowers Now” (While I’m Livin’, Fantasy/Concord Music Group)

The East Pointers, “Wintergreen” (Yours To Break, The East Pointers)

The Infamous Stringdusters, “Rise Sun” (Rise Sun, Tape Time Records)

The Milk Carton Kids, “The Only Ones” (The Only Ones, Milk Carton Records)

The Small Glories, “Oh My Love” (Assiniboine and the Red, Red House Records/Compass)

Them Coulee Boys, “Find Your Muse” (Die Happy, LoHi Records)

Tinariwen (feat. Cass McCombs), “Kel Tinawen” (Amadjar, Anti/Epitaph)

Todd Snider, “Talking Reality Television Blues” (Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3, Aimless Records/Thirty Tigers)

Yola, “Faraway Look” (Walk Through Fire, Easy Eye Sounds)


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