Folk Performances Live On YouTube

YouTube is a wonderful thing. Type almost anything in the search box and three hours later you’re watching something completely different and you wonder where your day went. Folk Alley General Manager Al Bartholet has been searching for folk artists and he’s found some gems. Soon, we’ll have a little archive set up. In the meantime, feel free links to your favorite vids (no skiing squirrels, please!) below. Here’s what Al had to say:

“Fans and artists all pursue songs that they have fallen in love with – songs that you never get tired of hearing 25 years later. Angel from Montgomery shows up in the strangest places, like in the movie Courage Under Fire with Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington (Ryan sings the song under duress in a combat situation in the first Iraqi war). The song continues to be passed down from generation to generation. We start off with John Prine the writer, who gives some insight into the song and then performs it as he appears to be standing in a river. And then, of course, Bonnie Raitt who popularized the song in the ’70s and on to Susan Tedeschi.”

John Prine sings:


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