Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

Summer slows us all down for a spell, so this week we’re looking forward to mid-August and beyond. After all, there are stacks of great albums coming at us from just beyond the horizon. Some highlights are below, but you can always hear more if you tune into Cindy Howes for her Fresh Cuts Radio Hour every Friday at 2:00pm (ET)/11:00am (PT).

For more, listen to our full Fresh Cuts channel here, via the Folk Alley mobile app, Alexa-enabled smart speaker, or whenever it suits your fancy.

Amanda Shires – “Empty Cups” featuring Maren Morris

Amanda Shires’s new album, Take It Like a Man, is now available for your ears. The much-buzzed-about disc got her a feature in the New York Times, among other places. Indeed, this duet with her Highwomen bandmate Maren Morris is worth revisiting again and again.

John Fullbright – “Paranoid Heart”

On his first studio album in eight years—The Liar, due September 30—Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright shows us what he’s learned from diving deep into collaboration.

David Myles – “Walk With Me”

This gospel-inspired tune from the JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter from New Brunswick captures a moment when Myles found himself alone in somewhat of a spiritual darkness.

Loudon Wainwright III – “Town & Country”

On this single from Wainwright’s forthcoming Lifetime Achievement album (due August 19), the storied singer-songwriter juxtaposes his experiences in the city with those way out on the eastern tip of Long Island.

Andrew Combs – “Anna Please”

Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Combs was inspired to write this song after watching Ingmar Bergman’s film Cries and Whispers.

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