Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

Every Friday, there is new music released into the world. And every Friday, we are here to share with you some of that sweet new music. This week, we’re thrilled as ever to share a new song from the late master, John Prine, among other things. If you’re looking for more, tune into Cindy Howes’s weekly Fresh Cuts Radio Hour every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern/ 11 a.m. Pacific.

Or, for more new music whenever you want to hear it, listen to our full Fresh Cuts channel here, via the Folk Alley mobile app, Alexa-enabled smart speaker, or whenever it suits your fancy.

John Prine – “1959”

Before his unfortunate death from COVID-19, John Prine went into a studio in Nashville to record this tribute to singer-songwriter John Anderson, for a new compilation (Something Borrowed, Something New) produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson.

Amythyst Kiah – “Hitchin’ a Ride”

Speaking of cover songs, here’s Amythyst Kiah’s version of the classic Green Day song about someone grappling with addiction. Folks can hear it on her Pensive Pop EP, out today.

Watchhouse – “Belly of the Beast”

Watchhouse—formerly known as Mandolin Orange—has a new release out today, which is an all-acoustic version of their 2021 self-titled recording.

Lauren Balthrop – “What of the Days”

Lauren Balthrop has toured with everyone from Bob Weir to Sara Bareilles, and now she’s back with her second solo album, featuring this new single.

Shemekia Copeland – “Gullah Geechee”

Copeland’s new album, Done Come Too Far, is due next Friday, August 19, on Alligator Records. She recorded it in Nashville with Will Kimbrough in the producer’s chair and included a song about the Gullah people of the coastal Carolinas. (Video not available today; join Cindy Howes at 2pm E.T./11am P.T. for her Fresh Cuts Radio Hour on Folk Alley to hear the song!)

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