Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

The kids are heading back to school, the days are growing ever-so-slightly shorter, and the new music is pouring out.

This is a big week for new releases and we’re here to celebrate all of them.

Keep reading for some great new songs or tune into the Fresh Cuts Radio Hour with Cindy Howes at 2 p.m. Eastern/ 11 a.m. Pacific this and every Friday. You can also hear the best new folk music on the Folk Alley app and website, 24/7, via the Fresh Cuts stream.

Andrew Combs – “The Ship”

Combs recently told The Boot that this song is “a song about losing a friend to an overdose”—an unfortunately ripe topic of late. It is the lead single from his album, Sundays, which releases today on Tone Tree Music.

I Draw Slow – “Copenhagen Interpretation”

Brother/sister duo Dave and Louise Holden are back with their band I Draw Slow on a new self-titled album, due Sep. 9. This folky tune references the metaphysical view of quantum mechanics to, as the band says, “bring words back down to earth.”

Meskerem Mees – “Best Friend”

The new EP, Caesar (due Nov. 11), from the Belgian singer-songwriter Meskerem Mees sees her revisiting some songs from early in her career alongside songs that are previously unreleased. In this song, she tells the story about her rise to fame.

Watkins Family Hour – “(Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You” (featuring Fiona Apple)

This country classic appeared on Johnny Cash’s 1957 debut album, composed by Ernest Tubb and Dean Martin. Here, the Watkins siblings—Sean and Sara—revisit it with their friend Fiona Apple, from their 20th Anniversary Watkins Family Hour recording.

John Calvin Abney – “Good Luck and High Tide”

This gem from the singer-songwriter is pulled from his John Moreland-produced album, Tourist (out Aug. 5), which sees him singing about his travels during 2020. When the rest of the world was in lockdown, Abney set off wandering.

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