Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

In case you’re trying to hold off on delving deep into holiday music, we’ve got a balm for your ears: a wide selection of brand new non-holiday-themed folk and roots music.

DJ Cindy Howes is in your speakers every Friday with her Fresh Cuts radio hour, which you can hear on the Folk Alley app or website, or by asking your Alexa to “play Folk Alley.”

Join Cindy for her weekly Fresh Cuts radio hour, every Friday, at 2 p.m. Eastern/ 11 a.m. Pacific. Or, if you can’t make it for the live show, click on the Fresh Cuts stream on the FA app or website anytime that works for you.

Bob Dylan – “Lovesick” (Version 2)

The latest installment in Dylan’s Bootleg Series is coming our way on January 27, featuring outtakes from Time Out of Mind, along with live performances and other gems in the 1997-2001 range. Its first single is this new version of the song “Lovesick.”

Joan Armatrading – “Love and Affection (LIVE)”

Recorded live in London’s Asylum Chapel last year, this song comes from the often underrated, but decidedly legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. She originally recorded it in 1976 for her self-titled debut.

Brittney Spencer – “Better as Friends”

Spencer recently holed up at the Blackbird Studio to record a three-song EP that she said came from “sad girl fall … [and] gleeful nostalgia.” The EP, If I Ever Get There: A Day at Blackbird Studio released last month on Elektra Records.

The Trials of Cato – “Ring of Roses”

This Welsh trio is gearing up for a new album, Gog Magog, due February 2023. They bring their own brand of electrified roots-rock to traditional Celtic and English folk, delivering an album that’s sung in both English and Welsh.

The Gibson Brothers – “Dust”

The Gibson Brothers are back with a new album due in January, produced by Jerry Douglas. The album includes guest appearances by more bluegrass favorites, like Justin Moses, Guthrie Trapp, and Alison Krauss.

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