Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

A few major new releases were announced this week—chief among them, new music from singer-songwriter Iris DeMent, whose last album, The Trackless Woods, was released in 2015. Dom Flemons announced a new album that includes his interpretation of traditional songs as well as a number of new original songs. Those are just two of the notable releases coming our way late this winter and early this spring.

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Iris DeMent – “Workin’ on a World”

Iris DeMent has not ever been one to rush out new music the moment she wrote it. Her new, long-awaited album (due Feb. 24) was made over six years with producers Richard Bennett, Jim Rooney, and her daughter Pieta Brown. “Workin’ on a World” is its stirring lead single—worth the wait.

Dom Flemons – “Slow Dance with You”

This first single from Dom Flemons’s forthcoming Traveling Wildfire album (due March 24) is representative of how he decided to focus on his own songwriting and what he calls “rebirth in the wake of destruction.”

Eric Bibb – “Family”

This tune from Eric Bibb’s new album, Ridin’ (out March 24), celebrates what we have in common as Bibb sings about how all of us are connected in one human family.

Jaimee Harris – “The Fair and Dark Haired Lad”

Jaimee Harris goes deep into the subject of inter-generational addiction with this song, which she co-wrote with Dirk Powell and Katrine Noel. It’s the latest single from her forthcoming Boomerang Town album, due Feb. 17.

The Gibson Brothers – “One Minute of You (Song for Annie Gray)”

This touching song from the Gibson Brothers’ forthcoming Darkest Hour album (due Jan. 27) was written for Leigh Gibson’s daughter Annie, about how fleeting childhood is and how bittersweet it is for a parent to watch.

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