Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

We may still be in the cold time of year, but new releases are heating up. Not only are there a slew of great albums dropping this week, but there are even more that have just been announced, with new singles ready for your ears.

We’ve got a little taste of all of it, as always, thanks to DJ Cindy Howes and her Fresh Cuts Radio Hour. You can tune into Folk Alley on the website, app, or via your smart speaker at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific, or just click on the Fresh Cuts stream whenever it’s convenient for you.

Ani DiFranco – “The Knowing”

Ani DiFranco has been a prolific songwriter since she released her debut album in 1990, but this is the first song that’s being released from a book she wrote. The Knowing is her first children’s book, based on this song, and is due in stores on March 7.

Sunny War – “New Day”

This song is one of the most emotional songs on Sunny War’s emotive new album, Anarchist Gospel (out Feb. 3 on New West Records). “For me,” she says, “it’s about how whimsical love can feel.”

William Prince – “When You Miss Someone”

From his Dave Cobb-produced album, Stand in the Joy (due April 21), this song sees the Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter emerging from grief, among other things, to savor joy and love.

Mighty Poplar – “Up on the Divide”

This is the first single from new folk supergroup Mighty Poplar, which features Andrew Marlin from Watchhouse, Noam Pikelny and Chris Eldridge from Punch Brothers, Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon, and Alex Hargreaves (who has played with just about everyone). Their self-titled album is due March 31.

Ethan Setiawan – “Uncrossed”

Ethan Setiawan’s new album, Gambit, is due March 31 and sees the beloved mandolinist playing alongside Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, Joe K. Walsh, Mike Marshall, and numerous others.

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