Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

There are so many reasons to look forward to Friday—the weekend, of course. But also, it’s new music day. As ever, we are thrilled to dig into the grab bag of great new albums and singles, to share with you the music that has been filling our speakers this week.

Some of these albums won’t be out for a while, but we can sit with the songs and let them pull us toward spring. Tune into the Fresh Cuts Radio Hour with DJ Cindy Howes this and every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific via the website, app, or your smart speaker.

Or, just click on the Fresh Cuts stream whenever it’s convenient for you.

Joe Henry – “Mission”

Joe Henry’s new album, All the Eye Can See, is a personal, intimate exploration of what we’ve all been through over the last couple of years—socially, politically, and in terms of our individual and collective identity. It’s already getting fawning reviews for Henry’s remarkable songwriting, of which “Mission” is an excellent example.

Hermanos Gutiérrez – “Tres Hermanos” (featuring Dan Auerbach)

Hermanos Gutiérrez have a new album coming our way, but not until October. Still, we can wait with bated breath til then, cruising on the cool vibes of this single featuring the Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach.

Mile Twelve – “Red Grapes on the Vine”

Mile Twelve is back with a new album and two new members. Their new album, Close Enough to Hear, dropped on Feb. 3, and this single is one of its easy highlights.

Cinder Well – “Two Heads, Grey Mare”

Cinder Well (aka Amelia Baker) has been living in California, and though that state’s beaches have inspired so much of her new album, she also brings in echoes of her native Ireland. The result, as we hear on Cadence (due April 21), is some truly stirring music.

Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors – “Fly”

Drew Holcomb wrote this song, from his forthcoming album Strangers No More (due July 7) about his experience watching the years fly by. It’s a song about growing older with grace, and it’s beautifully done.

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