Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

There is so much great new music dropping this week, we could have highlighted a Top 20. But we kept it to just six—and boy are they six good tracks. If you like the sounds of these, tune into Cindy Howes on her Fresh Cuts Radio Hour every Friday afternoon at 2pm ET/11am PT. (Or just click on the Fresh Cuts playlist here our website or on the Folk Alley app, and enjoy the best new music anytime that suits you!)

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings – “I Just Came Home for the Memories”

It’s always a treat to hear a new track from Gillian and Dave, and this one comes from a John Anderson tribute album that’s due in August. In addition to this illustrious duo, the album will feature tracks from Sierra Farrell, Sturgill Simpson, Del McCoury, and more.

Grant-Lee Phillips – “A Sudden Place”

A great new tune from Grant-Lee Phillips’s eleventh solo album, All That You Can Dream, which releases today. Here, Phillips ruminates on how quickly everything can change—for better or worse.

Joy Oladokun – “Purple Haze”

Joy Oladokun’s latest tune was inspired by the California wildfires. While visiting the state and seeing the discolored sky, Oladokun got to thinking it felt like the end was near, yet there is so much to still be grateful for and enjoy. “Purple Haze” grew from holding all of that at once.

Heather Maloney – One Hundred Pennies

Heather Maloney’s latest album, No Shortcuts: Live at the Academy, is due for release on June 3. This tune is about a memory of her mother giving her one hundred pennies to buy her lunch at school, and how mortified she was to receive a lecture from the lunch lady about it.

Mr. Sun – “The Fiddler of Dooney”

It’s been some time since we’ve been served up some goodness from this somewhat all-star group: Darol Anger, Joe K. Walsh, Grant Gordy, and Aidan O’Donnell. Here they are doing what they do best: just ripping.

Heidi Talbot – “There You Are” (Featuring Mark Knopfler)

Heidi Talbot’s new album, Sing it for a Lifetime which releases today, features guests like Dirk Powell, Guy Fletcher, and Adam Holmes. On this tune with Mark Knopfler, she ruminates on the loss of love and the search for something new.

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