Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

Ready for some of the best new music we’ve heard this week? It’s a great list as you’ll see below — and as you’ll hear when you join me for my “Fresh Cuts” radio hour! Listen every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific via the 24/7 stream on our website, app, or your smart speaker.

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In the meantime, check out some of the best new music we’ve been listening to this week.

Jobi Riccio – “Whiplash” 

I first came across Jobi Riccio in Boston’s folk scene while she was attending Berklee College of Music. Now Nashville-based, the Colorado-born 24-year-old is releasing her debut Whiplash on September 8. She shares: “When I was writing these songs, I kept coming back to this image of someone slamming on the breaks in a car crash and this idea of emotional whiplash. That rush of stress and adrenaline felt similar to what I was experiencing as I emotionally processed my adolescence—almost as if I was being jerked around by one big life change after another.”

Yusuf/Cat Stevens – “All Nights, All Days”  

How does Cat Stevens‘ voice still sound as crisp as it did on Tea for the Tillerman? He rocks on this new song, which appears on his upcoming record King of a Land (out June 16).

Raye Zaragoza – “Joy Revolution” (featuring MILCK)

Find me another young songwriter who’s got a more powerful and positive message than Raye Zaragoza. Her inspiring outlook, channeled by her ancestors, honors her indigenous heritage on this beautiful uplifting song, which will be on her upcoming record, Hold That Spirit (out August 11).

Jacob Sharp – “Other Side” (featuring Aoife O’Donovan)

Mipso’s Jacob Sharp‘s solo debut single showcases his sweet and sultry folk-pop sound with “Other Side.” Heightened by Aoife O’Donovan‘s guest vocals, it leaves one intrigued for future releases.

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