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.

Rhiannon Giddens – “Yet To Be” (featuring Jason Isbell)

Released today, You’re the One is Rhiannon Giddens’ latest full length and her first to include all original songs. “Yet To Be” features Jason Isbell, the lone featured guest on the record, and tells the story of a Black woman and an Irish man falling in love in America. (Read Henry Carrigan’s review of You’re the One HERE.)

Lost Patterns – “Sorrow Bound

Beth Chrisman (Carper Family, High Plains Jamboree) & Silas Lowe (Atomic Duo) are the duo Lost Patterns, whose debut album is out now. “The years after the pandemic found both of us wanting to tour and record again,” they say, “and we decided to put our efforts into a duo project together, Lost Patterns.” The record is stripped down and contains covers, traditional songs and new compositions, including “Sorrow Bound.”

Tre Burt – “Traffic Fiction” 

We get another new song from Tré Burt’s upcoming album Traffic Fiction (out October 6) AND it’s the title track. According to Tré: “The words ‘Traffic Fiction’ seemed a good way to describe the way media, world leaders and governments exploit our fear of death in order to corroborate us in their own self interests, holding us all hostage on their sinking ship (and in a microcosmic sense how we everyday neighbors do the same to each other) and figured it make for a good song.”

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Like it or Not” 

Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy quietly released his first record in four years, Gently As I Go last week. “Like it or Not” is the mind-blowing, yet gentle, opening track on the all-acoustic (NO DRUMS!) record.

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