Typically the great new music slows down as the weather warms up, but that has not been the case so far this year. A great many excellent new folk albums are out this week, and many more have just been announced. Dig these few new tunes and tune into Cindy Howes’ Fresh Cuts show every Friday afternoon at 2pm ET/11am PT and listen to the best new folk music available. (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!)
This title track from Mary Gauthier’s new album perfectly captures the positive vibes emanating from the disc. We know Gauthier can write a sad song with the best of them, but she’s just as remarkable at writing them drenched with hope.
Few can blow a blues harp better than the great Charlie Musselwhite, and he’s back with more of that good harmonica-centered blues music on an album titled Mississippi Son, out today.
On their latest single, Colorado-based Cary Morin and Ghost Dog dig into this RL Burnside cover from his First Recordings collection in the late 1960s. It’s a sweet song from when Burnside was still just a farm hand, and Morin and crew give it a darn good update.
Now a decade into their career, Galway group We Banjo 3 is back with more of their spirited approach to bluegrass and rootsy music. This track from their new album Open the Road (due July 15) is an excellent taste of where they’re headed.
Andrew Bird’s new album, Inside Problems, drops this week and is full of songs about the kinds of thoughts, questions, and worries that come to you in the middle of the night.