Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

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

Paula Cole “The Replacements and Dinosaur Jr.”

Paula Cole pays tribute to her friend and artistic mentor Mark Hutchins on the new song “The Replacements and Dinosaur Jr.” The song is about all the artists that Hutchins helped her appreciate. She shares: “Mark exploded my mind. I literally heard the Beatles first with Mark. Also The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., A Tribe Called Quest, the Pixies, and a lot of gorgeous early-90’s alternative music folks might not associate with me.”

Sierra Ferrell – “Dollar Bill Bar” 

A new Sierra Ferrell album is in our future: Trail of Flowers is out on March 22. The new song “Dollar Bill Bar” is a swinging and wistful cycle of longing, regret, and recklessness, featuring backing vocals from Nikki Lane and Kristen Rogers.

Peter Mulvey – “Dynamite Bill” 

Originally recorded for Letters From A Flying Machine (2009), this acoustic version of “Dynamite Bill” appears on Peter’s new second acoustic retrospective. Peter shares: “There are 18 songs on the CD, stretching as far back as twenty years, and three of them recorded for the first time here. (So, not entirely retrospective, but then again neither am I)… This is the second time I’ve made a recording to fit that bill, the first, of course, being Notes from Elsewhere in 2007.”

Waxahatchee – “Right Back To It” (featuring MJ Lenderman)

According to Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee), “Right Back to It” was written in June 2022, when she was backstage at Virginia’s Wolf Trap opening for Sheryl Crow and Jason Isbell. “I’m really interested in writing love songs that are gritty and unromantic,” she said. “I wanted to make a song about the ebb and flow of a longtime love story. I thought it might feel untraditional but a little more in alignment with my experience to write about feeling insecure or foiled in some way internally, but always finding your way back to a newness or an intimacy with the same person.”

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