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.

Adia Victoria “Went For a Ride”

Adia Victoria appears on author and country musician Alice Randall‘s new collab LP, My Black Country. While Alice has penned #1 hits and seen her songs recorded by multiple generations of artists – from Johnny Cash to Trisha Yearwood – none of those artists were ever Black. Until now. The album, out on April 12, includes Rhiannon Giddens, SistaStrings, Allison Russell, Valerie June, Leyla McCalla, and many more incredible musicians. (Read more about the new album My Black Country HERE.)

Dawn Landes – “Hard is the Fortune of All Womankind” 

Dawn Landes’ latest album, The Liberated Woman’s Songbook (out March 29), reimagines music from the women’s liberation movement, with songs featured in The Liberated Woman’s Songbook, originally published in 1971. The 1830 traditional ballad “Hard is the Fortune of All Womankind” was often sung at protests during the Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 60s and early 70s and was recorded by Peggy Seeger in 1954 and Joan Baez in 1961 under an alternate title, “The Wagoner’s Lad.”

Mark Knopfler – “Ahead of the Game” 

Mark Knopfler’s new song “Ahead of the Game” is a wistful, perhaps autobiographical, story about a singer/songwriter struggling to make it, set to a distinctively Knopfleresque classic riff. The track appears on his latest album, One Deep River, out April 12.

Susan Werner – “Halfway to Houston”

Susan Werner’s new Americana breakup tune is the title track from her latest Texas-themed album (coming February 9) and channels the playful humor of Lone Star greats like Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.

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