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.

Beyoncé – “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM”

In an attempt to break the internet on the night of Superbowl 50, Beyoncé announced her new country album, Renaissance: Act II (out March 29). Two new songs from the pop superstar came along with the announcement, including “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM” featuring the one and only Rhiannon Giddens on claw-hammer banjo.

Aoife O’Donovan – “Daughters” 

Aoife O’Donovan’s new album All My Friends (out March 22) was inspired by the passage of the 19th amendment (granting women the right to vote, in 1920). On her new song “Daughters,” O’Donovan considers women’s multi-generational quest for rights and equality, tying in her own perspective as a modern woman looking to build a future for her own daughter.

Niamh Regan – “Madonna”

Irish musician Niamh Regan announced her new album Come As You Are (out on May 31). Her new song “Madonna” was written in a stream of consciousness and focuses on violence often suffered by women.

Rachel Sumner – “Katie”

Formerly of Twisted Pine, Rachel Sumner is about to release her second solo album, Heartless Things (out May 10). About her new song, Rachel shares: “’Katie’ is the thematic antidote of the album. It’s a love song for roommates or friends – dear ones that fall into despair – with the needed reminder that despite the hard times, there may be ‘fields full of flowers’ just around the bend.”

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