As summer heats up, so too do the new music releases. Though some of these albums don’t drop til well into autumn, perhaps their offerings can help us cool down a little now. (Lord knows we need it!) So scroll down for a few highlights and tune into Cindy Howes’s 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 any time it suits you!)
The folk super-trio Bonny Light Horseman (Anais Mitchell, Josh Kaufman, and Eric D. Johnson) is back with an album due in October. To tease its goodness, they’ve released this early tune from Rolling Golden Holy.
This song pulls together the mountains of Rowan’s bluegrass roots with the concept of mountains from his Buddhist practice. Inspired by Tibetan music, Rowan called in collaborators Molly Tuttle and Lindsay Lou for a tune that will delight and inspire.
Leon Timbo grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, leaning into music as a way to convey spiritual experience, which is perhaps why even his love songs are full of spirit and heart. Here, he explores “feelings deep enough to swim in,” and how even that is never too much.
Titled for a street their beloved, eclectic Milwaukee, Wisconsin, neighborhood, “Brady Street” sees the singer-songwriter duo in a sort of coming-of-age moment. The song ruminates on meaning in a new way for the duo and felt so representative for them, they named their new album (out Aug. 12) after it.
Courtney Marie Andrews’s new album, Loose Future, isn’t out till October, but this lovely tune can hold us over. She tends to write slightly more tortured love songs than this one, but here she’s taking love head-on, noting, “This kind of love isn’t earthbound.”