Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

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Bonny Light Horseman – “I Know You Know”

Folk trio Bonny Light Horseman returns with a double LP, Keep Me On Your Mind/See You Free (out June 7). The band released their first single, “I Know You Know,” from the record, which was recorded at the century-old pub Levis (pronounced: “leh-viss”) Corner House in Ballydehob, Ireland.

Ann Savoy – “Cajun Love Song”

Out today, Ann Savoy’s new album Another Heart features the track “Cajun Love Song.” This song was written for her husband, the iconic Cajun musician Marc Savoy, and backed by a full band including her son Joel on electric lead guitar. “Cajun Love Song” is a rocking love ballad that puts Ann’s diverse musical influences on full display.

Kyshona – “Carolina” (featuring Keb’ Mo’)

Inspired by Kyshona’s ancestral history, Legacy (out April 26) chronicles Kyshona’s journey researching and writing about her family and their stories. Kyshona calls “Carolina” (co-written with Brittney Spencer), a love song – and a breakup letter – to her home state. “My relationship with South Carolina is a complicated one,” she says. “It was a hard place to grow up, but a beautiful place full of a cultural richness and family history to return to and visit…Sometimes you need a little distance to understand the value of the place that raised you.”

T Bone Burnett – “Sometimes I Wonder” (featuring Weyes Blood) 

T Bone Burnett’s first solo album in nearly 20 years features the song “Sometimes I Wonder.” Set in a graveyard, Burnett guides listeners through a soft and haunting meditation on life’s biggest questions with the help of distinctive counter melodies from Weyes Blood. Burnett holds a special place in his heart for the song, describing it as “going back to the very first music I loved and learned to play. When I started this record, I was calling it Fort Worth because I just wanted to go back to my first love of music, when I was innocent, before I had become so cynical. When I had less optimism than I have now, but I had more optimism than I had my whole working life.”

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