Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

Ready for some of the best new music we’ve heard this week? It’s a great list as you’ll see below — and as you’ll hear when you join me for my ‘Fresh Cuts’ radio hour! Listen every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific via the 24/7 stream on our website, app, or your smart speaker.

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

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Blitzen Trapper – “Planetarium”

The Portland band’s upcoming album 100’s of 1000’s, Millions of Billions (out May 17) includes the sweet folk song “Planetarium,” featuring Eric D. Johnson (Bonny Light Horseman/Fruit Bats) and Anna Tivel. Eric also plays banjo and Anna plays violin. “‘Planetarium’ is a song that for me resonates on so many planes, chronicling my journey through therapy and beyond. It’s a love song at heart about learning to surrender to the flow and impermanence of all things.” – Eric Earley, singer/songwriter, frontman.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “Heartless”

A new album from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats is coming June 28! Produced by Brad Cook, Rateliff shares, “This album is a look into my own struggle with anxiety, insecurity and also stories of my life. [Cook] encouraged me to take responsibility for my own narrative in the songs and to write about what’s happening in my own life.”

Barnstar! – “Anybody Got A Light?” 

The Boston bluegrass supergroup Barnstar! is back with their new album, Furious Kindness. The new record from Jake Armerding, Taylor “Old Train” Armerding, Mark Erelli, Zachariah Hickman and Charlie Rose opens with the banger “Anybody Got A Light?”

New Dangerfield – “Dangerfield Newby”  

Jake Blount, Kaia Kater, Tray Wellington and Nelson Williams make up New Dangerfield who are reigniting the Black string band tradition. Their new song “Dangerfield Newby” takes a string band tune called “Dangerfield” (related to a Bill Monroe bluegrass tune), and reworks it with a propulsive sound. The tune is tied to the band’s namesake, Dangerfield Newby, who was one of the few Black abolitionists who died in John Brown’s raid in the 1800s.

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