Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

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Adeem the Artist – “Socialite Blues”

“Socialite Blues” is a fun new romp on Adeem the Artist’s new album, Anniversary (out today). “So many blues songs act as lamentations,” says Adeem, who ended up writing “Socialite Blues” as an ode to their partner Hannah. “I thought it could be fun to give language to Hannie’s need to go out less now that life demands so much extroversion of us.”

Flo Perlin – “Mother Tongue”

Flo Perlin, a singer-songwriter from London, UK, with Jewish, Iraqi, and Belarusian heritage, has a new album Clay coming out on June 6. Of the new song “Mother Tongue,” Flo shares: “I always wondered why my ancestors’ native language didn’t pass down through generations. But even when language isn’t passed down, other things are passed down. In my case, I inherited a way of expressing myself through music. ‘Mother Tongue’ touches on my feelings of belonging and how we can inherit the traits of our ancestors even if we don’t speak their language.”

Johnny Cash – “Well Alright” 

In 1993, Johnny Cash recorded an album of demos at a studio owned by his son-in-law and daughter Rosey. This was right before Johnny began his career-revitalizing partnership with Rick Rubin which caused those recordings to be shelved. Some thirty years later, John Carter Cash rediscovered the songs and stripped them back to just Johnny’s powerful, pristine vocals and acoustic guitar and worked with trusted musicians to breathe new life into the tracks resulting in the upcoming album Songwriter (out June 28).

Noriana Kennedy – “May Morning Dew”  

Noriana Kennedy, celebrated folk artist and founding member of The Whileaways, released her song “May Morning Dew.” This soulful rendition of the traditional song also features Donogh Hennessy (Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon, Lumiere) on guitar and Fergal Scahill (We Banjo 3) on fiddle and mandolin. It’s the lead single from Kennedy’s forthcoming E.P due for release later this summer.

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