Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

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Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore – “Southwest Chief”

Another new song from Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale’s upcoming album TexiCali (out June 21) is “Southwest Chief.” Alvin began writing the track years ago with New England songwriter Bill Morrissey, and completed it after Morrissey’s passing: “Remembering my friend, Bill Morrissey / we were gonna write a song but that never came to be,” sings Alvin tenderly, backed by Gilmore on harmonica.

Alisa Amador – “Heartless Author” (featuring Madison Cunningham)

Boston-based bilingual singer-songwriter Alisa Amador’s debut album Multitudes will be out June 7. Co-written with Amador’s twin brother Zia, this track makes peace with the unknown in an effort to be kinder to the face in the mirror. “I love this song,” says Amador. “I love it because it acknowledges all of the uncertainties and pain of life, and it shines compassion on all of it.”

Mark Erelli – “Northern Star” 

Mark Erelli’s self-titled debut was recently reissued with a beautiful new recording of his song “Northern Star” featuring strings arranged by Zachariah Hickman. From Mark: “My self-titled 1999 Signature Sounds debut has not been available on streaming services for well over a decade. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the album is once again available for streaming everywhere you get your music, along with a bonus track: a newly-recorded version of ‘Northern Star’ with a string quintet.”

Cedric Burnside – “Shake Em On Down”  

Grammy Award-winning Cedric Burnside, a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Recipient, is back with his new record Hill Country Love (out now). “Recorded in an old building in Ripley, Mississippi” – that’s all the info we get, and all that we need.

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