Officially in the thick of summer, the new music typically slows down. But not this year. We’re happy to bring you the best in new folk and roots music releases every week, on Cindy Howes’s Fresh Cuts Radio Hour, streamable each Friday afternoon at 2pm ET/11am PT. (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!). Here are some highlights.
This tune, from Blount’s forthcoming The New Faith (due September 23) is an excerpt from a concept album wherein Blount envisions a future for Black refugees of global climate collapse.
Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath and Daughter of Swords’ Alexandra Sauser-Monnig reimagine the traditional folk song that’s been passed down through generations in Appalachia.
On his 35th solo album, the king of Americana delves into the tradition of classic-style country. “I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for steel guitar and a Telecaster,” he says.
The duo says this is a love song of sorts for their hometown in Kentucky. “I never want to leave,” says Linda Jean Stokely.
A new song from this supergroup’s forthcoming album, Rolling Golden Holy, which isn’t due in full until October.