Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

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The Dead Tongues, “Body of Light”

Today, the longstanding indie-folk project of North Carolina’s Ryan Gustafson, The Dead Tongues, release their latest album Body of Light / I Am a Cloud. Originally from eastern North Carolina, but now based in Asheville, Gustafson wrote most of the songs during a month at “the Shack,” a primitive and private structure in rural western North Carolina.

The Decemberists, “All I Want is You”

As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again is The Decemberists’ 9th studio album after a 6 year hiatus. The double album, which is out today, was produced by lead-singer Colin Meloy and Tucker Martine.

Seamie O’Dowd, “Song of Wandering Aengus”

Recently released, Seamie O’Dowd’s “Song of Wandering Aengus” is an alternate take from the album I AM OF IRELAND / Yeats in Song. Irish musician Seamie O’Dowd’s song features words written by Irish poet William Butler Yeats and music by Raymond Driver. The collection features 32 musicians, 24 tracks, and one composer, Raymond Driver, on Celtic-inspired settings of Yeats’s poems.

Twisted Pine, “Lonestar”

Bluegrass band Twisted Pine’s latest is an epic single called “Lonestar.” Of the song, lead vocalist and fiddler Kathleen Parks shares: “This tune started ten years ago as a fiddle tune I wrote in the basement of my parents’ house, a time of my transition from Irish fiddler to falling in love with bluegrass, finding my way into that sound, that community. It was also early in the life of the band. We wrote some of it, then put it in the vault for a decade. It reemerged this year with the new band lineup.”


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