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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Jeffrey Foucault, “The Universal Fire” 

Rejoice! A new Jeffrey Foucault album is out September 9 and he’s treated us to the title track: “The Universal Fire.” The album is a kind of working wake – Foucault lost his best friend and drummer, Billy Conway, to cancer in 2021 – as well as a meditation on the nature of beauty, artifact, and loss.

Jensen McRae, “Massachusetts”

Los Angeles based songwriter and musician Jensen McRae recently was signed to Dead Oceans and has released “Massachusetts” in honor of the announcement. Self-described as “one house down from the girl next door,” McRae has been compared to artists like Tracy Chapman or Phoebe Bridgers.

Rebecca Frazier, “High Country Road Trip”

Included on Rebecca Frazier’s upcoming release Boarding Windows in Paradise (out September 13), “High Country Road Trip” reflects on the idea of living in the moment as one ponders life-changing decisions. According to the Colorado-based Bluegrass guitar flatpicker: “This song is meant to capture that moment of joy somewhere in the middle: that elevated feeling of loving the lightness of not knowing what’s around the bend, and not necessarily trying to create a specific outcome.”

Linda Thompson, “Those Damn Roches” (featuring Teddy Thompson)

Out today, Linda Thompson’s latest Proxy Music features a meaningful tribute to all the musical families that are connected through music: The Thompsons, Wainwrights, McGarrigles and The Roches. Speaking about the single, Linda says: “I stand by this statement! Those women are catchy. I do so love all the musical families and this is supposed to be a paean of praise.”


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