It’s hard to find the time to put my ‘Best of’ list together each year, and this year most of my favorite artists, albums, and songs have been covered already in other Folk Alley host/staff lists, e.g. Allison Russell, Yasmin Williams, Watchhouse, Hayes Carll, Amy Helm, Billy Strings, etc… but here are ten more favorites who are worthy of your attention, that didn’t make any other Folk Alley lists.
To hear songs from this list, other Folk Alley staff/host lists, and our Folk Alley listener poll results, check out our FreshCuts side stream – the Best of 2021 edition.
Joy Oladokun, in defense of my own happiness – feature track, “breathe again”
Rhiannon Giddens w/ Francesco Turrisi, They’re Calling Me Home – feature track, “Niwel Goes to Town”
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raise the Roof – feature track, “It Don’t Bother Me”
Annabelle Chvostek, String of Pearls – feature track, “Belleville Rendez-Vous”
Maria Muldaur w/ Tuba Skinny, Let’s Get Happy Together – feature track, “Let’s Get Happy Together”
David Huckfelt, Room Enough, Time Enough – feature track, “Bury Me Not (The Dying Cowboy)”
Spell Songs, Spell Songs II, Let the Light In – feature track, “Bramble”
Shannon Lay, Geist – feature track, “Rare To Wake”
Margo Cilker, Pohorylle – feature track, “That River”