I’m excited to announce today that I’ve accepted a new position as the first ever Editor of FolkAlley.com.
This is a unique opportunity to expand on an editorial operation that was set in motion in 2003 but has never had a dedicated editor.
Of course, the main function of Folk Alley is to deliver you no-nonsense 24/7 streams of the best folk, roots, and Americana music curated by some of the smartest, most knowledgeable folk music programmers on the planet. The FA website is here to deepen your connection with the music, to tell stories and share news about the artists you’ve come to love.
As Editor of FolkAlley.com, my focus will be on telling stories about the music the DJs are playing. Every feature you’ll find here will be inspired first and foremost by their passion for the music. Sometimes, these stories will point you to streams they have created for a special occasion. Other times, we’ll be making connections between the long line of classic folk music and the best artists making it today—all the ways they’re evolving and innovating the form.
But, most importantly, I never want to tell you a story on FolkAlley.com without dropping you off at a place where you can go right back to the music you just read about—and listen to your ears’ content.
I’ll be working with long-time FA writers as well as recruiting new voices. I value the opportunity to diversify the pool of tastemakers making waves in this field. By adding more young people, LGBTQ+ writers, and people of color to our roster of freelancers, we can expand the kinds of stories we tell, highlight a broader field of folk artists from around the world, and come to appreciate the depth, breadth, and diversity that thrives in folk music like nowhere else.
I’ve been working in folk music for 28 years. First as a performer, then as a music journalist. I’ve written criticism, columns, blogs, profiles, and long features. I’ve written for numerous magazines and websites. For nine years, I was an editor at No Depression—I started as News Editor then worked my way to Editor-in-Chief. After FreshGrass took over at ND in 2014, I helped bring the beloved roots music magazine back to print and produced nine quarterly, high-end, ad-free issues before handing the reins to the wonderful Hilary Saunders.
In 2017, I left No Depression to focus my creative energy on a book project. The fruits of that focus, A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School, was released via University of Texas Press in 2021. (NPR included it on their list of best books that year.)
To boot, I’ve been contributing as a freelancer to FA’s editorial space for about 17 years—most recently with my podcast, Why We Write. I have so much love for the people who work behind the scenes here at this women-led organization, as well as the artists FA has championed through the years. Since FA joined the FreshGrass family in 2019, I’m excited to once again be under the same umbrella with my friends at No Depression, the FreshGrass Foundation, and the FreshGrass Festival.
And I can’t wait to get started.