New Music for October
It’s been a long time since we compiled a list of CDs that have been recently added to the Folk Alley playlist. And, since autumn is generally one of the busiest times of the year as far as new releases go, there’s a lot to talk about!
The Weepies are finally out with a new CD. It’s not that Deb Talen and Steve Tannen were slacking – the married pair spent their time away from touring welcoming a new baby. And, they made some spending money adding songs to commercials last Christmas for JC Penney and Old Navy. We’re happy to have them back in the stream with Be My Thrill.
Jim Blum’s pick of the month is the self-titled EP by Jill Andrews. Folk Alley first met Andrews when we produced an installment of Sessions with her old band, The Everybodyfields. Her voice has only gotten stronger since she’s struck out on her own – with a sound that Jim calls a perfect blend of Americana, folk and country with a little mystery thrown in.
We’re always excited when the new Jack Williams CDs arrive (his latest is The High Road Home). Jack is the consummate storyteller – combining humor and poignency to really place listeners in the world his songs create. He is certainly a songwriter that deserves wider recognition. We’re happy to oblige!
Although many people know Chris Hillman as a member of The Byrds, he has had a long musical life since that band dissolved. He’s been involved with recording projects including bluegrass picker Herb Pedersen (the two met in 1963) since the ’70s. The collaboration is a musical demonstration of the folk roots of ’60s rock. Their new live album is At Edwards Barn.
The rest of the giant pile (for now):