Song Premieres

  • Song Premiere: Christian Sedelmyer, "Deacon Waltz" (feat. Jerry Douglas)

    • May 05, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    Here, Sedelmyer and dobro master Jerry Douglas, with whom he regularly plays, take turns teasing out both the heartache and hope with support from Andrew Marlin on mandolin, Eli West on guitar and banjo, and Clint Mullican on double bass. In addition to Ravine Palace, this group of musicians, minus Douglas, gathered together for Marlin's solo album back in 2018 and again, only recently, for West's next release. Their comfort with and confidence in each other allows space within this song, and the rest of the album, for the music to work its magic.

  • Song Premiere: The Lowest Pair, "Shot Down the Sky"

    • April 10, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    “It's about the sky falling. The idea of wanting — or what you think you want in a moment — going for it, and then exploring the fascinating aftermath,” Winter explains, adding. “And it’s about letting go of expectations, acceptance. But really the imagery of being on the ground with the moon and stars all around is what drove my lyrics. The literal idea of the sky falling, but like out of a kid's picture where the land ends an inch up from the bottom of the page and the sky is just that top trim of the paper. And all the little balls and suns come tumbling down."

  • Song Premiere: Liz Longley, "Torture"

    • April 06, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    "This is a song about being so in love with someone that it’s torture to be apart,” Longley explains. “It’s taken on a whole new meaning in this time of quarantining, when some are forced to be separated from the one they love.”

  • Song Premiere: Jon Stickley Trio, "Scripting the Flip"

    • March 31, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    "Sometimes when we are in bluegrass jams, the rhythms will accidentally get switched around and the song suddenly sounds very strange and backwards. I’ve always loved those moments and wanted them to last as long as possible. This song was written a little backwards on purpose and it made me think about the general mindset of the Trio. We embrace mistakes and like to go out on a limb and experiment with things. When we do, we try to do it with grace and the utmost respect for the art form."

  • Song Premiere: Lara Downes with Howard Fishman, "All Night, All Day"

    • March 30, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Downes says, “I sure am feeling this song right now, as we go to bed each night with so much uncertainty about what the next day will bring. If ever we've needed angels to watch over us, it's now. And we have to BE each other's angels, watching over each other and keeping each other safe. We have the power to guard and protect each other, and get through this crisis. This song goes out to our community with so much love. Stay safe, stay well, stay strong...”

  • Song Premiere: Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn, "Four Seasons"

    • March 24, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei have toured together in the US before, delivering a slightly spacy, bizarre blend of American and Chinese folk sounds. Now, as they embark on the release of their first collaborative album, titled simply Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn, they bring listeners music that demonstrates how closely tied are the deep traditions of American folk (seeded in this case, mostly, by English, Irish, and Scottish traditions) and the ancient folk songs of China.

  • Song Premiere: Justin Moses, "Fall Like Rain"

    • March 17, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    As Moses recalls about the song, “I started gathering material for this record several years back. "Fall Like Rain" came to me from my good friend, Keith Garrett. He had thought it might suit my voice with the melody having that high note in it. After giving it a try, I was sold. Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan, Barry Bales, Bryan Sutton and Cody Kilby all brought great energy in the studio. I love the back and forth on the guitars from Bryan and Cody - I wanted to pay tribute to Eric Clapton's original version but put a new twist here and there as well.”

  • Song Premiere: John Doyle, "The Rambler from Clare"

    • March 09, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    The enchanting “The Rambler from Clare” promises that The Path of Stones - Doyle's third solo album due out May 1 on Compass Records - will deliver lively and delightful Irish music from one of its very best composers and players.

  • Song Premiere: SeekHer7, "Come Back Home"

    • March 01, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    SeekHer7, the new duo comprised of Natalia Zukerman and Lisa Ferraro, have been friends for years, and the two singer/songwriters recently decided to join forces for a higher cause and a greater impact with an eye toward carving out a space where music, movement, and meditation can safely collide with community, collaboration, and consciousness.