Song Premieres

  • Song Premiere: Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno, "Good and Gone"

    • February 24, 2021
    • Henry Carrigan

    The bright, but oddly mournful, opening guitar notes of Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno’s deeply affecting “Good and Gone” grab us right away and vibrate in our hearts, naming every moment we’ve yearned for lost connections, muddled about in a ragged search for completion, regretted leaving but longingly looked back, or run back home with jubilant ambivalence.

  • Song Premiere: Rosier, "La Poison"

    • January 24, 2021
    • Devon Léger

    If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air from the frozen North, turn to French-Canadian band Rosier, whose new album, Légerement, merges the balladry of old France with fresh new sounds from Montréal’s streets. Made up of the children of prominent folklorists and master traditional artists, Rosier have grown up deep in the Québécois tradition and have internalized the old songs in a way that only an artist who listened to this music in the womb can understand.

  • Song Premiere: Jackson Scribner, "Family Gatherings"

    • December 11, 2020
    • Cindy Howes

    North Texas songwriter, Jackson Scribner has one of those intriguing voices that make you lean in and listen. His voice runs atop a meandering melody (has he been listening to Mary Gauthier?) on his new song “Family Gatherings,” which Folk Alley is happy to debut today.

  • Song Premiere: Michael Doucet, "Covid 19 (Don't Want No)

    • November 08, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Michael Doucet’s ferocious, almost, savage sawing of his fiddle opens this harrowing minor chord mantra about the fear, the claustrophobia, the anxiety, the isolation we’ve all been feeling since the COVID-19 virus spread rapidly around the world.

  • Song Premiere: Robby Hecht, "The Ends and the Means" (Orchestral Version)

    • October 08, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Robby Hecht is releasing a gorgeous and poignant orchestral version of "The Ends and the Means," just when we need it most. Ben Plotnick’s violin and viola and Kaitlyn Raitz’s cello introduce the song with soaring walls of sound that lay the somber foundation for Hecht’s luminous storytelling and searching meditations on human nature and its foibles.

  • Song Premiere: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, "Desert Flowers"

    • September 22, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters’ gorgeous new song, “Desert Flowers,” washes over us in cascading waves of sound that evoke aching loneliness, yearning hope, hungry nostalgia, and pining for life on the road. The exquisite poetry and sonic splendor of the song lingers and resonates in the soul long after the last note fades

  • Song Premiere: Anya Hinkle, "Hills of Swannanoa"

    • August 12, 2020
    • Henry Carrigan

    Anya Hinkle’s “Hills of Swannanoa” captures the beauty and mystery of the area around Asheville, Swannanoa, and Black Mountain, North Carolina, vividly telling a story of an event that shaped the lives of individuals and the community for years. Moving so adeptly between moods of light and dark, she brilliantly captures the ways that beauty often carries within it the seeds of its own destruction, as well as the inarticulate sadness that such destruction brings.

  • Song Premiere: Kronos Quartet & Friends, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

    • July 29, 2020
    • Kim Ruehl

    To pay tribute to Pete Seeger, the Kronos Quartet enlisted the voices of Sam Amidon, Aoife O’Donovan, and others to tell the tale in a sort of relay, with a new voice for every verse. The result feels like the song is posing a question that a community ponders, rather than being the rumination of a single singer. Indeed, in these challenging and often troubling times, many of us find ourselves wondering when we will ever learn.