Song Premieres

  • 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.

  • Song Premiere: Robby Hecht, "Ferris Wheel"

    • February 27, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    Singer/songwriter Robby Hecht made public his bipolar II disorder a few years back and continues to unfurl his process through his songs. Part of that has come through his re-engaging old compositions in new lights in the Me and the Fool I've Been series of two-song sets he's released over the past year. On Set 5, the latest and final installment, Hecht's much-loved “Ferris Wheel” gets another look.

  • Song Premiere: Maya de Vitry, "Better and Better"

    • February 13, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    “This song was the doorway to this collection of songs and the doorway to a new kind of self-knowledge, self-reliance, and self-acceptance,” de Vitry explains. “Sometimes our pain exists in visible, external, physical ways, like when we fall and a bone breaks. But sometimes our brokenness is internal and invisible, and we may lack the words or ability or even awareness to communicate our condition, our needs, our pain. Sometimes there are parts of us that need to be healed but could never be put in a cast. We need to find other ways to give these parts of ourselves rest and recovery, before putting weight on them again.”

  • Song Premiere: Sarah Harmer, "St. Peter's Bay"

    • January 13, 2020
    • Kelly McCartney

    The set opens with the easy-going folk-rock of “St. Peter's Bay” and its caring, bittersweet look back on a love now lost. Here, Harmer acknowledges what worked and didn't, with gratitude for what it was, rather than anger for what it wasn't. (No regrets, Coyote, you might say.) And she does it all in quintessential Canadian fashion... replete with hockey references.

  • Song Premiere: Jon Stickley Trio, "Bluegrass in the Backwoods"

    • December 11, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    For “Bluegrass in the Backwoods,” Stickley and company turned a classic fiddle tune by Kenny Baker into a world of its own and letting Lyndsay Pruett soar on through it. The flavors of European Gypsy Jazz are right up front, as her fingers fly over Hunter Deacon's solid drum groove — yet another departure from your standard bluegrass fare.