Song Premieres

  • 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.

  • Song Premiere: David Benedict, "Bish Bash Bosh"

    • November 04, 2019
    • Folk Alley staff

    It's been a year since Mile Twelve mandolinist, David Benedict released his solo album, The Golden Angle. He's celebrating the anniversary by publishing a transcription book and putting out a previously unreleased track from the album, called “Bish Bash Bosh” featuring Mike Barnett, David Grier, and Missy Raines.

  • Song Premiere: Kerry Hart, "I Know A Gun"

    • June 27, 2019
    • Kelly McCartney

    The topic at hand finds the narrator calling someone out on the carpet for living in either denial or dishonesty about how they are handling their current, seemingly destructive, situation. It's a tale as old as time, made new again by a refreshing voice who will, with any bit of luck, continue to impress to at least the degree she does here.

  • Featured Track: Danny Schmidt, "Just Wait Til They See You"

    • February 21, 2019
    • Kim Ruehl

    Danny Schmidt has always been a gifted songwriter when it comes to marveling over life’s greatest wonders, from friendship and love to the natural world, all of which can be heard across the ten albums he’s released over the past two decades. But he says fatherhood has challenged him to open his heart even further. Listen to "Just Wait Til They See You" from his upcoming album, Standard Deviation, and read an excerpt of his recent conversation with Kim Ruehl.

  • Song Premiere: Lovers Leap, "Walnut Tree"

    • January 24, 2019
    • Linda Fahey

    Listen to the premiere of "Walnut Tree" - the first single from the upcoming self-titled, debut EP by Lovers Leap (Shelby Means, Mary Lucey, Joel Timmons, Billy Cardine) due out April 19.

  • Song Premiere: Maya de Vitry, "Go Tell a Bird"

    • January 03, 2019
    • Kim Ruehl

    Maya de Vitry's “Go Tell a Bird” does everything a folk song is supposed to do—and does it exceptionally well. It is both simple and complex, digestible and impossible, distilling some of the most seemingly complicated, urgent and timeless human debates down to 35 words in fewer than four minutes. Its instrumentation is collaborative and swelling, like the cooperation between a pair of wings and a good hard gust.