Album Review: Maya de Vitry, ‘The Only Moment’
Folk Alley
by Henry Carrigan
2d ago
On The Only Moment, her fourth full-length album, Maya de Vitry’s voice illumines the depths of human yearnings, the often restless search for emotional equilibrium, and the gentle flourishing of the human spirit that grows out of introspection. Lush guitar arrangements, accompanied by ringing keyboards that accompany the spiraling vocals of de Vitry and Phoebe Hunt—who co-wrote the song—reverberate through the poignant “Nothing Else Matters.” De Vitry brilliantly alternates the lyrics of the refrain—”I’m living/Nothing else matters” becomes “I’m singing/Nothing else matters” and then turns to ..read more
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A Tribute to Nora and Woody Guthrie: Congratulations and Happy Birthday!
Folk Alley
by Henry Carrigan
3d ago
*Right now, streaming on Folk Alley’s Classic Folk Channel, a special Woody Guthrie Tribute playlist in celebration of his July 14th birthday. 6 hours of music curated by Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, including numerous covers featuring Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Cole Quest and The City Pickers, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Mammals, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Odetta, Ry Cooder, Joel Rafael, Tom Morello, Dropkick Murphys, Jimmy LaFave and, of course, plenty performed by the man himself. LISTEN HERE. On Father’s Day this year, Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s daughter, announced she was “goin ..read more
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Folk Alley Radio Show #240711
Folk Alley
by Linda Fahey
5d ago
This week on Folk Alley we’re celebrating the Father of American Folk Music, Woody Guthrie, and the many projects his daughter Nora Guthrie spearheaded over the decades to share unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics with a wider audience. Hear from Billy Bragg & Wilco, Wenzel, The Klezmatics, Jonatha Brooks, Jackson Browne, and The Dropkick Murphys; plus, a belated happy birthday to Arlo Guthrie. In hour two, it’s more classics by Woody Guthrie from favorite folk and roots artists including, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Bob Dylan, Ani DiFranco, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, and Jimmy LaFave; a couple from Woo ..read more
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Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday
Folk Alley
by Cindy Howes
6d ago
Ready for some of the best new music we’ve heard this week? It’s a great list as you’ll see below — and as you’ll hear when you join me for my ‘Fresh Cuts’ radio hour! Listen every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific via the 24/7 stream on our website, app, or your smart speaker. Or, just click on the Fresh Cuts stream whenever it’s convenient for you. In the meantime, check out some of the best new music we’ve been listening to this week. —– Folk Alley is able to produce and offer this weekly new music hour thanks to support from our members. If you enjoy the Fresh Cuts hour please ..read more
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Album Review: Tray Wellington, ‘Detour to the Moon’
Folk Alley
by Devon Léger
1w ago
With the ascension of superstar picker Billy Strings to arena shows, bluegrass is having a bit of a moment nationally. And, at least in Billy’s case, it’s been doing that without compromising the identity of a genre-bending acoustic tradition bent on virtuosic dexterity and bold creative visions. Well, the new album from North Carolina banjo player Tray Wellington certainly fits this identity. Detour to the Moon opens with two back-to-back spaced out banjo instrumental jams, “Moon in Motion 1” and the strangely named “Blue Collared Dog and His Green Eyed Friend.” It’s clear that Wellington’s c ..read more
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Album Review: Jake Xerxes Fussell, ‘When I’m Called’
Folk Alley
by Devon Léger
1w ago
It’s hard to get better credentials in the folk music world than having two folklorist parents who raised you deep in the Southern traditions of American music. This is the case with indie roots singer Jake Xerxes Fussell, now on tour around the US. With an upbringing in folk music, he’s always been able to pull out lovely, subtle versions of obscure folk songs, but with his new album, When I’m Called (out July 12 on Fat Possum Records), he’s paying homage also to the field recordings of his late mentor, Art Rosenbaum. A Georgia art professor (Fussell grew up in Georgia, too), Rosenbaum’s not ..read more
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Happy Birthday, Mavis Staples!
Folk Alley
by Henry Carrigan
1w ago
Whether it’s on spirituality-based pop songs like “Respect Yourself” or on politically and socially charged “message” songs like “When Will We Be Paid?,” Mavis Staples’ soaring vocals transport listeners, convincing them that they have the power within themselves to bring change either to themselves or to the world. Born in Chicago on July 10, 1939, Staples got her start as a member of the family band The Staple Singers, led by the crunchy guitar playing of her father Roebuck “Pops” Staples and featuring the voices of her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Pervis. Through the late ‘50s, the Staple ..read more
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Folk Alley Radio Show #240704
Folk Alley
by Linda Fahey
1w ago
This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See to celebrate folk/r&b/gospel icon, Mavis Staples in honor of her 85th birthday (7/10); plus, hear new music from Valerie June featuring Carla Thomas and the Stax Music Academy, Joachim Cooder, Jim Lauderdale, Rebecca Frazier, and Bonny Light Horseman; a classic from Paul Brady and Andy Irvine; and more. In hour two, it’s more new music from AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Jensen McRae, Melissa Carper, and Steve Earle; a special previously unreleased version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” by the late Justin Townes Earle; an advanced single from the forthcoming ..read more
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Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday
Folk Alley
by Cindy Howes
1w ago
Ready for some of the best new music we’ve heard this week? It’s a great list as you’ll see below — and as you’ll hear when you join me for my ‘Fresh Cuts’ radio hour! Listen every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific via the 24/7 stream on our website, app, or your smart speaker. Or, just click on the Fresh Cuts stream whenever it’s convenient for you. In the meantime, check out some of the best new music we’ve been listening to this week. —– Folk Alley is able to produce and offer this weekly new music hour thanks to support from our members. If you enjoy the Fresh Cuts hour please ..read more
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Basic Folk podcast, eps. 268 – Chris Smither and Peter Mulvey
Folk Alley
by Cindy Howes
1w ago
Chris Smither has been Peter Mulvey‘s mentor since back in 1993, when the young Mulvey opened for the already seasoned Smither. The blues and folk legend liked what he heard and enjoyed the similarities in creativity and quirks and he took that young man on the road with him. Their musical partnership has crossed paths and outlasted the digital age, the pandemic, parenthood, and the indictment of a former president. Along the way, each has worked to push their best habits and life lessons on the other and as far as mentor-mentee relationships go, this one is for the history books. In this rare ..read more
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