• Folk Alley Sessions: Dead Horses

    • April 05, 2019

    From breakups to childhood memories, romantic entanglements and friends in trouble, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin duo Dead Horses (Sarah Vos and Daniel Wolff) tackle anything and everything that comes their way. Recently, they let us in to see how they think about music and musicianship and shared a song from their 2018 release, My Mother the Moon, as well as a couple of new songs from 2019 during an exclusive in-studio session at Beehive Productions Studios in Saranac Lake, NY.

  • Folk Alley Sessions: Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert

    • March 21, 2019

    Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert invited us to their cozy lake-side cabin in the Adirondacks of New York for an intimate Folk Alley Session. Here they perform songs from their 2019 release, When the Sun Goes Down.

  • Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Mary Bragg

    • March 13, 2019

    Nashville-based songwriter, Mary Bragg joined Folk Alley for a conversation and performance of songs from her album Violets as Camouflage in our pop-up beach house studio at the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida.

  • Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Steve Poltz

    • March 08, 2019

    Steve Poltz shared the stories behind some of the songs on his newest recording, Shine On, during an exclusive session we recorded at the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida.

  • Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Amythyst Kiah

    • February 26, 2019

    In 2013, Amythyst Kiah released her first full length studio album, Dig, and in 2018 she joined forces with Allison Russell, Rhiannon Giddens, and Leyla McCalla as part of a collaboration called Our Native Daughters. They’ve since released an album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Songs of Our Native Daughters. Later in 2019, Kiah releases another new solo album, Weary and Strange, and she shared some of her extraordinary history with us at this year’s 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida.

  • Folk Alley Sessions: Maya de Vitry

    • February 06, 2019

    Former Stray Birds frontwoman, Maya de Vitry joined us in the studio to share some eye-opening thoughts about what it really took to put together her debut solo album, Adaptations, during a recent session in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Folk Alley Sessions: Lula Wiles

    • January 25, 2019

    Lula Wiles (Mali Obomsawin, Ellie Buckland, and Isa Burke) were friends for years in their native Maine before coming together, officially, in 2016 in Boston. The trio believes that music has the power to bring out the humanity in all of us. They gathered together at the Upper Jay Arts Center’s Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay, New York to share some songs from their new album, What Will We Do - their first on the Smithsonian Folkways label.

  • Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Ruthie Foster

    • January 17, 2019

    Ruthie Foster joined Folk Alley at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida to share some thoughts about what making music for an audience means to her; that process, she says, lets her “channel the good stuff” in the world and it’s an experience she never wants to give up.

  • Folk Alley Sessions: Mipso

    • December 20, 2018

    During an exclusive Folk Alley Session that North Carolina progressive sting band, Mipso, did for Folk Alley, the group eloquently talks about "the how and why" of their evolution as a band and the decision to push their musical boundaries in the first place.

  • Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Gretchen Peters

    • November 20, 2018

    From the fears and concerns of a young girl, to the hopelessness of unrelenting poverty, to the laissez-faire attitude of a woman in the twilight of her life, Gretchen Peters creates characters that everyone can relate to. That’s a gift and it’s one displayed most prominently on her new album, Dancing with the Beast. She shared thoughts about the record and music from it during her exclusive session at this year’s 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida.