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Folk Alley Sessions: Kaia Kater

9/20/2018
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(Session originally published in September, 2015) Born in Quebec of mixed Afro-Caribbean ancestry, Kaia Kater, resides in Toronto and spends extensive time in West Virginia, where she ardently studies balladry and traditional dance. As an original songwriter, she works to incorporate her perspective as one of the few people of color in roots music into the complex racial history of the traditions themselves. Her music combines beautifully subtle old-time banjo with soft sensibilities,...

Duration:00:21:41

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Sarah Lee Guthrie

7/27/2018
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As Woody Guthrie's granddaughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie's lineage is undeniable. But if you close your eyes and forget that her last name is synonymous with the river-legacy of a widening current of American folk music, you'd still be drawn to the clarity and soul behind her voice. There is a gentle urgency to her interpretations of the songs she sings and the classic music of her heritage. Over the last two decades on the road and in the studio, she and her husband Johnny Irion have created...

Duration:00:20:29

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: John Gorka

7/27/2018
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From New Jersey, folk legend John Gorka got his start living in a music club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man. His exposure to folk troubadours inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City and folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston where his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began...

Duration:00:20:51

Folk Alley Sessions: Ana Egge

6/7/2018
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The rain was coming down hard one day in April in Upper Jay, New York. And that’s the day Ana Egge, along with Alec Spiegelman (keyboards, bass clarinet) and Dave Cole (drums) showed up at the pop-up studio our friends at Beehive Productions Studio set up at The Recovery Lounge. Egge, whose husky voice floats between a true-blue alto and the lowest possible soprano, was there to share some thoughts about her new album, White Tiger. She also shared some songs from it: the title track, a...

Duration:00:15:26

Folk Alley Sessions: Anna & Elizabeth

6/1/2018
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In April, the duo Anna and Elizabeth (Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle) came to Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake, New York with their friend and colleague, Jarrett Gilgore (percussion). The duo arrived ready to share thoughts about and music from their new album, The Invisible Comes to Us. But maybe even more importantly, Anna and Elizabeth talked about the importance of preserving musical traditions from the past, bringing them into the present, and working hard to...

Duration:00:28:20

Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Anna & Elizabeth

6/1/2018
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In April, the duo Anna and Elizabeth (Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle) came to Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake, New York with their friend and colleague, Jarrett Gilgore (percussion). The duo arrived ready to share thoughts about and music from their new album, The Invisible Comes to Us. But maybe even more importantly, Anna and Elizabeth talked about the importance of preserving musical traditions from the past, bringing them into the present, and working hard to...

Duration:00:28:20

Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: The Mastersons

5/17/2018
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When they’re not on the road as part of Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses, The Mastersons (Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson) are on the road performing as…The Mastersons. These two are rarely in the place they call home and that sense of transience is one they explore in their most recent album, 2017’s Transient Lullaby. With songs written in hotel rooms, in green rooms, on tour buses, and everywhere and anywhere in between, The Mastersons ponder ideas of love and home from an...

Duration:00:19:19

Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Gretchen Peters

5/17/2018
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For Gretchen Peters, good music is all about creating compelling characters and telling a good story. That’s how she approaches her music and that’s how, she says, she was finally able to take on some of her chaotic and confusing feelings from the past couple of years and translate them into new songs. By focusing on creating and then giving voices to compelling characters, mostly women, Peters is able to tackle challenging and often heartbreaking subjects and ideas – political...

Duration:00:24:26

Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Chastity Brown

5/12/2018
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If you've ever moved from one climate to another, you know just how dramatic that shift feels. Chastity Brown, for example, is a native of Tennessee. A little more than a decade ago, she moved, on a "wild whim," she says, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. That shift in culture and geography " not to mention climate " immediately started to help her shift her sonic palette. Brown, who started out in music by singing in church and playing saxophone in marching band, picked up the guitar at 15....

Duration:00:19:29

Folk Alley Sessions: Moira Smiley

5/12/2018
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You can change your surroundings when you sing – you can change your whole world, in fact. That’s because your voice is a powerful, wild instrument, one you shouldn’t be afraid to use. Moira Smiley came to that realization a few years ago and that eye-opening experience led her to record her newest album, Unzip the Horizon. She describes the album as having a quality of expanding, of opening out, and says she felt able to express herself personally for the first time. Naturally, talking...

Duration:00:21:07

Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Chastity Brown

5/12/2018
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If you’ve ever moved from one climate to another, you know just how dramatic that shift feels. Chastity Brown, for example, is a native of Tennessee. A little more than a decade ago, she moved, on a “wild whim,” she says, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. That shift in culture and geography – not to mention climate – immediately started to help her shift her sonic palette. Brown, who started out in music by singing in church and playing saxophone in marching band, picked up the guitar at 15....

Duration:00:19:29

Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Sera Cahoone

5/10/2018
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Breakups, love affairs, family dramas, loss and mourning " all of it is represented on the album Sera Cahoone says is her most personal to date. Cahoone, a musician from the Pacific Northwest, shared that revelation about her 2017 album 'From Where I Started' during her exclusive in studio session at this year's 30A Songwriter's Festival in Florida. During that session, which was recorded and produced with our friends from Beehive Productions Studios, Cahoone also shared a secret: she says...

Duration:00:13:17

30A Songwriters Festival: Sera Cahoone

5/4/2018
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Breakups, love affairs, family dramas, loss and mourning – all of it is represented on the album Sera Cahoone says is her most personal to date. Cahoone, a musician from the Pacific Northwest, shared that revelation about her 2017 album From Where I Started during her exclusive in studio session at this year’s 30A Songwriter’s Festival in Florida. During that session, which was recorded and produced with our friends from Beehive Productions Studios, Cahoone also shared a secret: she says...

Duration:00:13:17

30A Songwriters Festival: Kim Richey

5/3/2018
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Some people love working on their own. And some people love working with others. Kim Richey falls firmly into the latter category. “There’s nothing better than a sharing a song with someone else,” she says. During a recent session at the 30A SW Festival in Florida, Richey shared some thoughts about her new recording, 'Edgeland,' a recording she made with her friends, and a recording she’s really, really excited about. “I love it because it’s inspiring to write with someone else,” she says....

Duration:00:16:38

Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Kim Richey

3/28/2018
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Some people love working on their own. And some people love working with others. Kim Richey falls firmly into the latter category. "There's nothing better than a sharing a song with someone else," she says. During a recent session at the 30A SW Festival in Florida, Richey shared some thoughts about her new recording, 'Edgeland,' a recording she made with her friends, and a recording she's really, really excited about. "I love it because it's inspiring to write with someone else," she says....

Duration:00:16:38

2018 30A Songwriters Festival: Paul Thorn

3/20/2018
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People say you're supposed to write what you know. It seems kind of clichéd, maybe, but it actually isn't bad advice and it's advice that Paul Thorn uses very effectively. This guy knows a LOT about...a LOT. The Mississippi born and bred musician has done a little bit of everything in his life; notable highlights include a respectable career as a professional boxer, not to mention service in the National Guard. Perhaps his biggest influence, though, is the fact that he grew up with...

Duration:00:14:12

30A Songwriters Festival: Paul Thorn

3/20/2018
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People say you're supposed to write what you know. It seems kind of clichéd, maybe, but it actually isn't bad advice and it's advice that Paul Thorn uses very effectively. This guy knows a LOT about...a LOT. The Mississippi born and bred musician has done a little bit of everything in his life; notable highlights include a respectable career as a professional boxer, not to mention service in the National Guard. Perhaps his biggest influence, though, is the fact that he grew up with...

Duration:00:14:12

2018 30A Songwriters Festival: Emily Saliers

2/22/2018
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Imagine being part of a duo for decades. Things are working well: you're successful, you're creative, you're enjoying yourself and the music you make and yet...you feel that something is missing. What do you do? Emily Saliers, best known as one of the two Indigo Girls, went out on her own last year for the first time ever. And while she was scared and uncertain about making such a dramatic change, it was something she knew she had to do in order to grow and develop as an artist. Saliers...

Duration:00:21:48

30A Songwriters Festival: Emily Saliers

2/22/2018
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Imagine being part of a duo for decades. Things are working well: you're successful, you're creative, you're enjoying yourself and the music you make and yet...you feel that something is missing. What do you do? Emily Saliers, best known as one of the two Indigo Girls, went out on her own last year for the first time ever. And while she was scared and uncertain about making such a dramatic change, it was something she knew she had to do in order to grow and develop as an artist. Saliers...

Duration:00:21:48

2018 30A Songwriters Festival: David Robert King

2/16/2018
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After spending time living and working in a few different places, among them Boston and Atlanta, David Robert King decided he was ready to go back home " musically, anyway. His new recording, 'Idaho', was inspired by his childhood and young adulthood in Idaho. It took awhile, King says, to realize just how much his writing was and is inspired by memories of his past. Idaho is "about growing up," King says. "About the one who got away, the one who's with me now, the kid who punched me, the...

Duration:00:24:50