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Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Earlier this year fiddler and singer Laura Cortese released her new album, 'California Calling.' It's her first on Compass Records with her band The Dance Cards: Valerie Thompson " cello & vocals; Jenna Moynihan " fiddle & vocals; and Natalie Bohrn " bass & vocals. In November, Laura and the Dance Cards (Thompson, Moynihan, and Zoe Guigueno on bass) came to Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake for an in-studio performance and to share some thoughts about the excitement of making her...

Duration: 00:18:23

Kris Delmhorst

What happens when a group of talented musicians get together for a short period of time in a small space with a gigantic wood stove? Musical magic, according to Kris Delmhorst. She talked about this an the making of her new album, 'The Wild' when she and her husband and musical partner, Jeffrey Foucault stopped by BeeHive Productions studio for an exclusive Folk Alley Session.

Duration: 00:24:13

Twisted Pine

Boston's Twisted Pine came together at the famed Tuesday Night Bluegrass jams at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusettes, while in school at the Berklee College of Music. After honing their traditional bluegrass chops there for two years, they started to write original material. This opened the door to incorporating their diverse musical influences and backgrounds that range from classical to indie-songwriters to jazz and funk to Celtic. What results is a fresh progressive...

Duration: 00:22:43

The Lonely Heartstring Band

Most people wouldn't automatically equate bluegrass with Boston. But, the city's Berklee College of Music has been a gathering place and inspirational force for talented roots musicians. The members of The Lonely Heartstring Band have that Berklee connection. The group, originally formed as a bluegrass Beatles cover band, has grown its repertoire since forming in 2012 " still mixing covers in with new songs created by Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), Matt Witler (mandolin, vocals),...

Duration: 00:19:49

Amilia K Spicer

If you're going to take a break from writing your album, taking trips to Southeast Asia and expanding your instrumental vocabulary seem like worthy sidesteps – especially for Amilia K Spicer, who moved to LA to become a director and builds songs like tiny movie stories. Her CD 'Flutter & Wow' took on this theme of exploration as Amilia added guitar and banjo to her repertoire – inspiring new songs that didn't connect with her piano work. Amilia stopped by the studios at BeeHive Productions...

Duration: 00:21:42

Red Tail Ring

Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp formed the duo Red Tail Ring with the idea of reinterpreting traditional folk and creating new music with a clawhammer spirit. Their sound is something of a folk-fusion formed by pulling themes from blues, old-time, mountain music and other traditions into a contemporary acoustic mix. The pair like to create their new music without modern influences " going as far as to write on a typewriter. Red Tail Ring brought their new-old sound to Saranac Lake, New...

Duration: 00:22:59

John Craigie

L.A. born John Craigie discovered beauty in storytelling through music, diving into the folk scene in the grunge-driven '90s. For him, it's about the relationship between singer and audience (so much so that he added a group of friends to his latest studio sessions - creating a house concert vibe). He's something of a neo-hippie, in-name-only Math major who found his true self touring the country with a guitar as his calling card. John stopped by BeeHive Studios in Saranac Lake, NY, to...

Duration: 00:22:12

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Korby Lenker

After ten years living and recording in Nashville, Korby Lenker went home to Idaho to record his recent CD, 'Thousand Springs,' in places that were meaningful to him. The songs touch on friendship, life on the road and the fight of Native Americans for respect. Lenker sat down with Folk Alley at the 30A Songwriters Festival to perform songs from the new album and talk about his musical journey.

Duration: 00:18:21

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: The Secret Sisters

The Secret Sisters are, first and foremost, actual sisters. They grew up in a musical family, who went to a musical church, in musical Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Laura decided to tackle stage fright at an open talent audition, which led to an almost-random duet pairing with her sister Lydia and a life-changing career as performing artists. Sometimes the universe makes up your mind for you. Laura and Lydia stopped by Folk Alley's pop-up recording studio at the 30A Songwriters Festival to tell...

Duration: 00:26:04

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Sarah Lee Guthrie

Sarah Lee Guthrie has been on stage almost since birth. But she has never been up there alone. She started (and still performs) with her father, Arlo, and the rest of her talented family. Sarah Lee partnered with her husband, Johnny Irion, and even though they had great success, there was a folky voice that wanted to be heard. Now, she's out solo for the first time, giving full and glorious attention to the folk music that is her birthright. She sat down with Folk Alley at the 2017 30A...

Duration: 00:20:29

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Darrell Scott

The fact that Nashville has become the center of America's music business may be due more to its hub of songwriters than even the talented musicians who have moved there. Darrell Scott is a great performer and where he shines like the sun is as a songwriter. Folk Alley and the crew from BeeHive caught up with Darrell at the 30A Songwriters Festival to talk about songwriting and the mystery of successful collaboration (including with the late Guy Clark). Watch exclusive video performances...

Duration: 00:19:10

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi

We all have people in our lives who inspire us, encourage us, and who push us to dream, hope and create. For musicians Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi, two of those inspirations where the great bluesmen, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Earlier in 2017, Davis and Poggi released a tribute album, 'Sonny and Brownie's Last Train' and came to Beehive Productions studio in Saranac Lake, NY for an exclusive in-studio performance and to talk more about two of their musical heroes.

Duration: 00:19:07

Rayna Gellert & Kieran Kane

Sometimes, working really is hard. That's what Rayna Gellert discovered when she self-produced her 2014 album, 'Old Light' " including creating songs with lots of guest artists and many recording sessions. For her follow-up solo effort, her 2017 release, 'Workin's Too Hard,' Rayna teamed up with Kieran Kane to pare back the creative process with an end product that is fresh and filled with an energy that the freedom of simplicity provides. Rayna and Kieran visited BeeHive Productions...

Duration: 00:16:41

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: John Gorka

John Gorka is one of folk music's most respected and beloved singer/songwriters, representing the bridge generation between the Folk Revival and the rise of Americana. Finding his footing at the venerable Godfrey Daniels coffeehouse while a student at Moravian College, Gorka quickly drew attention with his quiet stage presence and deeply personal songs. Folk Alley caught up with John at the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival where his performances of songs and stories from his long and...

Duration: 00:20:51

Peter Mulvey

By Peter Mulvey's own admission, he writes a lot. He describes the act of writing as going to the woods of his mind and waiting to capture skittish creatures as they race past. A cellphone ring or a casual interruption could jinx the whole affair and what seemed like a song could suddenly be a simple collection of wispy words floating off in the winds. For his Session recordings captured by BeeHive Productions in Saranac Lake, New York, Mulvey talks about his work with Ani DiFranco (who...

Duration: 00:22:41

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Caroline Spence

Another intimate performance and interview captured at the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida. Singer/songwriter Caroline Spence returned with songs from her new collection, 'Spades and Roses.' The album was assembled around the power that a simple arrangement - focused on voice and guitar - has to highlight the strength of a song.

Duration: 00:14:45

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Nikki Lane

After releasing her album 'All or Nothin'' and being nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association in 2015, Nashville based country rock outlaw Nikki Lane and her band spent most of their time on the road, playing for ever-increasing crowds, working to expand their fan base, and just generally ripping things up. No surprise, then, that she got tired. So when she went into a studio to record a new album (her third), she wasn't pleased with the results " it was...

Duration: 00:20:27

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Robert Ellis

Like many artists labeled "Americana," a single title is too limiting for singer/songwriter Robert Ellis. Recorded at Florida's 30A Songwriters Festival, Ellis performed a few songs off of his third and eponymous CD - which he describes as a collection of songs about the intricacies of relationships (good ones and bad ones). Watch performance videos about life on the road and at home.

Duration: 00:14:51

Session Americana

Session Americana started life as actual sessions, onstage in Boston. At a certain point, the stage in Boston turned into writing original music and a trip to Kimon Kirk's home studio to discover their full potential. As Jefferson Hamer says, bands don't need formal studios to create great music anymore " a fact that has opened the door to a freer, less-formal recording style. For this Session Americana Session, Billy Beard (drums), Ry Cavanaugh (multiple instruments, vocals), Kirk (bass,...

Duration: 00:18:11

The Stray Birds

The collection of songs on 'Magic Fire,' the 2016 release from The Stray Birds, owes a lot to their work with the legendary Larry Campbell. As he was producing the band's album, he helped them expand their sound by adding drums and being more collaborative (including a song written with Nashville neighbor Lindsay Lou). The string-band trio originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is now touring as a quartet as Maya de Vitry, Charlie Muench and Oliver Craven have been joined on the...

Duration: 00:18:52

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