Lindsay Clark – Carpe Noctem

Lindsay Clark’s latest record, Carpe Noctem, is a timeless album of pastoral beauty and genuine heart that recalls the works of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. Clark, a Portland, OR based singer-songwriter, always writes from an emotionally honest place, but this album might be her most revealing LP yet. Broken relationships and the desire toContinue reading “Lindsay Clark – Carpe Noctem”

The Record Crates United Mixtape: The Smithsonian Folksways Special

Our 69th episode of The Record Crates United Mixtape is a special one. Today, I’m highlighting some of my favorite tracks from the vast Smithsonian Folkways discography. From folk and blues standards and classics by the likes of Elizabeth Cotton and Michael Hurley to abstract soundscapes by artists like The Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble,Continue reading “The Record Crates United Mixtape: The Smithsonian Folksways Special”

Lily Henley – Oras Dezaoradas

Lily Henley, a singer-songwriter, composer and fiddler, tapped into the ancient traditions of Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews to create her latest work, the soul-stirring Oras Dezaoradas. Already known for finding the similarities between Sephardic and American folk music and fusing them together, Henley went even deeper for this release. She fully immersed herself into the oldContinue reading “Lily Henley – Oras Dezaoradas”

Single Premiere: “Wednesday” by J.M. Hart

J.M. Hart sings of the woes and wares of the working man on “Wednesday,” the lead single from his upcoming record, Slips, Trips, & Falls. If you’re new to RCU, Hart is an exceptionally personal and genuine singer-songwriter and podcaster based in Virginia. His music is often a blend of different aspects of the folkContinue reading “Single Premiere: “Wednesday” by J.M. Hart”

Single Premiere: “Lead Man,” by Ralph E. White

With the help of Jerry David DeCicca in the producer’s chair, Ralph E. White has returned with a new record of surreal folk-inspired music on Worried Songs called It’s More in My Body Than in My Mind. White is a wonderfully eccentric and sadly underestimated southwestern American artist that has been operating within the tangledContinue reading “Single Premiere: “Lead Man,” by Ralph E. White”

Michael Hurley – The Time of The Foxgloves

At 80 years old, Michael Hurley is still as vibrant and canny as ever, as evidenced by his new LP on No Quarter Records, The Time of The Foxgloves. It’s always a cause to celebrate when Hurley returns with new music, but the songs here are some of the most moving recordings he’s turned outContinue reading “Michael Hurley – The Time of The Foxgloves”

Joseph Allred – Branches & Leaves

Joseph Allred’s stirring new record, Branches & Leaves, is a masterpiece amalgamation of folk traditions and stylings. Available on vinyl through Feeding Tube Records and digitally from Allred’s Bandcamp page, Branches & Leaves features everything from spiritual choral singing to banjo fantasias and chamber string music. Allred breathes new life into these traditions of old,Continue reading “Joseph Allred – Branches & Leaves”

Devin Hoff – Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)

Bassist Devin Hoff’s loving tribute to Anne Briggs explores the depth and the versatility of the British folk legend’s classic songbook. Most readers here would agree that Anne Briggs, along with Shirley Collins, is one of the foundational pillars of the English folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s. She unquestionably inspired an entireContinue reading “Devin Hoff – Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)”

Greta Ruth – The Fawn

Some of the most intimate and delicate music you’ll likely encounter this year is Greta Ruth’s stunning collection of songs, The Fawn, which will see its first cassette release on American Dreams Records this week. Originally released on Corrector Records, The Fawn was recorded last year but its songs were all written between 2012 andContinue reading “Greta Ruth – The Fawn”

Ruthann Friedman – Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971

For Record Store Day’s “Drop 2” this Saturday, keep an eye out for the first ever vinyl issue of Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971, by astral folk cult favorite, Ruthann Friedman. Originally released in 2006 on CD and finally pressed onto black plastic this year by Tompkins Square Records, Hurried Life features 15 demos, homeContinue reading “Ruthann Friedman – Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971”