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Best of: Folk Alley Sessions

Feb 5, 2018

In 2003, Folk Alley began streaming music online to bring the best acoustic, Americana, singer/songwriter, Celtic, traditional, and world music to listeners across the globe. While their website has a whole host of things to check out, from playlists to radio shows and blog posts, we always end up on the sessions tab watching live performances by our favorite artists. Here are five performances you don’t want to miss:

The Secret Sisters — “The Tennessee River Runs Low”

We at the BGS have not been shy about showing our love for the Secret Sisters. In this performance of “The Tennessee River Runs Low,” Lydia and Laura Rogers show off their vocal blend and knack for awe-inspiring harmonies.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn — “Shotgun Blues”

Husband-and-wife duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn truly are the king and queen of the banjo. Washburn puts us in a trance right from the start of “Shotgun Blues” with her haunting vocals and steady beats on the banjo.

Twisted Pine — “Easton”

Between the mandolin chops of Dan Bui, the steady drive of bassist Chris Sartori, and the vocal harmonies of front-women Rachel Sumner and Kathleen Parks, Twisted Pine is bound to take roots music by storm in the years to come. Check out this performance of “Easton” from their debut album, Twisted Pine, to see for yourself!

Charlie Parr — “Delia”

Charlie Parr and his trusty silver resonator guitar are a perfect pair. Add in a slide, and the results are magical. In this video, Parr performs “Delia” from his 2015 album, Stumpjumper, showcasing his forward-moving picking style and beautiful but sad lyrics.

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards — “California Calling”

Girl Power! String Power! These two phrases come to mind every time we watch a video Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. Their arrangements and tight harmonies leave us speechless every time.

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