1. There is no shortage of folk and country songs about booze. But what makes the Mandolin Orange tune “Waltz About Whiskey” so enchanting is its effortlessness. Watch the rising folk duo perform the song live for FolkAlley.

  2. Fans of Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, take notice: Nora Jane Struthers embodies everything you could want in an Americana singer-songwriter. Watch her perform “Party Line,” a song she loved so much, she named her band after it.

  3. "Tam Lin" is based on an old Scottish myth about a man captured by fairies, whose only hope at returning to life among humans is to have his lover hold him through a series of transformations (wolf, bear, lion, man). Watch Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer perform the song at the Folk Alliance International Conference, from Folk Alley.

  4. The Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Rose Cousins appeared on Folk Alley's list of 2012’s best folk music. See why in this studio performance of her honest and disarming song “What I See.”

  5. From Folk Alley, discover the 10 best folk and roots music albums of the year, from quiet acoustic solo records to stomping shout-alongs, focused on community, elements of ancestry and stories that unite us.

    From Folk Alley, discover the 10 best folk and roots music albums of the year, from quiet acoustic solo records to stomping shout-alongs, focused on community, elements of ancestry and stories that unite us.

  6. The Lancaster County trio behind The Stray Birds is one of the finest young bands on the folk circuit. Watch Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench perform their hit single, “Dream in Blue,” for Folk Alley.

  7. Celebrate Halloween with a special stream of spooky folk music from Folk Alley, including ghost stories, murder ballads and gory tales.
Photo: The National Archives UK via Flickr

    Celebrate Halloween with a special stream of spooky folk music from Folk Alley, including ghost stories, murder ballads and gory tales.

    Photo: The National Archives UK via Flickr

  8. Stream a continuous mix of artists performing at the Americana Music Awards from our friends at Folk Alley.
Photo: Shantel Mitchell for NPR

    Stream a continuous mix of artists performing at the Americana Music Awards from our friends at Folk Alley.

    Photo: Shantel Mitchell for NPR

  9. New Adventures In Folk: The Best Of 2011
by Folk Alley
Photo: The Head and the Heart is one of many new folk groups that bend tradition while keeping it alive.

    New Adventures In Folk: The Best Of 2011

    by Folk Alley

    Photo: The Head and the Heart is one of many new folk groups that bend tradition while keeping it alive.

  10. Journalist and author Tom Piazza’s collection of essays, Devil Sent The Rain,  features pieces on musicians whose songs and personae conjure,  as he puts it, “the bottom of the American ladder.” There’s the proto  country of Jimmie Rodgers, the early blues of Charley Patton and Ma Rainey, the volatile  bluegrass of Jimmy Martin, the forgotten honkey-tonk of Carl Perkins —  all products of a “desperate America.”
You can hear songs from these artists and the many others covered in Devil Sent The Rain in this edition of The Mix, curated by WKSU’s FolkAlley.com.

    Journalist and author Tom Piazza’s collection of essays, Devil Sent The Rain, features pieces on musicians whose songs and personae conjure, as he puts it, “the bottom of the American ladder.” There’s the proto country of Jimmie Rodgers, the early blues of Charley Patton and Ma Rainey, the volatile bluegrass of Jimmy Martin, the forgotten honkey-tonk of Carl Perkins — all products of a “desperate America.”

    You can hear songs from these artists and the many others covered in Devil Sent The Rain in this edition of The Mix, curated by WKSU’s FolkAlley.com.