We launched FolkNRoots Radio at the end of January, 2016. We’re rapidly approaching one year of 24/7 roots music on the web waves, and we have, to put it mildly, played a LOT of great artists, so far.
Some of the artists are well known acts like Emmylou Harris, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Chris Stapleton, while some are lesser known, but still acts that many of us knew like Lynn Miles, The Milk Carton Kids and Darrell Scott.
One aspect of our playlists that makes me most proud, is that we are constantly on the lookout for what I call “under the radar acts”. These might be young up and comers or artists who have been at it for quite some time without making that big breakthrough. We play a lot of these artists, for the same reason we play every tune in our playlists … to get great roots music into as many ears as possible.
Here are my ten favourite acts, in no particular order, that I did not know before starting FolkNRoots Radio.
John Moreland – Real deal songs, powerfully delivered.
The O’Pears – Fantastic three part harmony …
Dan Layus – Brilliant songs on the road connecting Country with Americana
The Westies – Prolific and exceptionally gifted songwriter Michael McDermott and his partner Heather Horton.
Kaia Kater – A young woman digging deeply into traditional forms and styles with a 21st century attitude.
Paul Thorn – a former boxing champion, raised in the southern church, his father a pastor, with a gift for songwriting encompassing the hilarious and the serious, sometimes in just one tune.
Carson McHone – A young woman from Texas with songs and a voice that seem to have come from the past.
Muddy Magnolias – Two young women, from wildly divergent backgrounds who came together in Nashville, and found a band, resulting in pure Americana Soul.
Birds of Chicago – A Canadian woman and an American man who came together personally and musically. They call their music “Secular Gospel”.
Carter Sampson – A singer songwriter from Oklahoma with a voice and a gift. Just found her this past week, and she’s going into the rotation next week.
I could easily list another ten, but these are the artists who’ve really stood out for me among my many discoveries since launching FolkNRoots. Give them a listen and if you like the tunes, buy the records.