Juno award winning singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge joins us on Episode 665 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his tenth recording “Something Easy”, an excellent album he recorded and produced himself – for the first time. As always, we wrap up the rest of the episode with more of the latest new releases, and this time around we include new music from Clare Siobhan, LittleFox, Tia McGraff, Sophie Lukacs, Maggie Fraser and Jenn Grant. Remember, If you like the artists you hear on this show and want to support them, don’t just stream their music – BUY their music, and then you’ll really make a difference to their income at a time when it is becoming much more difficult to make a living as a musician. Check out the full playlist below.
Singer-songwriter Mimi O’Bonsawin, who has Franco-Ontarion and Abenaki roots, and a member of Odanak First Nation, joins us on Episode 664 of Folk Roots Radio to talk about her latest release “Willow”, a beautiful album with a lovely grounded and intimate feel. A very engaging artist, it was an absolute pleasure to have Mimi join us on the show to chat about this wonderful new project. As always, we wrap up the episode with more of the latest new releases. This time we focus on female artists, and include new music from Jenn Grant, Eliza Mary Doyle, Kerri Powers, LittleFox, Elisapie and Rebecca Folsom. Remember, If you like the artists you hear on this show and want to support them, don’t just stream their music – BUY their music, and then you’ll really make a difference to their income at a time when it is becoming much more difficult to make a living as a musician. Check out the full playlist below.
Join us on Folk Roots Radio Overtime for our full conversation with Toronto based singer-songwriter Rosanne Baker Thornley, who chats about her fabulous second album – the very personal “Sorry I’m Late”, a recording that arrived twenty-eight years after her debut, “Courage”. Sorry I’m Late is a fantastic album with a wonderful cinematic feel and one that really connects with the listener. It deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. As well as reflecting on her music and the making of Sorry I’m Late, the extended version of our interview also includes a great discussion with Rosanne about songwriting and mentorship. “I love that I am able to step behind artists’ eyes and write songs from many perspectives and genres. From singer-songwriter to punk, I have a long history of collaborating, performing and writing. I lean in to understand the hearts of the artists who are sitting in front of me.” For more information about the music of Rosanne Baker Thornley, visit rbtsong.com. Also, check out the That First Song initiative at thatfirstsong.com. Music: Rosanne Baker Thornley “Sorry I”m Late”, “In Paris”, “Her Mother’s Eyes” and “Give Me One More Night” from “Sorry I’m Late” (2022, Self) CDN
Vancouver based, Northern-Irish born Jayne Trimble joins us on Episode 633 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her music as dream folk singer-songwriter OXLIP, whose songs have a beautiful, ethereal, and mysterious quality about them. That’s not the only things Jayne does; she also runs her own boutique record label, World Peach Records and a recording studio, and also provides management services for female artists. A busy person, for sure – it’s a fascinating conversation, and well worth checking out. As always, we wrap up the episode with a look at more of the latest releases and this time around we hear from Ian James Bain, A’Court Spiegel & Vinnick, David LaMotte, Jimmy Bennett, The Lone Bellow and Tim Grimm. Remember, If you like the artists you hear on this show and want to support them, don’t just stream their music – BUY their music, and then you’ll really make a difference to their income at a time when it is becoming much more difficult to make a living as a musician. Check out the full playlist below.
Long-distance songwriting partners Helen Austin and Paul Otten, who make music together as folk/pop duo Big Little Lions, are no strangers to Folk Roots Radio. Despite being based nearly three thousand miles apart, Helen (from Vancouver Island) and Paul (from Springboro, OH) are prolific songwriters. In fact, during the recent pandemic they released a new song a month, before wrapping everything up as their excellent 2022 album “Happy Accident”. They are now back with their seventh long player and first concept album, “AMPM” – which is based around a day in the life and the challenges we all face; and features songs about anxiety and self-hate, the grind of daily life, the perils of parenting, and the value of community and forgiveness. AMPM comes with all the hallmarks of their music – playful and thought-provoking lyrics, tight harmonies and catchy tunes. Helen Austin and Paul Otten joined us on Folk Roots Radio for a fun conversation about this creative new project. Visit Big Little Lions online at biglittlelions.com. Music: Big Little Lions “Oh It’s You Again”, “Worth The Time”, “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere”, “Almost” and “Why Won’t My Brain Stop” from “AMPM” (2023, Fallen Tree Records).