Folk Roots Radio Episode 376: Kerri Powers & New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 376: Kerri Powers & New Releases

Connecticut blues roots singer-songwriter Kerri Powers joins us on Episode 376 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her fabulous new album “Starseeds”. Kerri Powers produced one of our favourite recordings of 2014, her stunning self-titled album. It’s a great interview, and well worth checking out. And, as always, we check out more of the new music we’ve received, including new releases from The Lonesome Ace Stringband, The Lifers and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. Check out the full playlist below.


Kerri Powers new album was recorded during a transitional and healing phase in her life. “Songs are starseeds. Lightworkers often appearing from an inexplicable place and time with empathetic intention. Our world needs healing and connection now more than ever.” Produced with Eric Michael Lichter, Starseeds features eight original songs and two great covers – Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” and Gene Clark‘s “Polly”.

It’s clear that this new recording is again going to do very well – and, hopefully, will get Kerri Powers up on to the radar of a lot more people – she really is the real deal. You can find an interview with Kerri Powers recorded after the release of her 2014 self-titled album on the website HERE. Visit Kerri Powers online at Photo: Jean Molodetz.

Show Notes

Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 376 of Folk Roots Radio.

Folklorists and folk singers Anna & Elizabeth have just released “The Invisible Comes To Us”, a genre-bending album of traditional folk featuring old songs and archive recordings given a modern makeover. It’s out now on Smithsonian Folkways.

Chris Coole, John Showman and Max Heineman have a new album out as The Lonesome Ace Stringband, “When the Sun Comes Up”. On this episode we play their version of the Mississippi John Hurt song “Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me” which features some wonderful vocals from John Showman. I’ve been a fan of his work since the days of New country Rehab. I just can’t get enough of his voice… and fiddle.

The ever-expanding art folk collective, helmed by sisters Liv and Anita Cazzola, The Lifers, are getting ready to release their sophomore album “Honey Suite”. They’re heading out the Sisterhood of Sound tour with Guelph based singer-songwriter Annie Sumi this Spring. For more information on their tour dates, visit

Toronto’s Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar are now a big band with a full rhythm section and horns in the spirit of the late great Sharon Jones. We wrapped the show with “All Night Long” from their new album, “Run To Me”. They put on a fabulous stage show – you must catch them live.

And that’s all we have time for, this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!


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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)

Anna & Elizabeth
The Invisible Comes To Us (2018, Smithsonian Folkways)

The Lonesome Ace Stringband
Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me
When the Sun Comes Up (2018, Self) CDN

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches
Needed Now
Get Us Out Of Fearland (2018, On The Bol Records)

Niall Teague & The Fast Company
Lake Ram
Big Red Bridge (2018, Self)

Kerri Powers
Bicycle Man
Starseeds (2018, Self)

Interview: Kerri Powers discussing her new album “Starseeds” (2018, Self).

Kerri Powers
Free Bird Flying
Starseeds (2018, Self)

Kerri Powers
Grace and Harmony
Starseeds (2018, Self)

Kerri Powers
Can’t Find My Way Home
Starseeds (2018, Self)

The Lifers
I’m Going Mad
Honey Suite (2018, Self) CDN

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
All Night Long
Run To Me (2018, Gypsy Soul Records / Fontana North) CDN

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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