Folk Roots Radio Episode 472: feat. Linda McRae & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 472: feat. Linda McRae & More New Releases

Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Linda McRae joins us on Episode 472 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her latest solo album “Going To The Well”, a stripped down affair that features new versions of some Linda McRae songs alongside some really great covers. As usual, we also check out more of the latest new releases, and this time around we hear from Tim Grimm, Dirty Dishes, Nigel Wearne, Kolonien, Anna Ludlow and Matt Patershuk. Check out the full playlist below.


“Going to the Well”, the new solo album from Linda McRae actually came out of house concert put on by fellow singer-songwriter Deni Gauthier in St Thomas ON, who suggested that Linda might like to record a few tracks in his studio. What followed is a new stripped down recording that’s really just Linda McRae singing with her guitar or banjo, alongside some great cameos from Gurf Morlix and Bill Kirchen on guitar and backing vocals, Deni Gauthier on guitar and duet vocal, and Shara Gustafson on backing vocals.

The new album features solo versions of three Linda McRae songs from her 2015 “Shadow Trails” album, a new lovely Linda McRae and Kelly Kessler co-write, with a poignant political message, “Empty”, and some wonderful covers including solo banjo versions of David Bowie’s “Heroes” and “Ashes to Ashes”, Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day”, Bill Kirchen’s “Man in the Bottom of the Well” and Willie P Bennett’s “Caney Fork River”.

For more information about the music of Linda McRae and upcoming tour dates, visit


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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)

Tim Grimm
Staying In Love
Heart Land Again (2019, Vault Records)

Dirty Dishes
Get On The Run
In Sink (2019, Self) CDN

Nigel Wearne
Autumn Tempest
Drawing Circles – Part 1 (2016, Self)

Almost Folk (2018, Nataraj Recordings)

Anna Ludlow
The Hurricane
Wherever You Go (2019, Self) CDN

Linda McRae
Ashes To Ashes
Going To The Well (2019, 42 RPM) CDN

Interview: Linda McRae discussing her new album “Going to The Well”.

Linda McRae
Going To The Well (2019, 42 RPM) CDN

Linda McRae
Dimming Of The Day
Going To The Well (2019, 42 RPM) CDN

Matt Patershuk
Velvet Bulldozer
If Wishes Were Horses (2019, Black Hen Music) 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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