Folk Roots Radio Episode 493: feat. Noah Derksen & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 493: feat. Noah Derksen & More New Releases

Noah Derksen is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter with a wonderfully soulful folk-roots Americana sound. He joins us in the studio on Episode 493 of Folk Roots Radio for an in-depth conversation about his latest album “America, Dreaming”, and a few live songs. It’s a great session – we hope you’ll check it out. We also find time to include more of the new music we’ve received, and this time around we hear from Sussex, Ma Polaine’s Great Decline, Hansan, Burnstick, The East Pointers, Ayla Brook & The Sound Men, Lynn Harrison and The John Byrne Band. Check out the full playlist below.


Noah Derksen’s new album “America, Dreaming” – which was produced by Murray Pulver (The Bros. Landreth, Joey Landreth, Doc Walker, etc.) in Winnipeg, is a search for identity, reflecting on time spent living and travelling across the United States.

“As an American-citizen growing up in Canada, I held an unrealistic depiction of the United States as a land of opportunity and freedom. In years spent living, touring, and working south of the border, I’ve discovered the practical limitations to that opportunity and freedom. America, Dreaming represents an observation of my home and native land south of the 49th parallel; an observation both externally, of how things change with time, and internally, on how I have had to shift my own perspective.”

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

Everything I Wanted
The Ocean Wide (2019, Lucky Bear Records) CDN

Ma Polaine’s Great Decline
(single) (2020, Self)

Du Du Du
(single) (2020, Makaki Music)

Pay No Mind
Kîyânaw (2019, Self) CDN

The East Pointers
Country Cable
Yours To Break (2019, Self) CDN

Noah Derksen
Hoping You Would Stay (Live)

Interview: Noah Derksen live in the Folk Roots Radio studio.

Noah Derksen
Lonely In America (Live)

Noah Derksen
What Kind Of Love Is That (Live)

Ayla Brook & The Sound Men
All That I Wanted to Do
(single) (2020, Fallen Tree Records) CDN

Lynn Harrison
Something More
Something More (2019, Self) CDN

The John Byrne Band
Special Place In Hell
A Shiver In The Sky (2019, Ri-Ra Records)

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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