Folk Roots Radio Episode 521: feat. Ken Yates – Quiet Talkers & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 521: feat. Ken Yates - Quiet Talkers & More New Releases

Toronto based singer-songwriter Ken Yates picked up a couple of Canadian Folk Music Awards for his critically acclaimed 2016 album “Huntsville”. He’s just released the follow-up, “Quiet Talkers” – an album Ken describes as his most personal to date, which is equally as wonderful and already picking up some critical buzz. Ken Yates joins us on Episode 521 of Folk Roots Radio for a great in-depth conversation about the new album, and life in lockdown – as we all continue to weather the coronavirus pandemic. We also hear from some other great songwriters as we check out new music from Glen MacNeil, Michael Logen, Barbara Jo Kammer, John Moreland, Graham Lindsey, Jason Wilber, John Prine and Gretchen Peters. Check out the full playlist below.


“Quiet Talkers”, the new album from Ken Yates is a much more introspective recording than his previous release, 2016’s Huntsville, which picked up Canadian Folk Music Awards for both Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Featuring twelve songs, the new recording has much more of a domestic focus than the expansive Huntsville, which explored life on the road. Quiet Talkers was again produced by multi-instrumentalist Jim Bryson at Fixed Hinge Recording, who was able to bring some of his own musical flare to the arrangements.

“This is by far my most personal album to date. I’ve always been better at observing than being a part of the action, so I like to think of this collection of songs as “thoughts from the quietest person in the room”. If Huntsville was about my experiences on the road, ‘Quiet Talkers’ is about coming home, facing the monsters hiding under the bed – or in some cases, the monsters hiding in plain sight.”

For more information abut the music of Ken Yates, visit

That’s all we have time for. 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 episodes.

If you enjoy the music we play on this show and want to support the artists – many of whom aren’t able to play live at the moment because of the Covid-19 pandemic, don’t just stream their music – that earns them much less than a penny per play. Instead, buy their music – and really make a difference to their income. They’ll love you for it!


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

Glen MacNeil
The Quiet
Glen MacNeil E.P. (2020, Self) CDN

Michael Logen
Everybody Feels Alone
Write By The Sea, Vol. 2 (2020, Rock By The Sea)

Barbara Jo Kammer
Blue Sky In The Morning (2020, Self)

John Moreland
In Times Between
LP5 (2020, Old Omens)

Graham Lindsey
Flying Paul
(single) (2020, Self) CDN

Ken Yates
Grey County Blues
Quiet Talkers (2020, Self) CDN

Interview: Ken Yates discussing his new album “Quiet Talkers”.

Ken Yates
Safe From Yourself
Quiet Talkers (2020, Self) CDN

Ken Yates
Surviving Is Easy
Quiet Talkers (2020, Self) CDN

Jason Wilber
Poets Life
Time Traveler (2019, Wilbertone Records)

John Prine
I Remember Everything
(single) (2020, Oh Boy Records)

Gretchen Peters
The Night You Wrote That Song
The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs Of Mickey Newbury (2020, Scarlet Letter 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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