Folk Roots Radio Episode 577: feat. Loretta Hagen – Not Now & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 577: feat. Loretta Hagen - Not Now & More New Releases

Loretta Hagen is a wonderful singer-songwriter with a warm rich alto voice and the ability to write personal songs that tap into a lot of what we are all feeling. She released a fine fourth album, “Lucky Stars”, in 2017; a recording that takes you on a personal journey through loss and healing while leaving you with the promise of hope for better times ahead. In fact, it might be the perfect album to be listening to during Covid times. Loretta Hagen joins us on Episode 577 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her music, and great new single “Not Now”, which was written during coronavirus lockdown. As usual, we wrap up the rest of the episode with more new releases, and this time around we hear from Lisa Jeanette, Brendan Scott Friel, Terri Clark, Mike Plume, Olivier Demers, Nelson Sobral, Rosemary Lawton, Rose Cousins and Jeffery Straker. Check out the full playlist below.

Best 2020


Loretta Hagen has built a great reputation for the quality of her songwriting, and vocal delivery. The new Jersey based singer-songwriter released a fine fourth album, “Lucky Stars”, in 2017. Loretta has just followed up that album with a wonderful new single that reflects on the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has been having on individuals, families and communities – and like much of her songwriting, includes a strong message of hope.

“Each day I would hear news stations report the heartbreaking stories of people alone in hospitals around the world fighting for their lives without a loved one at their side. I can only imagine the terror for them. So many stories of loss: loss of life, loss of jobs, homes, loneliness. Normal life simply gone. But in all of that overwhelming despair and loss, there were also stories of survival.”

For more information about her music, 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 lots 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!


You can listen to this episode again on Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)


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

Lisa Jeanette
Jellyfish On The Moon
Jellyfish On The Moon (2021, Self)

Brendan Scott Friel
Summer Moons (2021, Soul City Music Co-op) CDN

Terri Clark
The Highway
(single) (2021, BareTrack Records) CDN

Mike Plume
Remember To Forget
Lonesome Stretch Of Highway (2020, Royalty Records) CDN

Olivier Demers
Le pas lent des Géants
À l’envers d’un monde (2020, La Compagnie du Nord) CDN

Loretta Hagen
Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars (2017, Bearfort)

Interview: Loretta Hagendiscussing her music, and new Covid Times single “Not Now”.

Loretta Hagen
Not Now
(single) (2021, Bearfort)

Loretta Hagen
Hello Mountain (Ode To Bearfort Mountain)
Sundown Till Dawn (2008, Bearfort)

Loretta Hagen
Welcome Spring
Lucky Stars (2017, Bearfort)

Nelson Sobral
(single) (2021, Self) CDN

Rosemary Lawton
Little Fires
Canvas (2021, Citadel House) CDN

Rose Cousins
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
(single) (2021, Outside Music) CDN

Jeffery Straker
Heavy Is The Burden
Just Before Sunrise (2021, Self) 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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