Folk Roots Radio Episode 579: feat. Jeffery Straker – Just Before Sunrise & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 579: feat. Jeffrey Straker - Just Before Sunrise & More New Releases

Jeffery Straker joins us on Episode 579 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his great new album “Just Before Sunrise”.  Jeffery landed on our radar last year, and since then we’ve played pretty much everything we’ve been sent. We’re definitely big fans of his piano driven songwriting. As always we wrap up the episode with more new releases, and this time around we’ve decided to stay in Canada as we bring you new music from Kristen Martell, Tania Joy, the august arrival, Last Birds, Grosse Isle, Rob Lutes, Kat Danser and William Kuklis. Check out the full playlist below.

Best 2020


A classically trained pianist, Regina SK based singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker‘s latest album “Just Before Sunrise” was written and recorded in the wake of the sudden loss of his mother – the songs on the album speaking to a life long need to dream, to belong and to matter. The tone of the album is very much one of deep reflection, but also infused with hope and joy.

A clever lyricist with an energetic piano style, Jeffery Straker songs have been used in TV, film and theatre productions. Critical comparisons have been drawn to the likes of Harry Chapin, Billy Joel and Carole King, while developing a style that’s all his own.

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Best 2020

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!


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

Kristen Martell
Photograph of Secrets
(single) (2021, Self) CDN

Tania Joy
(single) (2021, Self) CDN

the august arrival
The Weight Of The Clock
All Blue and Gold (2021, Self) CDN

Last Birds
Carve Your Name
Last Birds EP (2020, Self) CDN

Grosse Isle
Patsy Campbell’s / Calamine
Le bonhomme Sept Heures / The Bonesetter (2021, La Compagnie du Nord) CDN

Jeffery Straker
Play That Song Again
Just Before Sunrise (2021, Self) CDN

Interview: Jeffery Straker discussing his latest album “Just Before Sunrise”.

Jeffery Straker
Light A Fire
Just Before Sunrise (2021, Self) CDN

Jeffery Straker
Morning Light
Just Before Sunrise (2021, Self) CDN

Rob Lutes
That Bird Has My Wings
Come Around (2021, Lucky Bear Records) CDN

Kat Danser
End Of Days
One Eye Open (2020, Black Hen Music) CDN

William Kuklis
The Train
(single) (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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