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Album of Ancient Hymns Out Today From Master Hymn Singer Frank Newsome

Album of Ancient Hymns Out Today From Master Hymn Singer Frank Newsome

"[Frank's] singing gives me the shivers in a good way" – Sam Briger, NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Master hymn singer Frank Newsome's record Gone Away with a Friend is out today! Get the captivating album at your preferred retailer here.


New Hackensaw Boys Single "Oval Room" Premieres on PopMatters

Here at Free Dirt, we’re thrilled the Hackensaw Boys decided to dust off the 1980s Blaze Foley song “Oval Room." Listen to the brand new single now via PopMatters! Thank goodness for Blaze’s mighty pen that so perfectly captures the feeling of political malaise, and for the Hackensaw Boys’ spirited interpretation (what better way to drive a point home than to bring in a children’s chorus to sing with you?). We hope it offers some comfort while the circus is in town...

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NPR Music Features Dori Freeman

NPR Music Features Dori Freeman

A live, stripped down video from Dori Freeman's recently recorded Folk Alley session is now featured on NPR Music! Check it out:


Anna & Elizabeth’s Debut Album "Sun to Sun" Made Available Once Again - Coming August 5 on Free Dirt

Anna & Elizabeth’s Debut Album "Sun to Sun" Made Available Once Again - Coming August 5 on Free Dirt

We’re excited to announce that Free Dirt will make Anna & Elizabeth’s stunning debut Sun to Sun available again on August 5, 2016! Originally released in 2012 but out of print until now, the album includes 13 ballads, lullabies and dance tunes from the Southern tradition. This 2016 reissue features remastered audio, and as always, gorgeous ballad singing and banjo playing from Elizabeth and impressive vocals, fiddle, banjo and guitar from Anna.

>>Pre-order your copy here! <<


Preview Anna & Elizabeth's New Record!

Preview Anna & Elizabeth's New Record!

Anna & Elizabeth's newest self-titled release is due out March 17, but we wanted to give you all a preview of what's coming. Stream "Little Black Train" below, and find out how to pre-order the album!

With this record, Anna & Elizabeth honor Appalachian artistry and shed new light upon tradition. Elizabeth LaPrelle, an acclaimed ballad singer from Rural Retreat, VA, and Baltimore based multi-instrumentalist Anna Roberts-Gevalt, have made their most compelling work to date in their new self-titled album on Free Dirt Records. A...