Favorite Sessions

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line: Hootenanny, Anyone?Folk Alley

It's no surprise that Brent Truitt was the producer on tap for Nora Jane Struthers' new second album, Carnival. Truitt is best known for his work with Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton — three artists whose music, if you could melt it down and mix it all together, might come out sounding like Struthers and her backup band, The Party Line.

Here, in the tune after which she named the group, Struthers sings an old-timey country song about an old-timey country tradition, in a voice as sweet as honeysuckle. Fiddle lines from the gifted Aaron Jonah Lewis and duet vocals by banjo player Joe Overton round out the foot-tapping, spirited interplay. This is real country music — nothing but a handful of strings and vocals, brought home by way of Struthers' innate charm.

Credits
  • Recorded at Folk Alliance International in Toronto, Ontario
  • Producers: Linda Fahey & Beehive Productions
  • Audio: Jeff Oehler
  • Video: Susan Bibeau
  • Cameras: Susan Bibeau, Jon Nungesser, Linda Fahey
[+] read more[-] less

More From Folk

We Banjo 3 performs live for Mountain Stage in Charleston, W.Va. Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

We Banjo 3 On Mountain Stage

Hear the Irish band play its mix of swing, soul and banjo live onstage in West Virginia.

We Banjo 3 On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503977533/503977663" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Shovels & Rope performs live for Mountain Stage in Charleston, W.Va. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Shovels & Rope On Mountain Stage

Hear the husband-and-wife roots duo perform new songs from Little Seeds onstage in West Virginia.

Shovels & Rope On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503049532/503051029" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Foy Vance performs live for Mountain Stage in Charleston, W.Va.'s Clay Center. Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Foy Vance On Mountain Stage

The Northern Irish singer-songwriter plays new songs from The Wild Swan live in West Virginia.

Foy Vance On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/502311966/502319388" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Dan Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman performing live for Mountain Stage in Elkins, W.Va. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Dan Tyminski And Ronnie Bowman On Mountain Stage

The two beloved bluegrass vocalists come together for a live performance in Elkins, W.Va.

Dan Tyminski And Ronnie Bowman On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/501614649/501629008" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Steel Wheels, performing in their hometown of Harrisonburg, Va. for Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

The Steel Wheels On Mountain Stage

Hear a live set recorded in the Americana band's hometown of Harrisonburg, Va.

The Steel Wheels On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/498577615/498590282" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Rhiannon Giddens performs live at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va. Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Rhiannon Giddens On Mountain Stage

The singer and banjo player performs live at the Augusta Heritage Festival in West Virginia.

Rhiannon Giddens On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/497716213/497837396" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Leftover Salmon performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Leftover Salmon On Mountain Stage

The veteran band plays its unique blend of country, bluegrass and Cajun music live in West Virginia.

Leftover Salmon On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/496692193/496694872" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Rachael Yamagata performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Rachael Yamagata On Mountain Stage

The singer-songwriter plays new songs from Tightrope Walker onstage in West Virginia.

Rachael Yamagata On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/495069524/495080069" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top