Favorite Sessions

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

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

Tift Merritt Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Tift Merritt On Mountain Stage

The alt-country singer-songwriter plays old and new material, both solo and with the house band.

Listen Loading… 25:52
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/465460741/465461098" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Nels Cline and Julian Lage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Nels Cline And Julian Lage On Mountain Stage

The genre-straddling star guitarists perform together with fluidity, precision and grace.

Listen Loading… 23:36
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/463034184/463037835" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Darlingside. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Darlingside On Mountain Stage

Hear from the Massachusetts folk-pop band, which made host Larry Groce's favorite song of 2015.

Listen Loading… 20:54
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/461593577/461597052" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Mavericks perform at the 2015 Americana Music Awards. High Five Entertainment hide caption

toggle caption High Five Entertainment

Music

The Mavericks, 'Pardon Me'

XPN

The band has long challenged musical boundaries. It performs at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

Buffy Saint-Marie performs her song "Universal Soldier" at the 2015 Americana Music Awards. High Five Entertainment hide caption

toggle caption High Five Entertainment

Music

Buffy Sainte-Marie, 'Universal Soldier'

XPN

A cultural icon performs her classic pacifist anthem solo at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

Back To Top

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor