Some fine old-time folk tunes from Tom Paley will be released tomorrow as Beware Young Ladies! (buy it) on Swedish label Gravitation. 79-year-old Paley is best known as a banjo player and former bandmate of Pete Seeger in the 1950s, and later a member of the New Lost City Ramblers and the Old Reliable String Band. You can stream a number of the songs on Gravitation's web site, including a version of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times" with affecting vocals for the ages.
Also out is Bay Area songwriter Sonny Smith's Fruitvale (buy it), a concept album about the title's neighborhood in Oakland. Edith Frost and Kelly Hogan lend vocals to the affair; he's toured with Neko Case. Looking forward to hearing this one based on the preview track.