Published: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:43:13 +0000
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZHere's a look at the 50 best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music, from the 1940s through the 60s until today.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWhat is folk music? This may be a topic on which scholars, fans, and artists will never entirely agree, but that's only because folk music is subjective to the people to whom it means something, by definition. Learn more about what folk music is, and what it has been in American history.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWhat's the difference between folk music and country? Learn more about the history of when country and folk music parted ways.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThe folk song is one of the most functional, portable, adaptable and accessible arts of human history. Learn more about American folk music.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZSongs inspired and encouraged the civil rights movement in America (1950s-'60s). These ten earned their place as essential anthems and ballads.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFolk music singers Joan Baez and Bob Dylan wowed audiences whenever they dueted in live concerts. Backstage the pairing was not always so melodic.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThe 1960s folk revival churned out a lot of great songs. Here are the 60 best, listed alphabetically by the artist's first name. If you don't see a song that you think belongs on this list, please drop your vote in the folk music forum.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZHistory of American folk music, from topical and protest music to folk-pop, indie roots, Americana, bluegrass, and other forms of acoustic music.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about the banjo with this list of five essential banjo tunes, for folks learning to play or those who just love the twangy sound.
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2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn the history of this folk song - the lyrics, who recorded it and its connection to the Civil Right movement.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThe Carter Family is one of the most influential families in traditional folk and country music, from the original family band lineup through to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Learn more about the musical contributions of the Carters with this introductory family tree.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFrom his debut at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival to his performance at Martin Luther King Jr's freedom march in Washington, D.C., Bob Dylan spent most of 1962-63 writing
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about the height of the civil rights movement with this look at civil rights and folk music.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThe acoustic guitar remains the most prevalent instrument in Folk music. Here is a list of the guitars most commonly employed by Folk's greatest players.
2017-03-12T11:43:13Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" >countless folksingers (famous and completely
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about the 1950s-1960s folk music revival with this list of important albums, spanning 1952-1965 including Bob Dylan, the Weavers, more.
2017-03-12T11:43:13Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >First off, what
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThe folk revival of the 1960s is often the starting point of fascination with the style for many contemporary folk fans.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZA history of preeminent American songwriter Stephen Foster's 1850 folk song.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFor years following the accident, there was a lot of controversy about its plausibility. Did it really happen? Was Dylan making it up just so he could take a much-needed rest? One rumor even held that the accident was a cover, and that in reality Dylan went into rehab to kick drugs. Even today, the crash is still hotly debated, with fans and scholars still referring to Dylan's career in terms of “Pre-Accident” and “Post-Accident.”
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2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWomen in folk music run the gamut from singer-songwriters to blues guitarists, alt-country crooners and activist protest singers. Learn more about women in folk music, from the legendary trailblazers to the hottest up-and-coming female folksingers. From Janis Ian to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez to Ani DiFranco, this is a list of some of the most important women in American folk music.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLittle did Bob Dylan know, in 1961, that he would end up writing some of the world's most celebrated anthems. What follows is a timeline hitting the peaks and valleys of Dylan's epic and ongoing five-decade career.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZBack in the late 1950s, rock 'n' roll royalty's most distinguished names were typically terse, snappy two-syllable appellations that shook, rattled, and rolled off DJs' tongues like so much cool. For a young rocker like Bob Dylan, the name Zimmerman just wasn't gonna cut it. Read more about how Bobby Zimmerman became Bob Dylan.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZAdvice for songwriters - Quick tips on how to write a great contemporary folk song (though the same idea applies to any style of music).
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZBob Dylan is one of the most influential singer/songwriters ever, whether you're looking at Folk, Pop, or Rock. His career has enjoyed several twists and turns that have kept fans (and often Bob himself) on their toes. If you don't have the patience for Scorsese's very long Documentary on Dylan, have no fear. I'll sum it up for you by ticking off the ten biggest moments at the start of his career.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZHere's a look at the background of some of the most popular and memorable patriotic American folk songs.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThis acoustic instrument was added to the Bluegrass band line-up by Lester Flatt in the 1950s. Learn more.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZJoan Baez has been one of the most ardent activist-folksingers in the history of the craft, and an inspiration to many other artists and fans alike. If you're just learning about Baez's work, here's a playlist of essential Joan Baez songs to help get you started.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFrom Charles Seeger's fascination with American folk music to his children's proliferation (and some would say darn near perfection) of the craft, to the budding careers of his grandchildren, here's a look at the Seeger family tree.
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2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about African-American history and Black History Month by listening to the music of these great African-American folk music artists.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWoody Guthrie was inarguably one of the most important singer-songwriters in the history of contemporary folk music. But his family has followed suit with their insightful, ruminative, and often humorous story-telling songs. Learn more about the Guthrie Family with this quick family tree.
2017-03-12T11:43:13Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >"We Shall Overcome"
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZMandolin is one of the most popular instruments in American folk music and bluegrass. Learn more about the instrument by learning more about all the great artists who have played it through the years. Here's a list of some of the greatest mandolin players of folk and bluegrass music.
2017-03-12T11:43:13Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >"Yankee Doodle"
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZA history of the traditional folk song, covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZA brief history of the American bluegrass music, from the Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZCheck out a brief history of Folk Rock, its artists and characteristics
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZAmerican folk music encompasses all kinds of styles, from political protest music to bluegrass and traditional country, topical songs, love songs, feminist songs, death ballads and beyond. The style has been heavily influenced, though, by some major artists who have come along and left a lasting mark on the field of folk music. Here's a look at some of the most influential American folk artists.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWhether you live in NYC or are just visiting and want to hit up open mic night, here's a look at some of the New York City's nightly open mics.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about seminal folk music supergroup The Weavers, with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWhether you're a fan of guitar or a student, here's a look at ten of the most influential guitarists in American folk music history.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZMardi Gras would be no fun without the incredible music of New Orleans. Learn more about the NoLa celebration with this list of Mardi Gras songs.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFolk music spans a wide variety of artists. These folk music albums are not only the best place to start for new fans, but are a good primer for fans looking to expand their existing collection.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFrom Simon & Garfunkel to the Indigo Girls and Shovels & Rope...folk music duos make some of the best contemporary folk music.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZIndie folk (also occasionally called lo-fi indie) is characterized by a slew of up-and-coming bands who pull influence from traditional and contemporary folk music, classic country, and indie rock. Learn more about indie folk, including recommended artists and albums.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZAlthough Dylan played the song every night during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975, he dropped “Hurricane” from his live set after the Night of the Hurricane II benefit in January 1976 and hasn't performed it to this day. It's every diehard Dylanite's deep-seated fantasy that someday, somehow, he or she will be in the front row when Dylan finally decides to shake the tree. Readore about Dylan's song
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZAni Difranco is one of the most prolific and respected artists in contemporary American folk music. With 20 years and nearly 20 albums under her belt, tireless touring, and a record company all her own, Ani DiFranco has inspired and influenced countless artists. Learn more about Ani DiFranco, including recommended CDs, MP3s, interviews, concert reviews, and more.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about the rich history of protest music in American folk, with this list of essential protest songs.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZList of protest songs written about the George W. Bush administration, the War in Iraq, and other millennial political issues.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZA prodigious fiddle player and protege of Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss and her band Union Station are one of the hottest and most talented bluegrass music groups around.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThe 1990s were a vibrant, versatile time in American folk music, as alt-country and the folk-punk realm both picked up steam and changed the face of contemporary folk music. Meanwhile, artists that had been around for decades also continued to put out excellent records and keep their hats in the ring. Learn more about contemporary folk music with this look at the 15 best folk, bluegrass, and alt-country albums of the 1990s.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZOne of the best ways to learn more about the music Pete Seeger made, is to learn to sing the songs he sang. Here are some of the essentials.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZProtest is remarkable for many reasons, but mostly for the fact that it helps people realize they're not alone in feeling a spirit of dissent against certain injustices, whether on a personal or more overarching governmental level. Learn more about American protest music, topical folk songs, political folksingers, and protest singers.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about the influence of African-American music on the evolution of American folk music, with this brief history.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZSeattle has a burgeoning folk and roots music scene. Here are opportunities to join not only open mic nights, but also community jam sessions and song swaps.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFrom Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell to Ani Difranco, here's a look at ten of the best American folk music singer/songwriters of all time.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZJohn Carter Cash is the son of June Carter and Johnny Cash, and has proven to be adept at carrying on the family business of making music. In addition to being an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, John Carter Cash is also a highly respected producer in the folk and Americana worlds. Learn more about John Carter Cash with this introductory bio and profile.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) with this biography and profile, including recommended albums and songs.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZArlo Guthrie is a different kind of songwriter from his father Woody Guthrie, but no less of an American treasure. His music has spanned and influenced generations of songwriters. Learn more about Arlo Guthrie's gift with this introductory look at five essential Arlo Guthrie songs.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZBob Dylan is the king of changing styles, and one of American folk music's most prolific and influential singer/songwriters.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about the man credited with starting American bluegrass - mandolin master, extraordinaire Bill Monroe.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFolk music has a long relationship with labor struggles, and particularly labor unions. Here's a peak at some of the most notable, most fun, and most poignant labor tunes in Folk history.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFrom the innovators who spun bluegrass into being back in its earliest days, to the imaginative innovators who continue to keep bluegrass alive and relevant, the genre is replete with full-throttle, hugely talented instrumentalists. Here's a look at a few of the players whose work helped define the genre, and those who are helping it stay strong for generations to come.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about Ani DiFranco with this list of some of her very best songs, from protest songs to love songs and beyond.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZJohn Henry is a legend of American folklore and American folk music. Learn more about the music which has been inspired by and attributed to one of the American labor movemnet's greatest legendary heroes. Here's a look at the folk song history of John Henry.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWhen Bob Dylan went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, it would be the biggest artistic statement of Dylan's career, soarking a controversy that still haunts him to this day. Read more about this breakthrough moment in American folk and rock history.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about Pete Seeger's remarkable influence on American folk music with this list of songs he wrote or popularized, recorded by other people.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about Patty Griffin through these, some of her best songs and essential recordings.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLester Flatt is often considered one of the greatest bluegrass artists of all time. As an early member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and then through nearly 20 years of collaboration with Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt made an indelible mark on American bluegrass.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZCarlene Carter is carrying on the legacy of her incredibly talented family, making music which straddles the line between folk and country and endearing her story to a new generation of listeners. Check out this bio and profile for more information about Carlene Carter.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFolk-blues troubador Greg Brown is best known for his low, grumbly voice and smooth, poetic lyrics that knock you silly.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about Alison Krauss with this look at some of her best songs, wiht and without Union Station.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZAlternate guitar tunings are a surefire way to pop your strumming hand out of a creative slump.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZPatty Griffin certainly isn't the first artist—and by no means the first folk singer-songwriter—to have penned a tune inspired by Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. But this song, from her 2007 album 'Children Running Through,' has made waves throughout the music community.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZAnais Mitchell is perhaps one of the most talented lesser-known singer-songwriters at work in the folk realm. Her 'Hadestown' folk opera has been impressing audiences all over the world and, in 2012, she'll release a new album as a follow-up. Learn more about Anais Mitchell with this introductory bio and profile.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZLearn more about Pete Seeger with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZBob Dylan has been one of the most dynamic artists in the history of modern American music. Here's a look at five of Bob Dylan's best albums.
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2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFrom Pete Seeger to Jerry Garcia and beyond, here's a look at some of the best folk music for children.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZAni DiFranco's 'Red Letter Year' CD was one of the most celebrated releases of 2008. Once the public had a few months to digest it, she was kind enough to take the time to chat with me about the media's fascination with her happiness, among other things.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWhether you're camping in the summer or having a midwinter jam in your living room, here's a look at some classic sing-along campfire songs.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZEver since Mumford & Sons popped on the scene in the US, plenty of words have been spilled about some shocking new folk-rock movement. Meanwhile, in the folk world, we've been seeing new folk-rock bands pop up for years. From the ever-burgeoning Seattle music scene to folks pouring out of Toronto and even elsewhere in the UK, there is plenty of folk-rock love to go around, well beyond the incredible appeal of Mumford & Sons. But, if you like Mumford, you'll love these other bands.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZDiving into Bob Dylan's music catalog can be a little overwhelming. Check out this list of Bob Dylan's best songs for some tips on where to start.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThere are a lot of great folk music movies and documentaries in the world. Here's a look at seven of the best folk music documentaries.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZAmericana music pulls from all areas of the music that has defined American culture, from R&B to country, bluegrass to indie rock. Americana artists frequently pull from traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass, country, alt-country, soul, gospel, and rock. While this may sound a bit vague or confluent, Americana artists and fans are content to say they know it when they hear it.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZInarguably the godmother of modern folk music, Joan Baaez is one of the most devoted singer/songwriter/activists.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZBased on the classic hymn. Folk Music.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZDave Van Ronk, often called the Mayor of MacDougal Street, was highly influential during the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThroughout his career as a songwriter, Bob Dylan has appeared in more than a dozen films. From his own four-hour epic, Renaldo and Clara, to Martin Scorcese's documentary No Direction Home, to cameo roles in B-grade classics like Backtrack and Paradise Cove, check out this chronology of everything Dylan has ever appeared in on the big screen.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZFolk artists have been talking about the environment since long before there was a "green movement" to
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZWhen it comes to creative freedom, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan have been two of the most historically defiant risk-takers among American singer-songwriters. Loyal only to the muse, it was inevitable that the paths of these two visionaries would eclipse. Read all about Bob Dylan's lifelong friendship with Johnny Cash here.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZProfile and statistics about the Coen Brothers movie O Brother Where Art Thou (starrubg George Clooney) and its Grammy-winning folk music soundtrack.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZThere is no such thing as men's history month. Rather than talk about why, I figured it was only fair to point out the great contributions men have made to American folk music. Since this site already contained a countdown of the important women, why not give equal mention to the men? So here you have it: my top ten picks of the most important men in American folk music.
2017-03-12T11:43:13ZSinger/Songwriter Brandi Carlile and her twin collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth have been playing together for five years now; but with the release of the band's latest effort The Story, they're drawing in sold out crowds across the country. Carlile's summer tour takes her and the twins to pretty much every corner of the continental U.S. Despite the hectic pace of her schedule, in the midst of her tour with the Indigo Girls, Carlile was kind enough to take some time out for this interview.