Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:25:25 +0000
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFolk music singers Joan Baez and Bob Dylan wowed audiences whenever they dueted in live concerts. Backstage the pairing was not always so melodic.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZHere'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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLittle 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFor 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.”
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZSongs inspired and encouraged the civil rights movement in America (1950s-'60s). These ten earned their place as essential anthems and ballads.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZJoan 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZBack 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZBob 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFrom 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
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThe folk revival of the 1960s is often the starting point of fascination with the style for many contemporary folk fans.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZBob Dylan and Plagiarism: the ethics of Bob Dylan's songwriting style. After Joni Mitchell's comments to the LA Times accusing Bob Dylan of plagiarism, we're wondering...is Bob Dylan really a plagiarist?
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZWhat's the difference between folk music and country? Learn more about the history of when country and folk music parted ways.
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2016-10-24T11:25:25ZWhat 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about the 1950s-1960s folk music revival with this list of important albums, spanning 1952-1965 including Bob Dylan, the Weavers, more.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThe 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZHistory of American folk music, from topical and protest music to folk-pop, indie roots, Americana, bluegrass, and other forms of acoustic music.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZAmerican 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThe 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about the height of the civil rights movement with this look at civil rights and folk music.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZDiving 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZA brief history of the American bluegrass music, from the Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZBob Dylan is the king of changing styles, and one of American folk music's most prolific and influential singer/songwriters.
2016-10-24T11:25:25Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" >countless folksingers (famous and completely
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThe folk song is one of the most functional, portable, adaptable and accessible arts of human history. Learn more about American folk music.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZBob 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZWhether 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.
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2016-10-24T11:25:25ZAdvice for songwriters - Quick tips on how to write a great contemporary folk song (though the same idea applies to any style of music).
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2016-10-24T11:25:25ZAlthough 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
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZMandolin 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFrom 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZCheck out a brief history of Folk Rock, its artists and characteristics
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZBeware Mr. Jones... In his 2007 film, Todd Haynes takes a multi-layered, complex subject, boiling events between 1961-79 down to interpretations. Sometimes those interpretations are literal, at other times abstract, but they never stray far from the general consensus among biographers. With such an ambitious project, there's always the risk of alienating the audience. But bottom line: this is for advanced Dylan fans who come equipped with a healthy smidgeon of background knowledge.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZWomen 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.
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2016-10-24T11:25:25ZHere's a look at the background of some of the most popular and memorable patriotic American folk songs.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZOn June 9, 1970, during one of the lowest points of his career, Bob Dylan was the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Music at the venerable Princeton University. Having just turned 30 two weeks before (and just about to release his all-time worst album, Self Portrait), Dylan rolled up at Nassau Hall in a 1968 Buick Electra, flanked by his wife Sara, David Crosby, and Ben Salzman, his music publisher's husband...
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZWhen Bob Dylan unfurled the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975, it was a time-stopping burst of brilliance that helped define an age. Dylan's gypsy road show paid tribute to the longstanding tradition of American bohemianism. Read more about this seminal moment in American music history.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about Emmylou Harris with this introductory biography and profile.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about the rich history of protest music in American folk, with this list of essential protest songs.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZNickel Creek was a leading force in progressive bluegrass until they split in 2007. They reunited in 2013 ... Learn more about Nicekl Creek.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZWhen 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZEven though Thanksgiving is a holiday focused on family and friends and the expression of gratitude (all very emotionally charged things), it's a day somewhat lacking in music. But, rest assured, there are indeed a few Thanksgiving songs worth spending time spinning while you stuff the bird. Here's a look at five essential Thanksgiving songs to get your playlist started right.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about African-American history and Black History Month by listening to the music of these great African-American folk music artists.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThroughout 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.
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2016-10-24T11:25:25ZPete Seeger's legacy in social justice work is strong, but his influence on American folk music is palpable. Learn more with this brief history.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFolk Music today may not look like it did a hundred years ago, or even just thirty years ago, but its not the only thing that has changed. Folk is nothing if not adequately commenting on the times in which it exists.
2016-10-24T11:25:25Z"Over the River and Through the Woods" is widely known as one of the most beloved songs about Thanksgiving
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFrom 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.
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2016-10-24T11:25:25ZOne 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.
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2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about seminal folk music supergroup The Weavers, with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn the history of this folk song - the lyrics, who recorded it and its connection to the Civil Right movement.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZInarguably the godmother of modern folk music, Joan Baaez is one of the most devoted singer/songwriter/activists.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZSeattle 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThere 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFolk 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.
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2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThe evening was about to get ugly. For anyone else, it would have been career suicide, but in December 1963, an outspoken and half drunk Bob Dylan's career arc was straight up. The occasion was the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee's annual Bill of Rights dinner, when the organization gave its Tom Paine Award to some distinguished individual. This year, it was Dylan.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZWoody 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFolk Song History of House of the Rising Sun
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZProtest 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThe 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25Znot continue?""> I remember the first time I saw the full original version of " This Land is Your Land
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZEver 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZA history of preeminent American songwriter Stephen Foster's 1850 folk song.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about the influence of African-American music on the evolution of American folk music, with this brief history.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFolk 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZA history of the traditional folk song, covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThis acoustic instrument was added to the Bluegrass band line-up by Lester Flatt in the 1950s. Learn more.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZSo just who is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's song,
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZJohn 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZAmerican folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZA look at some of the best contemporary American protest singers, including artists who sang for the Civil Rights, feminist, and peace movements, and those who have stood for the environment, LGBT rights, and other causes important to people everywhere.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about Patty Griffin through these, some of her best songs and essential recordings.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about Ani DiFranco with this list of some of her very best songs, from protest songs to love songs and beyond.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZWhen 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZIndie 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThere 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThe 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLester 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.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFrom Pete Seeger to Jerry Garcia and beyond, here's a look at some of the best folk music for children.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZBased on the classic hymn. Folk Music.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThere's much controversy as to what inspired John Hammond—Columbia Records' all-time greatest A&R man—into signing Bob Dylan to the label. Some say it was Robert Shelton's legendary review in the New York Times. Others claim Hammond already had Dylan in his sights when the review was published. Either way, on September 30, 1961, Dylan found himself sitting signing on a dotted line that would over time make Columbia Records his home record label for what now amounts to five decades.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZThe Alamanac Singers were the first American folk music group to organize and popularize protest and political music.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZFrom Simon & Garfunkel to the Indigo Girls and Shovels & Rope...folk music duos make some of the best contemporary folk music.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZClaire Lynch is one of the darlings of the International Bluegrass Music Association, having taken home its Best Female Vocalist honor a number of years.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZLearn more about Pete Seeger with this moving documentary by PBS, covering the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, Newport Folk Festival, and more.
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZContrary to popular belief, not all folk songs are about politics, war, disaster, and serious social
2016-10-24T11:25:25ZAmericana 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.