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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:17:32 +0000

 



50 Best Folk Music Artists of All Time

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Here'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.



"Deck the Halls" - Traditional

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10 Essential Songs from the Civil Rights Movement

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Songs inspired and encouraged the civil rights movement in America (1950s-'60s). These ten earned their place as essential anthems and ballads.



Folk Song History of We Wish You a Merry...

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"Over the River and Through the Woods"

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"Over the River and Through the Woods" is widely known as one of the most beloved songs about Thanksgiving



All About the Folk Revival

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

The folk revival of the 1960s is often the starting point of fascination with the style for many contemporary folk fans.






A Closer Look at Bob Dylan's 'Protest' Songs

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

From 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



Bob Dylan and Joan Baez: The King and Queen of...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Folk music singers Joan Baez and Bob Dylan wowed audiences whenever they dueted in live concerts. Backstage the pairing was not always so melodic.



The 5 Best Banjo Songs Ever

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Learn 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.



What's the difference between folk and acoustic...

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How is Folk Music Different From Country?

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What's the difference between folk music and country? Learn more about the history of when country and folk music parted ways.



Bob Dylan Timeline

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Little 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.



What Is Folk Music?

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

What 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.



The Story Behind the Song: Guantanamera

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History of O Christmas Tree

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Bob Dylan's Motorcycle Accident: The Whole Story

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For 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.”



The Fascinating History of American Folk Music

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

History of American folk music, from topical and protest music to folk-pop, indie roots, Americana, bluegrass, and other forms of acoustic music.



Important Albums of the 1960s Folk Revival

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Learn more about the 1950s-1960s folk music revival with this list of important albums, spanning 1952-1965 including Bob Dylan, the Weavers, more.



Top 10 Best Moments in Bob Dylan's Early Career

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Bob 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.



10 Most Influential Folk Music Artists of All...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

American 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.



Folk Music and the Civil Rights Movement

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Learn more about the height of the civil rights movement with this look at civil rights and folk music.



The 10 Best Guitars for Folk Musicians

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

The 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.



Wondering What a Folk Song Is? Here's the Answer

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

The folk song is one of the most functional, portable, adaptable and accessible arts of human history. Learn more about American folk music.



Joan Baez's Best Songs

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Joan 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.



Holiday Folk Music CDs

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As the holidays approach, here's a look at some of the most notable holiday folk music CDs to get you in the spirit.



Bluegrass Music from Foggy Mountain Boys to...

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A brief history of the American bluegrass music, from the Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek.



How To Write a Folk Song

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Advice for songwriters - Quick tips on how to write a great contemporary folk song (though the same idea applies to any style of music).



10 Essential Folk Music Singer-Songwriters

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From 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.



60 Best Songs of the 1960s Folk Revival

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The 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.



History of an American Folk Song: "We Shall...

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Who Wrote and Recorded "If I Had a Hammer"?

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How Bobby Zimmerman Became Bob Dylan

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Back 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.



"I've Been Working on the Railroad" - Traditional

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Nickel Creek

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Nickel Creek was a leading force in progressive bluegrass until they split in 2007. They reunited in 2013 ... Learn more about Nicekl Creek.



Folk Song History of Oh Susanna

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Great Mandolin Players in Folk and Bluegrass

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Mandolin 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.



History and Overview of Folk Rock

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Check out a brief history of Folk Rock, its artists and characteristics



Protest Singers - Where are the Protest Singers

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Folk Music today may not look like it did a hundred years ago, or even just thirty years ago, but it’s not the only thing that has changed. Folk is nothing if not adequately commenting on the times in which it exists.



The 10 Best Bluegrass Artists of All Time

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Learn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.



New York Open Mic - An (Incomplete) Listing

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Whether 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.



Emmylou Harris

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Learn more about Emmylou Harris with this introductory biography and profile.



"Yankee Doodle" - Traditional

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Discover Folk Music's Greatest Female Musicians

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Women 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.



Bluegrass and Folk Music Instruments

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Classic Anti-War Protest Songs

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Learn more about the rich history of protest music in American folk, with this list of essential protest songs.



Who Were The Weavers?

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Learn more about seminal folk music supergroup The Weavers, with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.



Why Folk Singer Pete Seeger Was Important

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Pete Seeger's legacy in social justice work is strong, but his influence on American folk music is palpable. Learn more with this brief history.



Bob Dylan's “Hurricane”: The Story...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Although 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



The Story Behind the Song: Michael Row the Boat...

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Essential Bluegrass Pickers

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

From 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.



"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" - Johnny Marks

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

The story behind the folk song Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.



All About Protest Music

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Protest 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.



Essential Pete Seeger Songs

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

One 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.



"Silent Night"

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History of "Silent Night" "Silent Night" is actually an Austrian hymn titled "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht."



Open Mic Nights in Seattle

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Seattle 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.



Bob Dylan

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Bob Dylan is the king of changing styles, and one of American folk music's most prolific and influential singer/songwriters.



Background and History of Patriotic American...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Here's a look at the background of some of the most popular and memorable patriotic American folk songs.



Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

When 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.



Why Does Protest Music Work?

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

I remember the first time I saw the full original version of " This Land is Your Land ," when I really



Important African-American Folk Music Artists

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Learn more about African-American history and Black History Month by listening to the music of these great African-American folk music artists.



Americana Music Characteristics and History

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Americana 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.



All About Woody Guthrie

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Best Folk Music Albums

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Folk 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.



Profile of the Carter Family Tree

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

The 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.



"This Little Light of Mine"

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Learn the history of this folk song - the lyrics, who recorded it and its connection to the Civil Right movement.



Wondering What a 'Dobro' Is? Here's the Answer

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

This acoustic instrument was added to the Bluegrass band line-up by Lester Flatt in the 1950s. Learn more.



Folk Song History of 'Camptown Races (Do Dah)'

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

A history of preeminent American songwriter Stephen Foster's 1850 folk song.



Bob Dylan's Best Songs

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Diving 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.



History of an American Folk Song: Goodnight Irene

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Indie Folk

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Indie 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.



All About the Guthrie Family Tree

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Woody 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.



Essential Folk Music Labor Songs

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Folk 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.



Essential Bob Dylan Albums

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Bob 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.



Almanac Singers

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

The Alamanac Singers were the first American folk music group to organize and popularize protest and political music.



"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" - Traditional

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Based on the classic hymn. Folk Music.



The Most Influential Men of Folk Music

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

There 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.



Bob Dylan's 1963 Emergency Civil Liberties Speech

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

The 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.



History of African-American Folk Music

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Learn more about the influence of African-American music on the evolution of American folk music, with this brief history.



Best Folk Music of the 1990s

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

The 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.



Lesser-Known Folk Rock Bands Like Mumford and...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Ever 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.



Best American Folk Music Nonsense Songs

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Contrary to popular belief, not all folk songs are about politics, war, disaster, and serious social



"Scarborough Fair" - Traditional/Simon and...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

A history of the traditional folk song, covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s.



Best Folk Music Documentaries

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

There 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.



A Timeline of the Popularization of American...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date



Who Is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's “Ballad...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

So just who is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's song,



Bob Dylan in Movies

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Throughout 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.



Bob Dylan, Plagiarist?

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Bob 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?



Famous Folk Music Duos

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

From Simon & Garfunkel to the Indigo Girls and Shovels & Rope...folk music duos make some of the best contemporary folk music.



"House of the Rising Sun"

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Folk Song History of House of the Rising Sun



Protest Songs Against the Iraq War and George...

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

List of protest songs written about the George W. Bush administration, the War in Iraq, and other millennial political issues.



Essential Mardi Gras Songs

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Mardi 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.



Thanksgiving Songs

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Even 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.



Patty Griffin's Best Songs

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Learn more about Patty Griffin through these, some of her best songs and essential recordings.



Carlene Carter

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Carlene 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.



Best Political and Protest Folk Music Artists

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

A 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.



Try Alternate Tunings

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

Alternate guitar tunings are a surefire way to pop your strumming hand out of a creative slump.



The 1965 Newport Folk Festival Controversy

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

When 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.



"John Henry"

2016-12-07T11:17:32Z

John 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.