By Kim Ruehl
- New Releases, Recent Reviews
- Classics and Essentials
- New Folks and Up-and-Comers
- Books and Movies About Folk Music
New Releases, Recent Reviews
Check out some of the latest albums released by old and new artists alike. This is where you'll find the albums I recommend for folk, bluegrass, alt-country, folk-rock and protest singers alike.
- Amanda Shires - 'Down Fell the Doves'
- Aoife O'Donovan - 'Fossils'
- The Civil Wars - Self-titled
- Claire Lynch - 'Dear Sister'
- Elizabeth Mitchel & Dan Zanes - 'Turn Turn Turn'
- Holly Williams - 'The Highway'
- Kris Kristofferson - 'Feeling Mortal'
- Mary Gauthier - 'Live at Blue Rock'
- Melissa Ferrick - 'The Truth Is'
- Patty Griffin - 'American Kid'
- Pete Seeger - 'Pete Remembers Woody'
- Ruth Moody - 'These Wilder Things'
- 'This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark'
- Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott - 'Memories & Moments'
- Townes Van Zandt - 'Sunshine Boy'
Classics and Essentials
The best way to learn about folk music is to start with the classic essential folk artists and CDs.
- Top 10 Essential Folk CDs
- Folk Music Guitar Greats
- Important African-American Artists
- Most Influential Folk Artists
- Best Folk Duos and Collaborators
- Top 10 Singer/Songwriters
- Essential Bob Dylan Albums
- Folk Albums for Kids
- Essential Ramblin' Jack Albums
New Folks and Up-and-Comers
Here are some of the best new artists and unknowns, their CDs and information about their live shows.
- Andrew Duhon
- Anthony da Costa
- Aoife O'Donovan (of Crooked Still)
- Birds of Chicago
- The Chapin Sisters
- Elephant Revival
- Hurray for the Riff Raff
- Ruth Moody (of the Wailin' Jennys)
- The Stray Birds
- Tall Heights
- Albums to Watch in Early 2013
- Best New Folk Artists of the 2000s
- New Folk Women to Watch
Books and Movies About Folk Music
If CDs aren't enough folk music for you, here are some books and movies you should check out to learn more.
- Essential Books about Protest Music
- Best Folk Music Movies
- 'Bob Dylan 1990-2006: The Never-Ending Narrative' (documentary)
- 'Chasin' Gus' Ghost' (film about jug bands)
- 'Joan Baez: Carry It On' (documentary)
- 'Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound' (documentary)
- 'I'm Not There' (film about Bob Dylan)