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Folk Festivals

Folk music festivals are one of the best ways to learn about new artists and all the variant styles of American folk and roots music. Keep your eyes here for news and information about noteworthy folk and Americana festivals.
  1. Folk Alliance (4)
  2. Pickathon (2)
  3. Rocky Mt. Folks Festival (5)
  4. Wintergrass (5)

Artists to Watch at Merlefest 2011
Merlefest 2011 boasts a lineup which includes musical giants like Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett, and so many more. It goes without saying you'll want to catch these headliners, but which smaller acts do you want to make sure not to miss? Here's a guide to five artists to watch at Merlefest 2011.

Folk and Americana Artists to Watch at SXSW 2011
South by Southwest (SXSW), to the unprepared festivarian, can either be a limitless adventure or a quickly overwhelming wall of sound. Here's a guide to some of the the best folk, roots, and Americana artists you won't want to miss at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2011.

Best of Cayamo 2011
The 2011 Cayamo music cruise featured performances by John Prine, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, the Indigo Girls, and numerous other artists who could be considered the best folk and roots artists at work these days. Here's a look at some of the highlights from Cayamo 2011.

Best of Pickathon 2010
Pickathon 2010 was a monster of a music festival, welcoming bluegrass, old time, contemporary folk, Cajun music, and folk-influenced rock and roll. Here's a look at some of the finest performances from Pickathon 2010.

Artists to Watch at Newport Folk Festival 2010
Newport Folk Festival has a long history of being one of the most beloved American folk music festivals. Though their lineup these days encompasses many styles of music outside of what's generally considered "folk," it's still a huge destination for fans of American folk music.

Artists to Watch at Merlefest 2010
Merlefest is one of the most well-attended annual music festivals for fans of folk, roots, Americana, and bluegrass music. Because a festival like Merlefest has such a long roster of outstanding acts, planning out what you're going to see can get overwhelming quickly. If you're headed to Wilkesboro, NC, for Merlefest 2010, you'll want to make sure not to miss these five artists.

Favorite Folk Festivals - What's Your Favorite Folk Music Festival?
Folk music festivals are one of the most fun ways to spend your summer vacation or road trip. Share your favorite festival or summer concert experience.

Share your Merlefest stories and photos
Merlefest is one of the largest and most beloved American folk music festivals, taking place each spring in Wilkesboro, NC. Have you been to Merlefest? Here's a chance to share your favorite stories, photos, and memories from Merlefests past.See submissions

Highlights from Cayamo 2010
The annual Cayamo music cruise is one of the finest floating festivals available for fans of American folk and roots music. Here's a look at some of the best performances from Cayamo 2010.

Artists to Watch at Bonnaroo 2010
Bonnaroo has become one of the largest, most well-attended all-genre music festivals in the country. If you're planning on heading to Tennessee for this four-day immersion in American music, be sure to check out these artists - five of the finest folk and Americana artists on the 2010 Bonnaroo schedule.

Artists to Watch at George Wein's 50th Folk Festival
George Wein's Folk Festival (aka Newport Folk Festival) is marking its historical 50th year in 2009. One of the longest running and most historically important American folk and roots music festivals, everyone of any import in contemporary folk music has graced that stage at some point in their career.

Artists to Watch at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2009
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is one of the most well-attended, well-respected folk music festivals in North America. Each year, folk artists and fans converge on a farm in Hillsdale, New York, to celebrate some of the best in contemporary folk music. Here are five artists you don't want to miss if you're headed to Falcon Ridge 2009.

Artists to Watch at Kerrville Folk Festival 2009
Kerrville Folk Festival is one of the oldest, largest, most well-attended and well-respected folk music festivals in North America. Running annually for two weeks in late May/early June, Kerrville presents the best in established and up-and-coming singer-songwriters.

Merlefest 2009 Artists to Watch
Merlefest 2009 will be held the weekend of April 23-26 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. While there are plenty of big names and no-brainers on the line-up, you may be wondering which of the relative unknowns you should check out. If you're headed out to Merlefest, here's a quick and easy list of five bands you don't want to miss in 2009.

2009 Recommended SXSW Showcases
South by Southwest (SXSW) isn't always known as the world's greatest folk festival, but there are plenty of folk, bluegrass, and alt-country artists that are well worth checking out this year. Here's a quick and easy list of five South by Southwest showcases you don't want to miss

Artists to Watch at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2008
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is one of the largest free music festivals in the country, and it can be overwhelming to decide where in Golden Gate Park to spend the better part of your time at this festival. Here's a guide to the top five artists you should not miss at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2008.

Artists to Watch at Newport Folk Festival 2008
A lot has changed since Newport Folk Festival's glory days during the 1960s folk revival, but there are still plenty of artists on the roster you don't want to miss this …

Artists to Watch at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Here's your guide to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2008. It should be easy to figure out which big-named artists you want to check out. But, what lesser-known artists should you not miss this year? Here are my top five recommendations.

Artists to Watch at Kerrville 2008
Kerrville Folk Festival is one of the biggest, longest folk music festivals in America. If you're heading to Texas for the festivities this year, here are a few of the artists you want to make sure not to miss.

Artists You Don't Want to Miss at MerleFest 2008
Merlefest 2008 will be held the weekend of April 24-27 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. If you're headed to one of the folk and bluegrass world's favorite festivals, here's a list of artists you won't want to miss.

Folk Artists You Don't Want to Miss at SXSW 2008
I won't be at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year but, if I were going, the following are the artists I would make sure not to miss.

Clearwater Festival Celebrates 40 Years
In 1966, Pete Seeger invited some friends out for an afternoon on someone's lawn. Since then, the Clearwater Festival (formerly the Great Hudson River Revival), has grown into an annual affair that draws nearly 15,000 visitors.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival User's Guide
Meet one of the largest Folk Festivals in the US, and one of the most widely-attended

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Photo Gallery
Photos from the 2006 San Francisco Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Kerville Folk Festival User's Guide
A quick users guide to the Kerrville Folk Festival

Northwest Folklife Festival User's Guide
Everything you need to know to enjoy one of the largest free music festivals in North America.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
One of the largest in the country!

Moab Folk Festival
A 100% wind-powered folk festival durin autumn in the heart of gorgeous Utah.

Kerrville Folk Festival
The longest-running festival in the states

Nebraska Bluegrass Festival
A brand new festival that takes place in Lincoln, NE, in mid-autumn.

Newport Folk Festival
One of the original festivals for Singer/Songwriters

Ohio River Valley Folk Festival
A mid-west springtime festival in Madison, Indiana.

Philadelphia Folk Festival
An urban festival for Folk and Bluegrass

Taos Solar Music Festival
This annual music festival is one of the most eco-friendly festivals around, focusing on raising awareness for solar energy and other ecological necessities.

All About Newport Folk Festival
For more than 50 years, the Newport Folk Festival has presented the finest in American folk and roots music - from traditional Cajun groups to groundbreaking blues artists and singer-songwriters. Many of music's greatest legends have graced the Newport stage - Muddy Waters, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, and beyond. Learn more...

Folk and Americana Artists to Watch at Lollapalooza 2011
Lollapalooza isn't exactly known as a folk festival - it was started by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, for example. But, in 2011, the folks at Lollapalooza seem to have surprisingly loaded the lineup with folk- and Americana-friendly acts. Should you - a folk superfan - find yourself at Lollapalooza this year, whether with your kids or...

Folk and Americana Artists to Watch at SXSW 2012
If you're heading to Austin for South by Southwest, check out this quick guide to five artists you don't want to miss at SXSW 2012.

Artists to Watch at Merlefest 2012
Before you head to Wilkesboro, NC, to catch Merlefest's 25th anniversary, check out this list of five artists to watch at this year's festival.

Artists to Watch at Telluride 2012
If you're heading to Telluride in 2012, you won't want to miss these five great artists.

Artists to Watch at the 2012 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference
If you're headed to the 2012 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference (or even if you're not), make sure to catch these five great artists.

Artists to Watch at Acl Fest 2012
Find out which artists you absolutely don't want to miss at the 2012 Austin City Limits Festival with this quick look at our Top Six.

Highlights of Newport Folk Festival 2013
The 2013 Newport Folk Festival was full of outstanding performances from across the folk and roots music spectrum. Here's a look at some of the best.

Artists to Watch at the 2013 Americana Music Festival
If you're heading to Nashville for the 2013 Americana Music Association Conference and Festival, you'll want to be sure to catch these artists sometime during that week. Here are my recommendations of artists to watch at the 2013 AMAs.

Artists to Watch at Folk Alliance 2014
A guide to some must-see artists from the Folk Alliance International Conference 2014.

Artists to Watch at Newport Folk Festival 2013
Whether or not you're headed to Newport Folk Festival 2013, check out these five artists you won't want to let pass you by.

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