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Folk Music: Most Popular Articles

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The Best Folk Music Artists of All Time
Here's a look at the best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music.
60 Best Songs of the 1960s Folk Revival
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.
What Is Folk Music?
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 10 Best Guitars for Folk Musicians
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.
Bob Dylan's Motorcycle Accident: The Whole Story
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
History of American folk music, from topical and protest music to folk-pop, indie roots, Americana, bluegrass, and other forms of acoustic music.
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez: The King and Queen of...
Folk music singers Joan Baez and Bob Dylan wowed audiences whenever they dueted in live concerts. Backstage the pairing was not always so melodic.
How is Folk Music Different From Country?
What's the difference between folk music and country? Learn more about the history of when country and folk music parted ways.
Indie Folk
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.
The Story Behind the Song: Guantanamera
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How To Write a Folk Song
Advice for songwriters - Quick tips on how to write a great contemporary folk song (though the same idea applies to any style of music).
The 5 Best Banjo Songs Ever
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.
Wondering What a Folk Song Is? Here's the Answer
The folk song is one of the most functional, portable, adaptable and accessible arts of human history. Learn more about American folk music.
Discover Folk Music's Greatest Female Musicians
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.
"I've Been Working on the Railroad" - Traditional
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The 10 Best Bluegrass Artists of All Time
Learn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.
A Closer Look at Bob Dylan's 'Protest' Songs
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
"Yankee Doodle" - Traditional
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Essential Songs from the Civil Rights Movement
Learn more about the peak of the civil rights movement in America (1950s-'60s) with this list of essential civil rights songs.
Great Mandolin Players
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.
How Bobby Zimmerman Became Bob Dylan
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.
All About the Folk Revival
The folk revival of the 1960s is often the starting point of fascination with the style for many contemporary folk fans.
Joan Baez's Best Songs
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.
10 Most Influential Folk Music Artists of All...
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.
Essential Labor Songs
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.
Open Mic Nights in Seattle
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.
Classic Anti-War Protest Songs
Learn more about the rich history of protest music in American folk, with this list of essential protest songs.
Essential Folk Albums
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.
Wondering What a 'Dobro' Is? Here's the Answer
This acoustic instrument was added to the Bluegrass band line-up by Lester Flatt in the 1950s. Learn more.
History of African-American Folk Music
Learn more about the influence of African-American music on the evolution of American folk music, with this brief history.
If You Like Mumford and Sons...
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.
Who Wrote and Recorded "If I Had a Hammer"?
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Thanksgiving Songs
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.
Folk Song History: We Shall Not Be Moved
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History of an American Folk Song: "We Shall...
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"Scarborough Fair" - Traditional/Simon and...
A history of the traditional folk song, covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s.
Bob Dylan's Best Songs
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.
Important Albums of the 1960s Folk Revival
Learn more about the 1950s-1960s folk music revival with this list of important albums, spanning 1952-1965 including Bob Dylan, the Weavers, more.
Important African-American Folk Music Artists
Learn more about African-American history and Black History Month by listening to the music of these great African-American folk music artists.
The Story Behind the Song: Michael Row the Boat...
History of "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" is an old American folk song that
Campfire Songs
Whether 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.
Bluegrass and Folk Music Instruments
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Top 10 Great New Folk Songs
Some people are of the mind that a folk song isn't a folk song until it's been around for a long time. I tend to disagree, for the most part, and I happen to think the last couple of years have produced some excellent new folk songs. Here's a look at ten of the great new folk songs that have come out in the past year.
Essential Pete Seeger Songs
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.
10 Essential Folk Music Singer-Songwriters
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.
Open Mic Nights in New York City
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.
The Carter Family Tree
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.
Best Political and Protest Folk Music Artists
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.
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is the king of changing styles, and one of American folk music's most prolific and influential singer/songwriters.
Folk Rock 101
Check out a brief history of Folk Rock, its artists and characteristics
Bob Dylan's “Hurricane”: The Story...
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
Bluegrass Music from Foggy Mountain Boys to...
A brief history of the American bluegrass music, from the Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek.
"Camptown Races" - Stephen Foster
A history of preeminent American songwriter Stephen Foster's 1850 folk song.
Ani DiFranco's Best Songs
Learn more about Ani DiFranco with this list of some of her very best songs, from protest songs to love songs and beyond.
"Deck the Halls" - Traditional
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Bob Dylan Timeline
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.
Essential Mardi Gras Songs
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.
Almanac Singers
The Alamanac Singers were the first American folk music group to organize and popularize protest and political music.
Timeline of the Popularization of American Folk...
American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date
Best Folk CDs of the 1990s
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.
Patty Griffin's Best Songs
Learn more about Patty Griffin through these, some of her best songs and essential recordings.
The 1965 Newport Folk Festival Controversy
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.
Songs Protesting George W. Bush and the War in...
List of protest songs written about the George W. Bush administration, the War in Iraq, and other millennial political issues.
Essential Bluegrass Pickers
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.
History of an American Folk Song: Goodnight Irene
By far the most interesting story that has anything to do with the American folk song, "Goodnight Irene,"
The Guthrie Family Tree
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.
"John Henry"
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.
"This Little Light of Mine"
Learn the history of this folk song - the lyrics, who recorded it and its connection to the Civil Right movement.
All About Woody Guthrie
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All About Americana Music
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.
Great Folk Music Duos
From Simon & Garfunkel to the Indigo Girls and Shovels & Rope...folk music duos make some of the best contemporary folk music.
Folk Music and the Civil Rights Movement
Learn more about the height of the civil rights movement with this look at civil rights and folk music.
Bruce Springsteen's Folkiest Songs
Bruce Springsteen has, throughout his career, touched on just about every genre of music from folk to
Try Alternate Tunings
Alternate guitar tunings are a surefire way to pop your strumming hand out of a creative slump.
Ani DiFranco
Ani 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.
All About Protest Music
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.
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: Two Songwriting...
When 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.
What's the difference between folk and acoustic...
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Top 9 Best Folk Venues and Clubs
There are a lot of things that separate great folk venues from dive rock bars that allow folk musicians on the bill. These venues fill all those qualifications, and many of them go even further to make sure your playing and listening experience is top-notch.
"America the Beautiful" - Katharine Lee Bates &...
"America the Beautiful" ( lyrics and guitar tab )—often called the national hymn of the United States—was
Folk Music Albums for Kids
From Pete Seeger to Jerry Garcia and beyond, here's a look at some of the best folk music for children.
Bob Dylan, Plagiarist?
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?
Joan Baez
Inarguably the godmother of modern folk music, Joan Baaez is one of the most devoted singer/songwriter/activists.
"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" - Traditional
Based on the classic hymn. Folk Music.
Who Is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's “Ballad...
So just who is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's song,
Interview with Brendan Hines
Brendan Hines may be known to many from his role on the hit TV show 'Lie to Me', but he also has a budding music career wherein he writes sentimental and richly analytical songs about life's most difficult things. Learn more about Brendan Hines with this quick Q&A.
"House of the Rising Sun"
Folk Song History of House of the Rising Sun
This Land is Your Land
In 1940, American folk singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie penned what has become one of the most memorable
Environmentalists Folk Songs
Folk artists have been talking about the environment since long before there was a "green movement" to
Mandolin Orange
North Carolina-based singer-songwriter duo Mandolin Orange have been slowly gaining traction on the folk and Americana circuits over the past couple of years. Learn more about this great emergent songwriting team, with this complete bio and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.
Folk Music Guitar Greats
Whether 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.
Essential Alison Krauss Songs
Learn more about Alison Krauss with this look at some of her best songs, wiht and without Union Station.
"Oh Freedom"
History of "Oh Freedom" "Oh Freedom" ( purchase/download ) is thought to date back to the newly-post-Civil
Best Folk Music Albums of 2013
Years past may have been packed full of duos or giant bands of soundscaping indie roots artists, but 2013 - at least so far - is teeming with incredible singer-songwriters. If you're looking for some great music to end your summer with, look no further than this quick list of some of the best folk albums of 2013...so far.
"Which Side Are You On?"
Written in 1931 by Florence Reece, "Which Side Are You On?" was intended specifically as a song to be
A mandolin is a small stringed instrument with eight strings in four pairs (two strings for each note) that are either plucked or strummed in a trill. It's a descendant from the lute, which has six pairs of strings (12 in total). Similarly to the lute, the body of the mandolin is oval or teardrop-shaped. Learn more about the mandolin.
James Taylor
James Taylor is everyone's favorite sensitive singer/songwriter. His career has spanned three decades and taken him from relative obscurity to a level where he is one of the most celebrated songwriters of our time. Here's a profile and more information about singer-songwriter James Taylor.
"We Gather Together"
Most people these days - especially in the United States - would consider "We Gather Together" as sort
"Over the River and Through the Woods"
"Over the River and Through the Woods" is widely known as one of the most beloved songs about Thanksgiving
The Complete Bob Dylan Discography
Between 1962 with his self-titled debut, and 2009's Christmas in the Heart, Bob Dylan boasts a total of 34 studio albums, 13 live albums, plus a fat handful of compilations. Click here to see Bob Dylan's complete discography, spanning five decades and counting.
Washboard (Instrument)
The musical washboard is a percussion instrument played by scratching or tapping the metal washing surface up and down in rhythm. Learn more about the history of the musical washboard and the zydeco rub-board (frottoir).
Bob Dylan In Movies
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 Becomes “Hammond's Folly”
There'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.
Recession Songs
Recession songs are a rich part of American music history. Here's a list of some of the great folk songs to listen to during tough economic times.
"Home on the Range"
"Home on the Range" ( purchase/download ) was adapted from a poem by Dr. Brewster M. Higley (formerly
The Harmonica is, aside from the human voice and your own two hands, the most portable instrument used in traditional American folk music. Most harmonicas are small enough that they fit perfectly in any pocket.
Alison Krauss and Union Station
A 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.
Top 10 Songs of Absolute Nonsense
Contrary to popular belief, not all folk songs are about politics, war, disaster, and serious social
Essential Bob Dylan Albums
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.
Best Songs by Folk Music Poets
April is National Poetry Month, which makes it a great time to honor some of the great poets of American folk music. We'll take a look at some of the best folk music poets, from Bob Dylan to Gillian Welch, highlighting some of their most poetic songs and lyrics...
Essential alt.country Artists
Marrying the sensibilities of the punk movement together with the devil-may-care attitude of classic-style
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" - Johnny Marks
The story behind the folk song Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The Story Behind Peter, Paul and Mary
Peter Paul and Mary are the quintessential folk trio from the sixties. They were instrumental in building the bridge between topical folk music and mainstream pop.
Everybody Must Get Stoned! The Making of Bob...
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Folk Music Documentaries
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.
"Auld Lang Syne" - Robert Burns
History of "Auld Lang Syne" "Auld Lang Syne" started its life as a poem written by Scottish poet Robert
The Punch Brothers
Chris Thile's latest incarnation is called the Punch Brothers. Learn more about this innovative folk-jazz group that everyone's talking about.
Songs For Independence Day
American folk songs aren't all about protesting something; there are also plenty of great tunes that pay homage to America. Included on this list are particularly songs that make reference to American Independence Day. Some of them seem to only refer to the 4th of July in passing, but the themes the songs depict embrace the spirit of American patriotism just as much.
Jackson Browne
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Jackson Browne quickly became one of America's most beloved songwriters. His latest album, Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007.
Who Were The Weavers?
Learn more about seminal folk music supergroup The Weavers, with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
All About American Folk Music
If you're new to American folk music as a genre, this'll be a great first stop index and answers to your questions. It can alsopoint you to the basic information you may want to know before heading out to delve into the genre.
"Peace Train" - Cat Stevens
Peace Train History "Peace Train" ( purchase/download ) originally appeared on Cat Stevens ' 1971 album
Bill Monroe
Learn more about the man credited with starting American bluegrass - mandolin master, extraordinaire Bill Monroe.
Phil Ochs
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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.
Top 10 Best Moments in Bob Dylan's Early Career
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.
Who's the Next Bob Dylan?
Bob Dylan made such an impression on the folk music world--and modern music in general--that critics
All About Folk Legend Pete Seeger
Learn more about Pete Seeger with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
Hip Hop & Folk Music
Hip Hop started out as a Folk movement, and now rappers and hip hop artists like Kanye West and Common are bringing the social conscience back to their craft.
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
When groups of people gather together to set out a-caroling around Christmas time, the most joyful carol
Interview With Ani DiFranco About 'Red Letter...
Ani 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.
Patriotic Folk Songs
Here's a look at the background of some of the most popular and memorable patriotic American folk songs.
Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell is easily one of the most influential American folk music artists of her generation. Learn more about Joni Mitchell with this full profile and biography, including recommended CDs and mp3s.
Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile is one of the leading up-and-coming singer-songwriters in contemporary Americana. Critics have described her music as everything from country to rock, folk and roots. Learn more about Brandi Carlile, including recommended CDs, MP3s, interviews, and more.
Interview With Brandi Carlile
Singer/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.
Bob Dylan's Victoria's Secret Commercial
Who's doing the conning now? Dylan has weathered his fair share of controversy over the years, but to let a corporation use one of your songs in an ad, and then to act in that ad, was entirely different. This wasn't Dylan going electric. This was going commercial—not just a taboo, but an outright heresy for anyone old enough to remember the implications of the words “selling out.”
"Swing Low Sweet Chariot," Traditional
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" ( purchase/download Johnny Cash's version), while no certain composer is known,
Playing the Spoons
Musical spoons are one of the oldest traditional instruments on the planet. When did people start playing musical spoons? How are they played? Learn more about the history of musical spoons in American folk music.
Books by Bob Dylan
From biographies to song encyclopedias, there are scores of books out there about Bob Dylan. But what about the books he wrote himself? Check out this full list of books written by Bob Dylan, complete with short reviews and descriptions.
k.d. lang
The darling of the alt.country world, k.d. lang has gone from punker to country singer to crooner, and beyond.
Essential Phil Ochs Songs
Phil Ochs was one of the best topical singers of his time, focusing heavily on political and protest music. While his life and career were tragically abbreviated when he committed suicide in 1976 at the age of 35, he managed to pen some of American folk music's finest topical songs. Here's a look at some of Phil Ochs' best songs.
Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue
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.
The Immigrants' Movement and Folk Music
A century ago, immigrant workers hit the streets to demand fair work conditions and protection under the law, singing the songs of their labor unions. Today, as immigrant workers demonstrate for the right to work in America as they strive for citizenship, their protest songs take a different direction.
Interview with Gregory Alan Isakov
Gregory Alan Isakov self-released his fourth album this spring. That disc—'This Empty Northern Hemisphere'—has quickly become one of my favorite singer-songwriter albums of the year. With lush, warm arrangements that create images of star-strewn skies and wave-rocked boats adrift at sea, the album spotlights Isakov’s incredible artistic restraint and intuition. On the heels of that release, he was kind enough to chat for a spell with me about his creative process, among other things.
Best Folk Artists You've Never Heard Of
This list will introduce you to some of the best artists in Folk and Bluegrass that you've probably never heard of before, with links to MP3s and CDs for sale.
The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart have had a meteoric couple of years, starting as a group of friends who met at open mic nights around Seattle, all the way to headlining slots around the country. Learn more about the Head and the Heart with this brief biography and profile.
Essential Woody Guthrie Songs
Learn more about Woody Guthrie with this list of some of his best songs, including protest songs, love songs, and even a children's song.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - Soundtrack
If you love classic country music, contemporary folk, protest songs, rockabilly and corny showtune pop songs, and you need a good laugh, look no further. Built on a solid foundation of rather talented songwriters like Dan Bern and Marshall Crenshaw, this soundtrack is mostly just downright funny.
Why Does Protest Music Work?
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