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Folk Music: Most Popular Articles

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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.
"Deck the Halls" - Traditional
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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.
"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
"We Gather Together"
Most people these days - especially in the United States - would consider "We Gather Together" as sort
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.
Folk Song History: We Shall Not Be Moved
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
"Silent Night"
History of "Silent Night" "Silent Night" is actually an Austrian hymn titled "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht."
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.
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.
The Story Behind the Song: Guantanamera
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The 10 Best Bluegrass Artists of All Time
Learn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
When groups of people gather together to set out a-caroling around Christmas time, the most joyful carol
Who Wrote and Recorded "If I Had a Hammer"?
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What's the difference between folk and acoustic...
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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).
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.
"I've Been Working on the Railroad" - Traditional
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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.
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.
"Yankee Doodle" - Traditional
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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.
Folk Rock 101
Check out a brief history of Folk Rock, its artists and characteristics
"O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)" - Ernst...
"O Christmas Tree" (a.k.a. "O Tannenbaum") is a German Christmas carol whose earliest lyrics date back
Classic Anti-War Protest Songs
Learn more about the rich history of protest music in American folk, with this list of essential protest songs.
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.
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.
Essential Arlo Guthrie Songs
Arlo Guthrie is a different kind of songwriter from his father Woody Guthrie, but no less of an American treasure. His music has spanned and influenced generations of songwriters. Learn more about Arlo Guthrie's gift with this introductory look at five essential Arlo Guthrie songs.
History of an American Folk Song: "We Shall...
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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.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Mary Chapin Carpenter has made her career as a songwriter's songwriter, carrying no specific allegiance to any one category and, as such, dabbling in the art of songwriting across the lines of folk, country, pop, and Americana. Learn more about this great American songwriter with this profile and biography of Mary Chapin Carpenter.
All About Woody Guthrie
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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.
Bluegrass Music from Foggy Mountain Boys to...
A brief history of the American bluegrass music, from the Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek.
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.
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
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is the king of changing styles, and one of American folk music's most prolific and influential singer/songwriters.
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.
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.
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.
"Scarborough Fair" - Traditional/Simon and...
A history of the traditional folk song, covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s.
"Jingle Bells" - James Lord Pierpont
History of "Jingle Bells" "Jingle Bells" ( purchase/download was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857,
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.
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.
Bob Dylan's Breaks from Politics: The 1963 ECLC...
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
Learn more about the influence of African-American music on the evolution of American folk music, with this brief history.
Who Is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's “Ballad...
So just who is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's song,
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.
O Dylan, Where Art Thou?
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.
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.
Bluegrass and Folk Music Instruments
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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
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.
Who Were The Weavers?
Learn more about seminal folk music supergroup The Weavers, with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
Timeline of the Popularization of American Folk...
American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date
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.
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.
"Camptown Races" - Stephen Foster
A history of preeminent American songwriter Stephen Foster's 1850 folk song.
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.
"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.
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.
Arlo Guthrie
Son of Woody Guthrie and consummate folk-rock singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Arlo Guthrie has managed to carve himself a niche as one of the most important topical songwriters of his generation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"America the Beautiful" - Katharine Lee Bates &...
"America the Beautiful" ( lyrics and guitar tab )—often called the national hymn of the United States—was
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?
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.
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.
Why Folk Singer Pete Seeger Was Important
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 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.
Essential Alison Krauss Songs
Learn more about Alison Krauss with this look at some of her best songs, wiht and without Union Station.
Bruce Springsteen's Folkiest Songs
Bruce Springsteen has, throughout his career, touched on just about every genre of music from folk to
Lester Flatt
Lester 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.
Try Alternate Tunings
Alternate guitar tunings are a surefire way to pop your strumming hand out of a creative slump.
"House of the Rising Sun"
Folk Song History of House of the Rising Sun
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.
The Lumineers
Denver-based Americana trio the Lumineers earned Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album in 2013. Learn more about the Lumineers and what their music might have in store for you.
Top 10 Songs of Absolute Nonsense
Contrary to popular belief, not all folk songs are about politics, war, disaster, and serious social
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.
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.
"Auld Lang Syne" - Robert Burns
History of "Auld Lang Syne" "Auld Lang Syne" started its life as a poem written by Scottish poet Robert
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.
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" - Johnny Marks
The story behind the folk song Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Almanac Singers
The Alamanac Singers were the first American folk music group to organize and popularize protest and political music.
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.
Environmentalists Folk Songs
Folk artists have been talking about the environment since long before there was a "green movement" to
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.
"Which Side Are You On?"
Written in 1931 by Florence Reece, "Which Side Are You On?" was intended specifically as a song to be
Emmylou Harris
Learn more about Emmylou Harris with this introductory biography and profile.
Bob Dylan Holiday Gift Guide
The best gifts are not what people want, but what they need, and everybody needs a little Bob Dylan. Just think, you could be the one whom your loved one looks back on, saying “Yeah, so-and-so turned me on to Dylan. That was the best gift anyone ever gave me!” So before you shop this holiday season, consider the following Bob Dylan gifts...
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,"
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Seeger Family Tree
From Charles Seeger's fascination with American folk music to his children's proliferation (and some would say darn near perfection) of the craft, to the budding careers of his grandchildren, here's a look at the Seeger family tree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Folk Music and Americana Grammy Nominees...
Nominees and winners in folk music and Americana categories for the 2014 Grammy Awards, and a list of folk artists nominated in other categories.
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.
All About Folk Legend Pete Seeger
Learn more about Pete Seeger with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
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.
Why Does Protest Music Work?
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Nora Guthrie on 'Woody Guthrie: American...
Check out my interview with Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora about the new collection 'Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot' (Rounder Records).
Claire Lynch
Claire Lynch is one of the darlings of the International Bluegrass Music Association, having taken home its Best Female Vocalist honor a number of years.
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.
Best Folk Music Movies
Folk Music Movies - Best Movies About Folk Music Artists and Bands
Jamgrass Music and Jam Bands
Blending rock, jazz, folk, blues and bluegrass styles, jamgrass elongates the instrumental solos typical of jazz and bluegrass. Notable artists include String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain Stringband and the Grateful Dead.
Greg Brown
Folk-blues troubador Greg Brown is best known for his low, grumbly voice and smooth, poetic lyrics that knock you silly.
Joan Baez
Inarguably the godmother of modern folk music, Joan Baaez is one of the most devoted singer/songwriter/activists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five New Canadian Songwriters to Watch
Everyone knows and loves the remarkable music of Canadian songwriters like Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell. You can't argue with their influence. But what about the new swath of contemporary songwriters up in the great white north? Here's a look at five promising young artists from the great Canadian music scene.
"Blowin in the Wind" - Bob Dylan
Blowin' in the Wind is, inarguably, one of the most popular protest songs in the history of the craft, although when Bob Dylan introduced it to the world in 1962, he insisted it wasn't a protest song.
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.
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.
Bluegrass 101
A beginners guide to all the ins and outs of American bluegrass music, its history and American bluegrass artists
Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk, often called the Mayor of MacDougal Street, was highly influential during the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene.
"Little Brown Jug" - Joseph Winner
"Little Brown Jug" History "Little Brown Jug" Was written by Joseph Winner in 1869, and was originally
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.
Rhonda Vincent
Bluegrass singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Rhonda Vincent has won over 40 awards from the IBMA and SPBGMA combined. She's one of the most talented and revered women in contemporary bluegrass.
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.
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.
Various Artists - 'My Favorite Gifts'
Ramseur Records has, for several years, been one of the finest indie labels on the folk music circuit, giving rise to such bands as the Avett Brothers, Paleface, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. In 2011, the fine folks at Ramseur decided to produce a Christmas album. Check out this full review.
Contemporary Folk Songs to Drive By
Here's a list of great new American folk songs to take with you when you head out on those summer road trips.
Patty Griffin's Best Songs
Learn more about Patty Griffin through these, some of her best songs and essential recordings.
"Home on the Range"
"Home on the Range" ( purchase/download ) was adapted from a poem by Dr. Brewster M. Higley (formerly

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