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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.
"Deck the Halls" - Traditional
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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.
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.
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
When groups of people gather together to set out a-caroling around Christmas time, the most joyful carol
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.
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.
The Story Behind the Song: Guantanamera
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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.
"O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)" - Ernst...
"O Christmas Tree" (a.k.a. "O Tannenbaum") is a German Christmas carol whose earliest lyrics date back
"Yankee Doodle" - Traditional
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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.
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
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.
The 10 Best Bluegrass Artists of All Time
Learn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.
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.
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.
"Silent Night"
History of "Silent Night" "Silent Night" is actually an Austrian hymn titled "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht."
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.
"Jingle Bells" - James Lord Pierpont
History of "Jingle Bells" "Jingle Bells" ( purchase/download was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857,
Folk Song History: We Shall Not Be Moved
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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 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.
"Scarborough Fair" - Traditional/Simon and...
A history of the traditional folk song, covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s.
Classic Anti-War Protest Songs
Learn more about the rich history of protest music in American folk, with this list of essential protest songs.
History of an American Folk Song: "We Shall...
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"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" - Johnny Marks
The story behind the folk song Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
"I've Been Working on the Railroad" - Traditional
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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.
Who Wrote and Recorded "If I Had a Hammer"?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is the king of changing styles, and one of American folk music's most prolific and influential singer/songwriters.
Bluegrass and Folk Music Instruments
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
A Review of “Forever Young: Photographs...
Tucked away in his archives for more than 30 years, when Douglas Gilbert unveiled a virtually unknown series of black-and-white Bob Dylan photographs from 1964, it was a monumental event. Released in 2005, his book, Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan, portrays a rarely seen Dylan, unguarded and at ease among friends. Read more about the photography of Bob Dylan here!
Essential Alison Krauss Songs
Learn more about Alison Krauss with this look at some of her best songs, wiht and without Union Station.
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,"
Holiday Folk Music CDs
As the holidays approach, here's a look at some of the most notable holiday folk music CDs to get you in the spirit.
"Camptown Races" - Stephen Foster
A history of preeminent American songwriter Stephen Foster's 1850 folk song.
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.
Try Alternate Tunings
Alternate guitar tunings are a surefire way to pop your strumming hand out of a creative slump.
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.
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.
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.
Who's the Next Bob Dylan?
Bob Dylan made such an impression on the folk music world--and modern music in general--that critics
Almanac Singers
The Alamanac Singers were the first American folk music group to organize and popularize protest and political music.
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.
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.
"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
Mandolin
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.
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.
Who Is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's “Ballad...
So just who is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's song,
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.
All About Woody Guthrie
Description of Woody Guthrie's Work: Singer-songwriter, political music Comparisons: Some of Woody Guthrie's
Folk Rock 101
Check out a brief history of Folk Rock, its artists and characteristics
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.
"Auld Lang Syne" - Robert Burns
History of "Auld Lang Syne" "Auld Lang Syne" started its life as a poem written by Scottish poet Robert
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
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.
Who Were The Weavers?
Learn more about seminal folk music supergroup The Weavers, with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
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.
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.
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.
Gifts for Picky Folk Music Fans
From movies to CDs, instruments and gift certificates, here are my recommendations for gifts for your favorite folk/bluegrass/alt-country fan.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
All About Folk Legend Pete Seeger
Learn more about Pete Seeger with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
"Oh Freedom"
History of "Oh Freedom" "Oh Freedom" ( purchase/download ) is thought to date back to the newly-post-Civil
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.
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.
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.
Documentary Review: Pete Seeger - The Power of...
Learn more about Pete Seeger with this moving documentary by PBS, covering the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, Newport Folk Festival, and more.
Bluegrass 101
A beginners guide to all the ins and outs of American bluegrass music, its history and American bluegrass artists
"House of the Rising Sun"
Folk Song History of House of the Rising Sun
What's the difference between folk and acoustic...
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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.
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.
Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)
Learn more about Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) with this biography and profile, including recommended albums and songs.
Essential Joni Mitchell Songs
Learn more about Joni Mitchell with this brief list of some of her very best songs.
"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.
Artists to Watch: The Chapin Sisters
The Chapin Sisters (Abigail and Lily Chapin, and their half sister Jessica Craven) grew up in Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by some of the greatest voices of
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.
Harmonica
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.
Environmentalists Folk Songs
Folk artists have been talking about the environment since long before there was a "green movement" to
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Bill Monroe
Learn more about the man credited with starting American bluegrass - mandolin master, extraordinaire Bill Monroe.
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.
Neil Young
Neil Young is inarguably one of Folk Rock's most influential and prolific artists
Best Open Mic Nights Across America
Open mic nights are a great way to try out new material, or to check out your local Folk scene. Besides, it's free entertainment, and if you don't like the guy who's singing now, a new one will be up in 10 minutes.
"America the Beautiful" - Katharine Lee Bates &...
"America the Beautiful" ( lyrics and guitar tab )—often called the national hymn of the United States—was
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.
Patty Griffin's Best Songs
Learn more about Patty Griffin through these, some of her best songs and essential recordings.
Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt is the classic cowboy folk and alt.country singer/songwriter
"Which Side Are You On?"
Written in 1931 by Florence Reece, "Which Side Are You On?" was intended specifically as a song to be
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.
Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead were pioneers of the jam band scene, and have had a profound influence on how bluegrass, r&b, avant-garde jazz, folk, and rock music have interacted with one another ever since.
Best Books About Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan remains a guitar-slinging cryptogram as elusive as the meaning of his finest songs. Here are the best books out there about Dylan, for the new fan or the seasoned aficionado alike.
Emmylou Harris Memoir Due in 2015
According to Billboard Magazine, Emmylou Harris is working on a memoir covering her four decades in the music industry, from her time singing with the late,
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.
Best Folk Music Movies
Folk Music Movies - Best Movies About Folk Music Artists and Bands
Bob Dylan in 'Don't Look Back'
Don't Look Back is not a documentary about Bob Dylan's folk years, as some like to describe it. Rather, Pennebaker was filming Dylan's metamorphosis. While the performances on the London tour were indeed acoustic—and brilliant—Dylan had already moved past writing and playing acoustic music. He was bored with folk music. The audience reactions were predictable.
Essential alt.country Artists
Marrying the sensibilities of the punk movement together with the devil-may-care attitude of classic-style
Timeline of the Popularization of American Folk...
American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date
John Carter Cash
John Carter Cash is the son of June Carter and Johnny Cash, and has proven to be adept at carrying on the family business of making music. In addition to being an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, John Carter Cash is also a highly respected producer in the folk and Americana worlds. Learn more about John Carter Cash with this introductory bio and profile.
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.
"Star Spangled Banner"
It is a tradition in American folk music to borrow the melodies of already popular songs and write new
Everybody Must Get Stoned! The Making of Bob...
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Bluegrass Music from Foggy Mountain Boys to...
A brief history of the American bluegrass music, from the Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek.
Bruce Springsteen's Folkiest Songs
Bruce Springsteen has, throughout his career, touched on just about every genre of music from folk to
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.
All About Bluegrass Music
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k.d. lang
The darling of the alt.country world, k.d. lang has gone from punker to country singer to crooner, and beyond.
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.
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).
Essential Christmas Carols
Few folk song traditions are quite as popular in American lore as that of Christmas carols. With the holidays upon us, here's a look at some of the essential American folk songs about the Christmas holiday.
"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" - Traditional
Based on the classic hymn. Folk Music.

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