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  • What Is Folk Music? Created: Sunday, May 21, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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...
  • Bob Dylan's “Hurricane”: The Story Behind the Song Created: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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...
  • Who Is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's “Ballad of a Thin Man” Created: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
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    In Bob Dylan Created: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Bob Dylan is the king of changing styles, and one of American folk music's most prolific and influential singer/songwriters.

  • Bob Dylan's Motorcycle Accident: The Whole Story Created: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    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 t...
  • "This Little Light of Mine" Created: Friday, January 30, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Learn the history of this folk song - the lyrics, who recorded it and its connection to the Civil Right movement.
  • James Taylor Created: Monday, January 30, 2006 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    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 songwri...
  • Bob Dylan Timeline Created: Monday, October 11, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    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 fi...
  • Peter, Paul & Mary Created: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    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.
  • Bluegrass Music from Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek Created: Friday, August 26, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    A brief history of the American bluegrass music, from the Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek." itemprop="description"> Friday, February 13, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Based on the classic hymn. Folk Music.
  • Try Alternate Tunings Created: Monday, October 03, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Alternate guitar tunings are a surefire way to pop your strumming hand out of a creative slump.
  • "House of the Rising Sun" Created: Saturday, April 28, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Folk Song History of House of the Rising Sun
  • How Bobby Zimmerman Became Bob Dylan Created: Monday, March 14, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    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. F...
  • Bob Dylan, Plagiarist? Created: Sunday, August 15, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
    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 plagi...
  • "John Henry" Created: Monday, September 26, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    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 ...
  • "Guantanamera" Created: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    "Guantanamera" is widely considered one of the most popular folk songs from Cuba, and that nation's most patriotic song. Learn more about "Guantanamera" and when and why it's been sung in America, ...
  • "We Shall Overcome" Created: Monday, October 23, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    Brief history of one of the most memorable American folk song anthems from the Civil Rights movement - "We Shall Overcome."
  • All About Americana Music Created: Saturday, June 13, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    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 contemp...
  • Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: Two Songwriting Titans Make History Created: Monday, January 10, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    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 ...
  • What is a "Folk Song"? Created: Sunday, December 04, 2005 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
    The folk song is one of the most functional, portable, adaptable and accessible arts of human history. Learn more about American folk music.
  • Best Songs of the 1960s Folk Revival Created: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
    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.
  • Claire Lynch Created: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
    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.
  • Most Influential Folk Music Artists Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014
    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 styl...
  • Essential Folk Music Singer-Songwriters Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014
    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.
  • Top Folk Guitars Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014
    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.
  • Dobro Created: Friday, December 23, 2005 Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014
    This acoustic instrument was added to the Bluegrass band line-up by Lester Flatt in the 1950s. Learn more.
  • Top Five Banjo Songs Created: Friday, March 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014
    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.
  • Bob Dylan and the Civil Rights Movement Created: Saturday, January 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    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" i--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" --...
  • Best Folk Music Artists of All Time Created: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Here's a look at the best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music.
  • Essential Bluegrass Music Artists Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Learn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.
  • Essential Civil Rights Songs Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Learn more about the peak of the civil rights movement in America (1950s-'60s) with this list of essential civil rights songs.

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