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Updated Articles and Resources

By Ada Lio

Updated Articles and Resources
  • Best Folk Music Artists of All Time Created: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Here's a look at the best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music.
  • Indie Folk Created: Monday, May 11, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    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....
  • "Camptown Races" - Stephen Foster Created: Friday, October 10, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    A history of preeminent American songwriter Stephen Foster's 1850 folk song.
  • "Scarborough Fair" - Traditional/Simon and Garfunkel Created: Friday, October 27, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    A history of the traditional folk song, covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s.
  • Bob Dylan Goes Electric Created: Thursday, October 14, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    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 abo...
  • Essential Folk Music Singer-Songwriters Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 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.
  • Open Mic Nights in Seattle Created: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    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.
  • Recession Songs Created: Thursday, October 09, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    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.
  • Bob Dylan and Joan Baez: The King and Queen of Folk Created: Monday, May 09, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Folk music singers Joan Baez and Bob Dylan wowed audiences whenever they dueted in live concerts. Backstage the pairing was not always so melodic." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...
  • New York Open Mic - What's the Best Open Mic Night Created: Friday, July 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    If you want to, you can go to open mic every single night of the week in New York. Trust me, I've done it. It's a great way to keep yourself in tip-top performer shape, which is necessary when you'...
  • Share your Merlefest stories and photos Created: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Merlefest is one of the largest and most beloved American folk music festivals, taking place each spring in Wilkesboro, NC. Have you been to Merlefest? Here's a chance to share your favorite storie...
  • Share your Merlefest stories and photos Created: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Merlefest is one of the largest and most beloved American folk music festivals, taking place each spring in Wilkesboro, NC. Have you been to Merlefest? Here's a chance to share your favorite storie...
  • Justin Townes Earle - 'Harlem River Blues' Created: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Justin Townes Earle's 'Harlem River Blues' was released by Bloodshot Records on Sep. 14, 2010. Check out some reader reviews of the disc, or submit your own review of Justin Townes Earle's 'Harlem ...
  • Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line Created: Friday, March 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
    Nickel Creek's 25th Anniversary album, A Dotted Line, is full of remarkable originals and genre-defying instrumental behavior - read this full review.
  • Emmylou Harris Created: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
    Learn more about Emmylou Harris with this introductory biography and profile.
  • What's the difference between folk and acoustic pop music? Created: Thursday, January 27, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    Learn more about what distinguishes American folk music from the pop music critics often refer to as "folky".
  • Top Best Moments in Bob Dylan's Early Career Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    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 hi...
  • Nickel Creek Albums Created: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Learn more about newgrass/genre-defiant path-forging band Nickel Creek with this brief history of their albums. Complete discography.
  • "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Created: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Get in the spirit for baseball season and learn more about the history of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".
  • What is a "Folk Song"? Created: Sunday, December 04, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    The folk song is one of the most functional, portable, adaptable and accessible arts of human history. Learn more about American folk music.
  • Top Five Banjo Songs Created: Friday, March 30, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 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.
  • Cahalen Morrison & Eli West Created: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
    Learn more about rising folk music duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, with this introductory biography and profile.
  • Jolie Holland Created: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    Learn more about singer-songwriter Jolie Holland with this brief profile and biography, including recommended CDs and MP3s.
  • Pete Seeger Created: Monday, October 17, 2005 Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Learn more about Pete Seeger with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.
  • Artists to Watch at Folk Alliance 2014 Created: Thursday, February 20, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Whether or not you're headed to Folk Alliance International 2014 in Kansas City, this list of Artists to Watch will whet your palette.
  • Folk Albums to Watch for in 2014 Created: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014
    Get a head start on another year of great music releases, with this list of five folk and Americana albums you'll want to hear in early 2014.
  • "We Shall Overcome" Created: Monday, October 23, 2006 Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Brief history of one of the most memorable American folk song anthems from the Civil Rights movement - "We Shall Overcome."
  • "If I Had a Hammer," by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays Created: Friday, October 03, 2008 Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Learn more about the history of the protest song "If I Had a Hammer," written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays.
  • Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Created: Sunday, February 17, 2008 Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Learn more about Pete Seeger with this moving documentary by PBS, covering the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, Newport Folk Festival, and more.
  • Pete Seeger's Influence on American Folk Music Created: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    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.
  • Best Folk Music Albums of 2013 Created: Thursday, July 25, 2013 Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
    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 so...
  • Important African-American Folk Music Artists Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    Learn more about African-American history and Black History Month by listening to the music of these great African-American folk music artists.

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