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10 Essential Civil Rights Songs - Music of the Movement
Songs inspired and encouraged the civil rights movement in America (1950s-'60s). These ten earned their place as essential anthems and ballads.

50 Best Folk Music Artists of All Time
Here's a look at the 50 best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music, from the 1940s through the 60s until today.

50 Best Folk Music Artists of All Time
Here's a look at the 50 best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music, from the 1940s through the 60s until today.

50 Best Folk Music Artists of All Time
Here's a look at the 50 best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music, from the 1940s through the 60s until today.

50 Best Folk Music Artists of All Time
Here's a look at the 50 best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music, from the 1940s through the 60s until today.

50 Best Folk Music Artists of All Time
Here's a look at the 50 best singer/songwriters, artists and bands in the history of American folk music, from the 1940s through the 60s until today.

Folk Music: New and Classic Songs, Playlists, Album Reviews
Discover new and classic American folk musicians. Browse top songs lists and album recommendations for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and more.

Eli Cook - Virginia-Based Blues Guitarist Eli Cook
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. Page 12.

Kate Isenberg - San Francisco-Based Singer-Songwriter Kate Isenberg
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. Page 15.

Mare Wakefield - Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mare Wakefield
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. Page 11.

Tallboys Stringband - Seattle-Based Old Time Band the Tallboys Stringband
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. Page 13.

Thomas Dybdahl - Norwegian New Folk Singer-Songwriter Thomas Dybdahl
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. Page 14.

Captain Gravel - Seattle-Based Bluegrass Band Captain Gravel
Seattle-based bluegrass band Captain Gravel delivers the goods with classic old time and bluegrass tunes like no other band around. Page 3.

Clare Muldaur - New York City-Based Singer-Songwriter Clare Muldaur
New York City-Based Singer/Songwriter Clare Muldaur blends contemporary folk and jazz vocals, bringing her smooth, sultry original tunes to clubs and bars around the Northeast. Page 10.

Creeping Time - Seattle-Based Bluegrass Band Creeping Time
Seattle-Based Bluegrassers Creeping Time blend folk, blues, roots rock, alt.country, jazz, and straight up old-school jamming. Page 2.

Crescent and Frost - New York City-Based Folk Band Crescent and Frost
New York City-Based Folk Band Crescent & Frost blends folk, country, bluegrass, and pop for a smooth, chill ambience of sound. Page 7.

Datri Bean - Austin-Based Old Time Pianist Datri Bean
Music for a lazy summer day. A quirky blend of 1930's jazz, buttery vocals and just-sitting-on-the-porch songwriting. Drawing on ancient jazz (the really old stuff that makes you want to dance funny) and muddy boot folk-blues, Datri Bean's music is steeped in hot, muggy weather, sitting on the roof until dawn, God and corn whiskey. Page 4.

Jack Harris - Welsh Contemporary Singer/Songwriter Jack Harris
Based in Bulith Wells, Wales (UK), Jack Harris' music brings to mind great contemporary songwriters like Dave Carter and Richard Shindell. Page 6.

Late Bloomers - New England-Based Folk Duo Late Bloomers
New England-Based Folk Duo Late Bloomers blends traditional and contemporary American folk music with blues, ragtime, and Old Time Music for a sound that's both infectious and inimitable. Page 8.

Spook Handy - New Jersey-based Singer-Songwriter Spook Handy
New Jersey-Based Folk Singer/Songwriter Spook Handy is the 2000's answer to Pete Seeger. His candid, honest tunes are so good, you can't help but sing along.

Ted Ekman - San Francisco-Based Folk-Rocker Ted Ekman
San Francisco-Based Folk-Rocker Ted Ekman incites the spirits of anti-folk, blues, and folk-rock with his unforgettable original songs. Page 9.

Clare Burson - New York City-Based Contemporary Singer-Songwriter Clare Burson
NYC-based singer/songwriter Clare Burson just flat out has the prettiest voice I've heard in a while. And she writes darn good songs. Page 5.

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.

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.

Dar Williams - Folk Singe/Songwriter Dar Williams
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Dar Williams.

Gillian Welch - Articles and News About Gillian Welch
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer-songwriter Gillian Welch.

KT Tunstall - News Information Biography and Reviews on KT Tunstall
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of folk-rock singer/songwriter KT Tunstall.

Laura Veirs - News and Information About Laura Veirs and Saltbreakers
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of alt.country singer/songwriter Laura Veirs.

Rhonda Vincent - Bluegrass Artist Rhonda Vincent - Index of Articles About Rhonda Vincent
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent.

Rosie Thomas - News and Information About Rosie Thomas
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the folk-pop singer/songwriter Rosie Thomas.

Steep Canyon Rangers - News and Information About Bluegrass Group Steep Canyon Rangers
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers.

Bob Dylan Books
Bob Dylan Books. Folk Music.

Bob Dylan Albums
Bob Dylan Albums. Folk Music.

Bob Dylan Songs
Bob Dylan Songs. Folk Music.

Aimee Mann - News and Information about Singer-Songwriter Aimee Mann
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer/songwriter Aimee Mann.

Alison Krauss - All About Bluegrass Artist Alison Krauss
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of bluegrass singer/songwriter/producer/fiddler extraordinaire Alison Krauss.

Amos Lee
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of folk-soul singer/songwriter Amos Lee.

Arlo Guthrie - Biography - Profile - Folk Singer/Songwriter 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.

Danielle Howle - All About Singer/Songwriter Danielle Howle
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of New England Singer/Songwriter Danielle Howle.

Erin McKeown - Index of Articles About Erin McKeown
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of contemporary folk singer/songwriter Erin McKeown.

The Grascals
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of bluegrass supergroup The Grascals.

Indigo Girls - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the Indigo Girls.

Janis Ian - Folk Singer/Songwriter Janis Ian
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Janis Ian.

Jesse DeNatale - Singer/Songwriter Jesse DeNatale
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the folk-pop singer/songwriter Jesse DeNatale.

k.d. lang - alt.country Singer/Songwriter kd lang
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of alt.country singer/songwriter k.d. lang.

Kris Delmhorst - Singer/Songwriter Kris Delmhorst
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of alt.country singer/songwriter Kris Delmhorst.

Loreena McKennitt - News and Articles About Loreena McKennitt
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Loreena McKennitt.

Mark Erelli - Folk Singer/Songwriter Mark Erelli
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of New England Singer/Songwriter Mark Erelli.

Mountain Heart - News Information and Articles About Mountain Heart
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of bluegrass supergroup Mountain Heart.

Nickel Creek - Reviews and Information About Nickel Creek
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Nickel Creek.

Bluegrass Singer/Songwriter Tim O'Brien
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of bluegrass singer/songwriter extraordinare Tim O'Brien.

Utah Phillips - News and Articles About Utah Phillips
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Utah Phillips.

Xavier Rudd - Background Information about Xavier Rudd
Visit this page for articles and information, reviews, interviews, and biography of Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd.

Joni Mitchell - News and Articles About Joni Mitchell
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Index of Articles About Ani Difranco
After more than a decade of playing over a hundred shows a year, Ani Difranco is packing clubs from the Hard Rock in Vegas to Carnegie Hall in New York. Her Righteous Babe label employs more than a dozen people in her hometown of Buffalo. And her rythmic, staccato guitar technique has innovated the way the instrument is played.

Bob Dylan - News and Articles About Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan was folk-rock's first and most influential troubadour. Learn more about Bob Dylan with these articles, reviews, news bits,

Brandi Carlile - Singer/Songwriter Brandi Carlile
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile.

Citizen Cope - All About Citizen Cope
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Citizen Cope.

Claire Lynch - News and Information About Claire Lynch
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of bluegrass singer/songwriter Claire Lynch.

Colin Hay - News and Information About Colin Hay
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the folk-pop singer/songwriter Colin Hay.

Cowboy Junkies - Articles About the Cowboy Junkies
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the Cowboy Junkies.

Dan Bern - Singer/Songwriter Dan Bern
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Dan Bern.

The Duhks - News and Information About Newgrass Band The Duhks - Artist Index The Duhks
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the Duhks.

Grateful Dead - News and Information About the Grateful Dead
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of jam band superheroes the Grateful Dead.

Gregory Alan Isakov - News and Articles About Gregory Alan Isakov
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov.

Joan Baez - News and Articles About Joan Baez
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Joan Baez.

Johnny Cash - Articles News and Information About Johnny Cash
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of contemporary singer/songwriter Johnny Cash.

Neko Case - News and Articles About Neko Case
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Neko Case.

Patty Griffin - Articles About Singer-Songwriter Patty Griffin
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer/songwriter Patty Griffin.

Pete Francis - News Info Reviews Interviews and Articles About Pete Francis From Dispatch
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer-songwriter Pete Francis.

Shawn Colvin - Articles and Reviews About Singer/Songwriter Shawn Colvin
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of folk singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin.

Sheryl Crow - News and Articles About Sheryl Crow
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of folk-rock artist Sheryl Crow.

Woody Guthrie - News and Information About Woody Guthrie - All About Folk Artist Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie was easily one of the largest driving forces in the evolution of American folk music. Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of legendary singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie

alt.country artists
A list of aritst profiles of some of the best and biggest players in alt.country, from Emmylou Harris to Steve Earle and Richard Thompson.

Anthony da Costa - News and Articles About Anthony da Costa
If you're interested in singer-songwriter Anthony da Costa, keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to his work.

Be Good Tanyas
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Be Good Tanyas.

Ben Harper - News Biography and Information About Ben Harper
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer/songwriter Ben Harper.

Bluegrass Artists
Biographies, profiles, background info, trivia, recommended CDs, and a basic introduction to many of the hottest players in contemporary and traditional American bluegrass music.

Brett Dennen - Information About Singer-Songwriter Brett Dennen
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of contemporary singer/songwriter Brett Dennen.

Catie Curtis - Information, Reviews and Interview with Catie Curtis
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of folk-pop singer/songwriter Catie Curtis.

Christmas
Take a look at all the Folky nuances involved with the traditions, history, and music associated with the Christmas holiday, from Christmas-themed protest songs to the carols we all know and love.

Folk Rock Artists
Take a look at some of the hardest hitting Folksingers out there - those who straddle the line or cross back and forth between Folk themes and the Rock and Roll aesthetic.

Kwanzaa
During the second week of December, the holiday folk music focus was on the celebration of Kwanzaa. Check out these primers on Kwanzaa, and some recommendations for great Folk records by African-American artists.

Neil Young - Folk-rock Singer/Songwriter Neil Young
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of folk-rock singer/sognwriter Neil Young.

Singer/Songwriter Artists
Singer/Songwriters are some of the most diverse artists in the Folk world. Their work ranges from traditional Americana to contemporary acoustic rock. Check out some of the main players here.

Susan Werner - Information About Singer/Songwriter Susan Werner
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer/songwriter Susan Werner.

Suzanne Vega - News, Reviews and Information About Suzanne Vega
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega.

The Weepies - Folk-Pop Singer/Songwriters The Weepies
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the folk-pop singer/songwriters The Weepies.

Townes Van Zandt
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the legendary Townes Van Zandt.

Folk Music Holidays: Winter Solstice
This seven-day guide to the Folk Music celebrates the Winter Solstice, with information about the traditions, symbols, and of course the music that makes up this important Winter holiday.

Dave Van Ronk
Articles, reviews, history, analysis, and other information about the inimitable American folk music artist Dave Van Ronk.

All About T Bone Burnett
Learn more about singer-songwriter, producer, and music supervisor T Bone Burnett with these profiles, reviews, and recommendations.

Folk Artists A-J
Artists profiles for performers whose last name starts with the letters A-J

Learn more about the folk revival of the 1950s-1960s
From the Anthology of American Folk Music (1952) to the advent of folk-rock, protest songs, folk-pop, and beyond. Here's everything you need to know about the 1950s-1960s folk music revival.

2005 Folk CD Reviews
Check out my reviews of folk, Americana, alt.country, and bluegrass CDs that came out in 2005. CD reviews are listed alphabetically by the artist's first name.

Folk Music CDs - 2006 Folk Music CD Reviews
Check out my reviews of folk, Americana, alt.country, and bluegrass CDs that came out in 2006. Folk music CD reviews are listed alphabetically by the artist's first name.

Folk Music CDs - 2007 Folk Music CD Reviews
Check out my reviews of folk, Americana, alt.country, and bluegrass CDs that came out in 2007. CD reviews are listed alphabetically by the artist's first name.

Folk Music CDs - 2008 Folk Music CD Reviews
Check out my reviews of folk, Americana, alt.country, and bluegrass CDs that came out in 2008. CD reviews are listed alphabetically by the artist's first name.

Alt-Country - News Information and Articles About Alt-Country Artists and Bands
Alt-Country (aka Alternative Country Music) bands range from Texas rockers the Gourds to folk and country mavericks like Johnny Cash. Learn more about this versatile and innovative area of the music world, its artists, and what counts as alt-country music.

Folk Artists K-R
A list of artist profiles for performers whose last names begin with letters K-R

Folk Artists S-Z
A list of artist profiles for performers whose last names begin with letters S-Z

Bluegrass
Bluegrass music has its roots in old Country and spirituals. It's some of the oldest American Folk Music around, and is enjoying one of the biggest resurgences with music fans. Check out this introduction to the world of Bluegrass music, its artists and history.

Folk Labels
Believe it or not, there are actually record companies that devote all their time and money to Folk artists! Learn who those lables are and who the artists they support are.

Folk Rock Artists
Meet Folk Rock's most valuable players from The Byrds to Dan Bern. Make yourself familiar with the genre, or just check out my recommendations.

House Concerts
Learn about the newest craze in the Folk world - house concerts! I'll tell you what they're all about, where you can look to find house concerts near you, how you can throw one at your house, and what to expect if you're the performer!

Pete Seeger - Folk Singer/Songwriter Pete Seeger
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the legendary Pete Seeger.

Contemporary Singer/Songwriters
Learn more about your favorite Singer/Songwriters, and meet knew artists you may not hear of anywhere else!

The Waybacks - Bluegrass/Rock Band The Waybacks
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of the grassrock band The Waybacks.

Tony Trischka - News and Information About Tony Trischka
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of banjo legend Tony Trischka.

Uncle Earl - Old Time Band - Bluegrass Artists Uncle Earl
Keep an eye on this page for information, biography, reviews and recommendations pertaining to the work of Uncle Earl.

Folk Music CDs - 2009 Folk Music CD Reviews
Check out my reviews of folk, Americana, alt-country, and bluegrass CDs that came out in 2009. CD reviews are listed alphabetically by the artist's first name.

Books About Folk Music
Reviews and recommendations of books to read about the history of American folk music and some of its key players.

FAQ
What is Folk music? Where did it come from? Why should you care? I'll answer all these questions and more!

Folk Alliance - News and Information About the North American Folk Alliance Conference
The annual North American Folk Alliance conference is based in Memphis, Tenn., and takes place each February.

Protest Songs - Protest Music - Political Folk Music
Articles and other information about the role of traditional and contemporary American folk music in social protest.

American Folk Songs - History of American Folk Songs
Learn more about individual American folk songs, the place they had in history, and how they have adapted to the ever-changing world of American folk music.

Glossary of Terms
Tired of getting funny looks when you ask your Folk music fan friends what a hootenanny is? You could probably stand to brush up on you Folk lingo. Take a look at my glossary of terms, take some notes, and you'll be talking folkspeak in no time.

Grammy Coverage
Nominees, results, articles and opinion related to the annual Grammy Awards.

Holiday Folk
There's nothing about any holiday that doesn't scream

Folk Music Movies - Movies About American Folk Music
Reviews and recommendations of movies about the history of American folk music and some of its key players.

Pickathon - Information and Photos from the Pickathon Roots Music Festival
The Pickathon Roots Music Festival takes place every summer near Portland, Oregon.

American Folk Festivals - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
When considering what to say about a folk festival, there's really no good place to start. There's the incredible crowds that show up to support traditional and contemporary folk music, and the feeling of solidarity. And then there's the unprecedented breadth of music represented. The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival is no exception.

Wintergrass Festival
This annual bluegrass and old time festival takes place each winter in Tacoma, WA.

Folk Music Artists on Tour A-M
Here's a look at live concert reviews for folk music and Americana artists, listed alphabetically A-M.

Folk Artists on Tour N-Z
Here's a look at live concert reviews for folk music and Americana artists, listed alphabetically N-Z.

2010 CD Reviews
Check out my reviews of folk, Americana, alt-country, and bluegrass CDs that came out in 2010. CD reviews are listed alphabetically by the artist's first name.

2011 CD Reviews
Check out my reviews of folk, Americana, alt-country, and bluegrass CDs that came out in 2011. CD reviews are listed alphabetically by the artist's first name.

2012 CD Reviews
Check out my reviews of folk, Americana, alt-country, and bluegrass CDs that came out in 2012. CD reviews are listed alphabetically by the artist's first name.

Folk Music Collections
The best way to learn more about American folk music is to listen to it. Here's a look at some of the most important box sets and collections available for newcomers to the form and long-time collectors alike.

Top Ten Lists
What are the top ten artists of all of Folk music? What about the ten best Folk CDs of all time? Check out this page, where you can learn more about Folk's legends, up-and-comers, and everyone in between!

Folk Artists - Bluegrass Artists - alt.country Artists
Do you want to learn more about Bill Monroe? Or do you just want to find out how that new Dar Williams CD is? Artist profiles and revies are all here!

Awards - Best of Folk Music - Folk Music Awards
Get notalgic as you look back over the highlights of folk music from last year. Check out the Americana charts, see who's winning awards, or just get the scoop on About Folk Music's favorite CDs and shows.

Album Reviews
Before you go out and buy an album, it's always nice to find out what other people have to say about it so you don't waste your time and money. Check out my reviews of current releases. Alphabetical by artist first name.

Folk Festivals - Festivals of American Folk and Americana Music
Folk music festivals are one of the best ways to learn about new artists and all the variant styles of American folk and roots music. Keep your eyes here for news and information about noteworthy folk and Americana festivals.

Folk Music - Introduction to American Folk Music
Learn evrything you could ever want or need to know about Folk Music, including where and how it started, who's kept it going, and what you can look forward to as a fan.

Folk Musicians - Information For Folk Musicians
Whether you want to start playing out, or you have been for years, I can help you learn more about where to go and what to do next! Check out my resources for working Folk artists.

Concerts/Tours
Concert Reviews are listed in order of the artist's first name.

Woody Guthrie's Best 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.

Best Folk Music for Kids
From Pete Seeger to Jerry Garcia and beyond, here's a look at some of the best folk music for children.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Best Folk Music 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.

Best Folk Music 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.

Classic Folk 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.

Background and History of Patriotic American Folk Songs
Here's a look at the background of some of the most popular and memorable patriotic American folk songs.

Best Folk Music 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.

Best Folk Music 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.

Essential Folk Music 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.

Famous Folk Music Duos
From Simon & Garfunkel to the Indigo Girls and Shovels & Rope...folk music duos make some of the best contemporary folk music.

Best 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.

Lesser-Known Folk Rock Bands 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.

Folk Song History of We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Folk Song History of Goodnight Irene
From Leadbelly to the Weavers and beyond,

Biography and Profile of 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.

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.

Gregory Alan Isakov - Interview with Gregory Alan Isakov Continued
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. Page 2.

Brandi Carlile Interview: The Story
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.

Brandi Carlile - Interview With Brandi Carlile About The Story CD Page 2
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. Page 2.

Brandi Carlile - Interview With Brandi Carlile About The Story CD Page 3
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. Page 3.

Folk Song History of Michael Row the Boat Ashore


History of O Christmas Tree


Folk Song History of Oh Susanna


Folk Song History of We Shall Not Be Moved


History and Overview of Folk Rock
Check out a brief history of Folk Rock, its artists and characteristics

A Timeline of the Popularization of American Folk Music
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Folk Music Timeline - The Almanac Singers Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Folk Music Timeline - The Weavers Kingston Trio and the Folk-Pop Revival
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Folk Music Timeline - Bob Dylan and the Folk-Rock Revolution
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Folk Music Timeline - James Taylor and the Sensitive Singer-Songwriter
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Folk Music Timeline - A New Wave of Folk-Pop
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Folk Music Timeline - Ani Difranco and the Indie Folk Revolution
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Folk Music Timeline - The Internet and the Digitalization of Contemporary Folk Music
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Folk Music Timeline - What's Next in the History of American Folk Music
When looking at the very big picture, the truth is that American folk music stretches way back to the very beginnings of the country, and recording the date the first official folk song was penned would be next to impossible. What is possible is to talk about how and when folk music started to be presented as a

Profile of 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 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.

All About 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.

Movies Starring Bob Dylan
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.

Movies Starring Bob Dylan
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.

Best Folk Music Albums of the 2000s
Here's a look at the best folk music albums of the 2000s.

Best Folk Music Albums of the 2000s
Here's a look at the best folk music albums of the 2000s.

Ten of the Best Bob Dylan 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.

Great Mandolin Players in Folk and Bluegrass
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.

Bruce Springsteen's Best Folk Songs
Bruce Springsteen has, throughout his career, touched on just about every genre of music from folk to rock and the blues. Ever since tackling an album of songs paying tribute to Pete Seeger, though, Springsteen's folksinger street cred has increased substantially. The question

Artists Similar to Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan made such an impression on the folk music world--and modern music in general--that critics and fans have been looking for an artist who would live up to his genius and legacy for decades now. Countless artists have been labeled

New York Open Mic - An (Incomplete) Listing
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.

Before You Buy Folk Music CDs...
If you're new to this whole folk music thing, check out my basic overall primer of some things to consider before you go out buying random folk CDs.

The Weavers - Biography and Profile
Learn more about seminal folk music supergroup The Weavers, with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.

Citizen Cope - Interview With Citizen Cope
Cope's honest, eloquent lyrics and infusion of blues, folk and hip-hop elements are just the right blend to keep mainstream radio and media scratching their heads. I caught up with him in the midst of his tour for a quick Q&A.

If I Had a Hammer - Folk Song History
Learn more about the history of the protest song

Protest Songs Against the Iraq War and George W. Bush
List of protest songs written about the George W. Bush administration, the War in Iraq, and other millennial political issues.

Protest Songs Against the Iraq War and George W. Bush
List of protest songs written about the George W. Bush administration, the War in Iraq, and other millennial political issues.

Essential Ani DiFranco Songs
Learn more about Ani DiFranco with this list of some of her very best songs, from protest songs to love songs and beyond.

Essential Ani DiFranco Songs
Learn more about Ani DiFranco with this list of some of her very best songs, from protest songs to love songs and beyond.

What Is a "Folk Song"?
The folk song is one of the most functional, portable, adaptable and accessible arts of human history. Learn more about American folk music.

Folk Song History of 'Camptown Races (Do Dah)'
A history of preeminent American songwriter Stephen Foster's 1850 folk song.

Jingle Bells - Christmas Carol History of Jingle Bells


Americana Music Characteristics and History
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.

Woody Guthrie - Biography and Profile of Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie is often considered the grandfather of topical American folk songs. Responsible for timeless folk songs like

Bluegrass Music - Best Artists and Bands
Learn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.

Bluegrass Music - Best Artists and Bands
Learn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.

Bluegrass Music - Best Artists and Bands
Learn more about American bluegrass music with this list of essential bluegrass artists.

Books Written 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.

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.

New Folk Women to Watch - Best New Women Artists to Watch in Folk Music
New Folk Women to Watch - Best New Women Artists to Watch in Folk Music

Essential 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.

James Taylor - Biography and Profile
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.

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.

Top Five 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.

Gift Ideas for Bob Dylan Fans
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...

Road Trip Songs - American Folk Music Recommendations For Road Trips
Here's a list of great new American folk songs to take with you when you head out on those summer road trips.

Pickathon - Photos from the 2007 Pickathon Roots Music Festival
Photos from the 9th Annual Pickathon Roots Music Festival, August 3-5, 2007, in Portland, Oregon. Including pictures from live performances by Erin McKeown, Langhorne Slim, the Wood Brothers, Po' Girl, Martha Scanlan, Reverend Peyton and His Big Damn Band, and more.

Mothers Day - Celebrating Folk Music Moms on Mothers Day
This year, Mother's Day falls on May 11, 2008—a great opportunity to celebrate all the talented moms of American folk music. Page 2.

Mothers Day - Celebrating Folk Music Moms on Mothers Day
This year, Mother's Day falls on May 11, 2008—a great opportunity to celebrate all the talented moms of American folk music. Page 3.

Mothers Day - Celebrating Folk Music Moms on Mothers Day
This year, Mother's Day falls on May 11, 2008—a great opportunity to celebrate all the talented moms of American folk music. Page 5.

Mothers Day - Celebrating Folk Music Moms on Mothers Day
This year, Mother's Day falls on May 11, 2008—a great opportunity to celebrate all the talented moms of American folk music. Page 7.

Mothers Day - Celebrating Folk Music Moms on Mothers Day
This year, Mother's Day falls on May 11, 2008—a great opportunity to celebrate all the talented moms of American folk music. Page 8.

Mothers Day - Celebrating Folk Music Moms on Mothers Day
This year, Mother's Day falls on May 11, 2008—a great opportunity to celebrate all the talented moms of American folk music. Page 9.

Mothers Day - Celebrating Folk Music Moms on Mothers Day
This year, Mother's Day falls on May 11, 2008—a great opportunity to celebrate all the talented moms of American folk music.

Folk Music Genres
Subgenres within folk music including Blue Grass and alt-country.

Best Folk Music CDs - Best Folk Music CDs From 2006
2006 was absolutely wrought with incredible releases from tried-and-true folk artists, as well as some exciting up-and-comers. Here's a list at some of the best work to come out of the worlds of folk music, bluegrass and alt.country over the course of 2006.

List of Open Mic Nights in Seattle, Washington
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.

Interviews with Folksingers
Learn more about folk music from the people who make it. Here's a look at our various interviews with folk and Americana artists.

KT Tunstall - Best Folk Artists I Learned About This Year - Best Folk Artists 2006
Here's a look at some of the best folk artists I just found out about this year (2006), including folk rockers like Ray LaMontagne and Brandi Carlile, as well as bluegrass bands like The Wilders.

Folk Music Blogs - Listing of Recommended Folk Music Blogs
Here's a list of some recommended folk music blogs and blogs about bluegrass, alt.country, Americana and folk-rock bands and artists.

American Folk Music - A Brief History
History of American folk music, from topical and protest music to folk-pop, indie roots, Americana, bluegrass, and other forms of acoustic music.

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Pete Seeger's Best Songs - A List of Essentials
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.

Ten Most Used and Best Folk Guitars
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.

Top Five Instrumental Songs for Banjo
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.

Most Influential Folk Music Artists
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.

Folk Music and Country Music - What's the Difference?
What's the difference between folk music and country? Learn more about the history of when country and folk music parted ways.

Musical Instrument: Dobro - Definition and Description
This acoustic instrument was added to the Bluegrass band line-up by Lester Flatt in the 1950s. Learn more.

What is Folk Music? Definition and Brief History
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.

Tips For Songwriters - 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).

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.

Bob Dylan Protest Songs and the Civil Rights Movement
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 Story of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
Folk music singers Joan Baez and Bob Dylan wowed audiences whenever they dueted in live concerts. Backstage the pairing was not always so melodic.

Guantanamera - Folk Song History of Guantanamera


We Shall Overcome - History of the Civil Rights Anthem
Brief history of one of the most memorable American folk song anthems from the Civil Rights movement -

I've Been Working On the Railroad - Folk Song History
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Yankee Doodle - Background Information and History
Learn more about the song

Anti-War Protest Songs
Learn more about the rich history of protest music in American folk, with this list of essential protest songs.

Important Women in American Folk Music
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.

Important Women in American Folk Music
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.

Important Women in American Folk Music
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.

Why is Bob Dylan Fighting Factory Girl?
I'm not big on celebrity gossip and overblown feuds. Artists have a right to be temperamental, as far as I'm concerned. But I can't take it anymore. I have to

The Story of the "Hurricane" - Behind Bob Dylan's Song
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

“Ballad of a Thin Man” Mr. Jones (Who Is He?)
So just who is Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's song,

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan Biography and Profile
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
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.”

This Little Light of Mine - Folk Song History
Learn the history of this folk song - the lyrics, who recorded it and its connection to the Civil Right movement.

Peter Paul and Mary, Folk Trio Artist Profile
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.

American Bluegrass Music Brief History
A brief history of the American bluegrass music, from the Foggy Mountain Boys to Nickle Creek.

Bob Dylan's Life and Career 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.

"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" History and Lyrics
Based on the classic hymn. Folk Music.

Alternate Guitar Tunings Tips and Info
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
Folk Song History of House of the Rising Sun

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.

Bob Dylan Songs and Plagiarism Accusations
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?

Songs and Lyrics About Labor Hero 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.

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: Two Legendary Songwriters
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.

Nickel Creek Albums - Discography
Learn more about newgrass/genre-defiant path-forging band Nickel Creek with this brief history of their albums. Complete discography.

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.

Thanksgiving Songs - Folk Music for the Holidays
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.

Artists to Watch at Folk Alliance 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.

Americana Festival 2012 - Artists to Watch at 2012 Americana Festival
The Americana Music Association's Festival and Conferencetakes place in September or October of each year, in Nashville, Tenn. Before you head out for the 2012 festival, be sure to get acquainted with this incredible artists you don't want to miss.

Newport Folk Festival 2013 - Artists to Watch
The 2013 Newport Folk Festival will take place at Fort Adams Park in Newport, RI, July 26-28. If you're heading out to check out the festivities this year, be sure you don't miss these five artists to watch at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Best of 2012 - Year of Folk Duos
American folk music has a long history of two-person collaborations, from Pete Seeger and Lee Hays to Simon & Garfunkel, to Shovels + Rope. Learn more about five of 2012's most notable folk music duos, and how duo collaborations became one of the most notable folk music trends of the year.

Guy Clark Songs - Five Essentials
Learn more about the incredible career of folk music Grammy nominee Guy Clark with this brief list of some of his best songs.

New Canadian Folk Music - Best New Canadian Folk Music Singer-Songwriters
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.

New Folk Music - Albums Due in 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.

Claire Lynch - Biography and Profile
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.

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.

Bruce Springsteen - CD Review of Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome The Seeger Sessions
Bruce Springsteen was right on target with not trying too hard to make this record polished. As a result, it comes off as a rather impromptu affair - something folk music is known for adoring. Still, hard core folkies and true blue Pete Seeger fans may be a little disappointed.

Bob Dylan Goes Electric at 1965 Newport Folk Festival
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.

Pete Seeger - The Power of Song Documentary Movie
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 - A Brief History
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.

Folk Music and Bluegrass Instruments
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All About Indie Folk Music (Lo-Fi Indie)
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.

Folk Song History of Scarborough Fair
A history of the traditional folk song, covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s.

American Folk Songs About Economic Recession
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.

Essential Songs by Joan Baez
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.

Essential Alison Krauss Songs
Learn more about Alison Krauss with this look at some of her best songs, wiht and without Union Station.

Patty Griffin's Best Songs
Learn more about Patty Griffin through these, some of her best songs and essential recordings.

Woody Guthrie's Best 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.

Essential Joni Mitchell Songs
Learn more about Joni Mitchell with this brief list of some of her very best songs.

Folk Songs - Recommendations for the Best Folk Songs of 2008
Folk songs aren't always songs that were written a hundred years ago. Great new folk songs are popping up all the time. Here's a look at some of the best new folk songs released in 2008.

Folk Music Poets - Top 10 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...

Folk and Acoustic Music - What's the Difference?
Learn more about what distinguishes American folk music from the pop music critics often refer to as

Bob Dylan - The Ten Best Moments of 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.

Folk Music Twitter - Folk Music Artists to Follow on Twitter
Twitter has become a great way of keeping in contact with your friends and acquaintances. And now, it's also a great way to stay in touch with your favorite musicians. Here's a look at some of the most informative and entertaining Twitter feeds maintained by folk and Americana music artists.

Gay Rights Music - Folk Music Artists For Gay Rights
Folk artists have long championed the quest for civil rights, from the movement for equal rights for African-Americans to the immigrants' movement and the gay rights movement. Here's a look at some folk artists who have long championed the rights of LGBT people.

Christmas and Hanukkah Music - Folk Music CDs for Christmas and Hanukkah
As the holidays approach, here's a look at some of the most notable holiday folk music CDs to get you in the spirit.

Best Folk Music Artists of the 2000s
These great new folk artists started a millennial folk revival that continues now. Learn more about the best folk music artists of the 2000s.

Stringbands - Great Contemporary Folk Music and Bluegrass Stringbands
If you trace back the tradition of stringband music (guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass; sometimes mandolin and/or dobro), you'll find folk, country, bluegrass, ragtime, and several other styles. Nowadays, some of the most remarkable stringbands are pulling not only from those rich traditions, but also modern rock, soul, gospel, jazz and r&b. Learn more about great modern stringbands with this primer list.

Best of SXSW 2010 - Best Folk and Roots Artists from SXSW 2010
South by Southwest 2010 was a whirlwind four days of music and mayhem. Whether or not you were able to head to Austin, Tex., for this year's annual conference and festival, here's a look at some of the best performances we caught by folk, Americana, and roots artist at SXSW 2010.

Holiday Gifts for 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.

Men of Folk Music - The Most Influential Men of Folk Music
There is no such thing as men's history month. Rather than talk about why, I figured it was only fair to point out the great contributions men have made to American folk music. Since this site already contained a countdown of the important women, why not give equal mention to the men? So here you have it: my top ten picks of the most important men in American folk music.

Folk Music Singers - Best Folk Music Singers and Vocalists
A common misconception is that folksingers are not hugely skilled instrumentalists, much less great vocalists. On the contrary, many excellent vocalists have taken their skills into contemporary folk music, bluegrass and alt.country. Here's a list of a few of the great folk music vocalists.

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.

Bluegrass Pickers - Best Bluegrass Instrumentalists
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.

Folk Music Festivals - Best Summer Folk Music Festivals and Outdoor Concerts
Probably one of the best things to do in the summertime if you're a folk music fan is to head to a folk festival or outdoor concert series. From St. Louis to New York City, the Rocky Mountains and rural Washington State, folk music fans have got it made for the summertime.

Alt-Country Artists - Essential Alternative Country Artists
Alternative country was a movement in response to the overarching mainstreaming of Nashville-based country music. More interested in keeping country music raw and

Best Folk Music Guitarists
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.

'Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation' - Movie Review
If you're looking for a great film about the history of the folk music revival in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, check out this review of 'Greenwich Village'

Claire Lynch - 'Dear Sister' Album Review
Claire Lynch is widely considered one of the finest singers on the bluegrass circuit, and with good reason. Her intuition is sharp and she has a creative ear for manipulating melodies away from the same old predictable directions. Check out this full review of her latest disc 'Dear Sister' and see how it measures up.

Chasin Gus' Ghost - Folk Music and Jug Band Documentary
Learn more about the history of jug bands in American folk music with this great documentary about the life, work, and influence of Gus Cannon.

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.

Nickel Creek - Biography and Profile
Nickel Creek was a leading force in progressive bluegrass until they split in 2007. They reunited in 2013 ... Learn more about Nicekl Creek.

Cat Stevens - Biography and Profile
Learn more about Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) with this biography and profile, including recommended albums and songs.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Folk Song History
The story behind the folk song Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Folk Music and Americana Grammy Winners 2014
Nominees and winners in folk music and Americana categories for the 2014 Grammy Awards, and a list of folk artists nominated in other categories.

"Deck the Halls" - History of a Christmas Carol
History of the beloved Christmas carol

This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark - CD Review
Nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, 'This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark' is a jampacked all-star double disc which has a good chance of winning (if for no reason other than it's gathered so many artists who have been influential throughout the industry). But is it really better than all the other non-all-star collections released in folk and Americana music last year? Check out this full review and see what our conclusion was.

Ramseur Records Christmas - Review of My Favorite Gifts Christmas CD from Ramseur Records
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.

Shawn Colvin Book - Review of Diamond in the Rough a Memoir by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin has followed her music from her Dakota upbringing to the storied pubs of Austin, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and far beyond. In 'Diamond in the Rough' - her new memoir - she tells the story of how and when her love affair with music began, and how she's managed to keep the fire burning all this time.

Woody Guthrie at 100 - Live at the Kennedy Center CD and DVD
In 2012, to pay tribute to Woody Guthrie on his 100th birthday, a slew of artists ranging from topical singer-songwriters like Ry Cooder, Ani DiFranco, Tom Morello, and Jimmy LaFave, teamed up with bluegrassers and traditionalists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury Band, and more, for a monster tribute concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Now, Legacy Records and the Woody Guthrie Archive have teamed up to release this CD/DVD set titled 'Woody at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center'. Check out my review.

Elizabeth Mitchell and Dan Zanes - Turn Turn Turn Album Review
Elizabeth Mitchell and Dan Zanes are both widely known and loved for their light, easy, accessible approach to music for children and families. It's surprising it took them until 2013 to record a collaborative album, given that fact, but the disc is well worth the wait. Check out my full review of 'Turn Turn Turn' by Elizabeth Mitchell and Dan Zanes.

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott - Memories and Moments CD review
Almost exactly one year after releasing a collaborative album titled 'We're Usually A Lot Better Than This,' Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott are back with this collaborative studio record. 'Memories and Moments' is a collection of both artists' original tunes packed together with covers by Hank Williams, John Prine, and George Jones, not to mention some other co-writes. Check out my full review of 'Memories and Moments' by Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott.

Joan Baez - CD Review of Joan Baez 'The First 10 Years'
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