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Holly Williams - CD Review of the Highway
On her third full-length album, Holly Williams takes a folkier turn toward a more singer-songwriter style of music. Still with the old family twang, and with a pile of stories to break your heart, 'The Highway' is easily Holly Williams' finest work yet. Check out this full review for more information.

Ruth Moody - These Wilder Things CD Review
Ruth Moody is perhaps best known as one-third of the Wailin Jennys, but she's also forged quite a glorious solo career with a small handful of discs released on Red House Records. With the release of her 2013 full-length solo album (featuring contributions from Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, the Wailin Jennys, and more), Moody further solidifies her skills as a solo singer-songwriter. Learn more with this full review.

Melissa Ferrick - The Truth Is album review
Melissa Ferrick's seventeenth album sees her exploring what she can do with lush arrangements and creative license. Find out whether and how it all works with this full review of 'The Truth Is', out on MPress Records in June 2013.

Aoife O'Donovan - Fossils CD Review
Aoife O'Donovan began her career as the frontwoman for Boston-based progressive stringband Crooked Still, but has since established herself as an in-demand songwriter with a knack for catchy hooks. After contributing a song to Alison Krauss's last album and the dissolution of Crooked Still's collaboration (since everyone was working on other projects), O'Donovan inked a deal with Yep Roc Records and started to work at her first solo album. Check out my full review of Aoife O'Donovan's solo debut, 'Fossils'.

Paul Simon Graceland - CD Review of Paul Simon's Graceland
Paul Simon's 1986 release 'Graceland' was a huge hit pop record for the folk-infused singer-songwriter. Not only did it score him some radio hits and Grammy Awards, but it also introduced a young generation to the music of South Africa during a time of that country's cultural isolation. Read a full review of Paul Simon's 'Graceland' here.

Emmylou Harris - CD Review of Emmylou Harris All I Intended to Be
When you have a voice like Emmylou Harris, you may as well sing the saddest songs you can find. Even the title of this record, 'All I Intended to Be,' is drenched with sadness and regret. Joined here by some of Nashville's finest musicians—Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Stuart Duncan, and others—Harris delivers just what you'd expect from her at this point: a heart-wrenching album full of sad, lonely songs with lines that tug hard and cry harder.

Which Side Are You On - Folk Song History
Written in 1931 by Florence Reece,

Protest Music - Does Protest Music Make Any Difference
Somehow, whether your mode of protest song is a sing-along or more of a lesson, focusing on that simplest of commonalities is something very few politicians, preachers, or teachers can exemplify quite as well as a songwriter. Why is that? I don't know that many people have cracked that code, but I don’t think that's quite as important a question to answer, as much as

Over the River and Through the Woods - Folk Song History
Everyone knows great holiday songs for Christmas and Hannukah, but Thanksgiving songs are a little harder to come by. Learn the story of one of the best loved Thanksgiving songs -

Auld Lang Syne - Folk Song History of Auld Lang Syne


Blowin in the Wind - Folk Song History of Blowin in the Wind
Blowin' in the Wind is, inarguably, one of the most popular protest songs in the history of the craft, although when Bob Dylan introduced it to the world in 1962, he insisted it wasn't a protest song.

Big Rock Candy Mountain - Folk Song History of Big Rock Candy Mountain


Silent Night - Christmas Carol History of Silent Night


Sunday Morning Coming Down - Folk Song History of Sunday Morning Coming Down


Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Folk Song History of Swing Low Sweet Chariot


Signature Sounds - Record Label Profile
Signature Sounds is one of the finest, most reliable independent record labels dedicated to the proliferation of music by independent, innovative roots music artists, folk bands, and singer-songwriters. Learn more about this great label with this introductory history and profile.

Whitehorse - Biography and Profile of Whitehorse
Whitehorse is a Canadian singer-songwriter duo comprised of Melissa McLelland and her husband Luke Doucet. While both of these artists had productive solo careers, they've been playing on each other's albums for long enough they finally decided to forge a duo career of their own. Learn more about McLelland, Doucet, and their band Whitehorse with this introductory bio and profile.

Scott Miller - Biography and Profile of Scott Miller
Scott Miller started his career as singer-songwriter for popular Americana band the V-Roys. After that group split, he took off on his own and began performing with his band the Commonwealth. Now a fully solo artist, Miller's songs are an interesting blend of traditional folk storytelling and a raw rock and roll spirit. Learn more about Scott Miller with this bio and profile.

Carlene Carter - Biography and profile of Carlene Carter
Carlene Carter is carrying on the legacy of her incredibly talented family, making music which straddles the line between folk and country and endearing her story to a new generation of listeners. Check out this bio and profile for more information about Carlene Carter.

Ben Sollee - Biography and Profile of Ben Sollee
From his collaborations with Abigail Washburn, the Sparrow Quartet, and Daniel Martin Moore, to his incredibly imaginative solo work, Ben Sollee is one of the most promising young singer-songwriters on the American folk music circuit these days. Learn more about his life and work with this biography and profile of Ben Sollee.

Shovels and Rope - Biography and Profile
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent form one of the most buzzed-about folk music duos to have dropped an album in 2012. Learn more about their collaboration (known better as Shovels + Rope) with this introductory bio and profile.

Shannon Whitworth - Biography and Profile
From her time as banjo and guitar player for NC-based bluegrass outfit the Biscuit Burners to her moody and sensual solo work, Shannon Whitworth has dabbled in several areas of the Americana blanket. Learn more about Shannon Whitworth's music and career with this introductory bio and profile.

Holly Williams - Biography and Profile
Holly Williams, it goes almost without saying, inherited the strong musical gene in the Williams family line. Daughter of Hank, Jr., and sister of Hank III, Holly has taken a decidedly different musical path, veering more toward the folk- and traditional-country-infused music for which her grandfather was known than for mainstream country-pop where her father has reigned. Learn more about Holly Williams with this introductory biography and profile.

Amanda Shires - Biography and Profile
Amanda Shires started her career as the fiddler for Lubbock, Tex.-based alt-country band the Thrift Store Cowboys. But, she soon left that group to forge her own career as a solo singer-songwriter in Nashville, Tenn. Since then, Shires has delivered some of the most imaginative music on the Americana and contemporary folk singer-songwriter scenes. Learn more about this up-and-coming artist with this introductory bio and profile of Amanda Shires.

The Stray Birds - Biography and Profile
The Stray Birds have, since mid-2012, been on of the most buzzed-about new bands on the contemporary folk, bluegrass, and Americana circuits. The fact that they straddle all three with ease is a testament to their remarkable command of the music they make. Learn more about the Stray Birds with this bio and profile.

William Elliott Whitmore - Biography and Profile of William Elliott Whitmore
William Elliott Whitmore has slowly been gaining traction among folk music and Americana fans over the last few years, but his 2011 release 'Field Songs' has solidified his place in the genre. Learn more about William Elliott Whitmore with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended albums and MP3s.

Trampled by Turtles - Biography and Profile of Trampled by Turtles
Trampled by Turtles hail from a rather unsuspecting music mecca - that of Duluth, Minnesota. But, through the past few years, they've certainly made their mark on the folk and bluegrass music festival circuit with their energetic performances and creative instrumentation. Learn more about Trampled by Turtles with this introductory bio.

Sweet Honey in the Rock - Biography and Profile of Sweet Honey in the Rock
Sweet Honey in the Rock have been one of the greatest staples of the contemporary folk music movement. From their formation in the early 1970s until the present day, Sweet Honey has traveled the world, bringing their optimistic approach to vocal music and African rhythms to audiences and schools everywhere. Learn more about Sweet Honey in the Rock with this introductory bio.

Rooftop Singers - Biography and Profile
The Rooftop Singers were one of the most popular singing groups during the mid-20th Century folk music revival in America. Learn more about the history of the Rooftop Singers and how their music helped influence later singing groups, with this introductory bio and profile.

Aoife O'Donovan - Biography and Profile
Aoife O'Donovan is perhaps so far best known for being the frontwoman in envelope-pushing bluegrass outfit Crooked Still. But, since that band's dissolution, O'Donovan has been lending her voice to other projects, including a solo album due out June 2013. Learn more about Aoife O'Donovan with this brief biography and profile.

Ruth Moody - Biography and Profile
Ruth Moody may be best known as one-third of the beloved Canadian folk group the Wailin' Jennys. But, Moody has forged quite the solo career for herself across a handful of stirring and emotionally provocative albums. Learn more about Ruth Moody with this introductory biography and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Tall Heights - Biography and Profile
Boston folk duo Tall Heights is one of the most buzzed-about bands on the national folk circuit right now, turning their two voices, a guitar, and a cello into some of the most lovely and lush arrangements. Learn more about this up-and-coming folk music duo with this introductory bio and profile.

Michael Kiwanuka - Biography and Profile
Micahel Kiwanuka started his career as a guitar player, backing up various bands around London and working in rock and roll. But, on the side, he was honing his skills as a folk-soul singer-songwriter, in the tradition of Bill Withers and Richie Havens. His 2012 debut solo album 'Home Again' has earned praise from NPR and the Guardian, as well as a spot at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, among other coveted gigs (i.e. opening for Adele, etc). Learn more about Michael Kiwanuka with this introductory bio and profile.

Mandolin Orange - Biography and Profile
North Carolina-based singer-songwriter duo Mandolin Orange have been slowly gaining traction on the folk and Americana circuits over the past couple of years. Learn more about this great emergent songwriting team, with this complete bio and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Anais Mitchell - Biography and Profile of Anais Mitchell
Anais Mitchell is perhaps one of the most talented lesser-known singer-songwriters at work in the folk realm. Her 'Hadestown' folk opera has been impressing audiences all over the world and, in 2012, she'll release a new album as a follow-up. Learn more about Anais Mitchell with this introductory bio and profile.

The Mamas and the Papas - Biography and Profile of the Mamas and the Papas
The Mamas and the Papas scored nearly a dozen Top 40 singles during their brief career (which only lasted three years). Learn more about the Mamas and the Papas with this brief bio and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Mumford and Sons - Biography and Profile of Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons received a remarkable four Grammy nominations in 2011, making them one of the most successful folk-rock bands of the year. Learn more about this great English band, with this introductory biography and profile of Mumford and Sons, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Laura Marling - Biography and Profile of Laura Marling
Laura Marling is one of England's best and most beloved folk/Americana singer-songwriters. Learn more about her remarkable career with this brief biography.

Corb Lund - Biography and Profile of Corb Lund
Corb Lund has been around for quite some time, but it seems the word about his great traditionalist approach to country music is finally starting to spread. As the world turns on to Corb Lund's great new album, learn more about this finally up-and-coming Canadian roots music singer-songwriter.

Kelly Joe Phelps - Biography and Profile of Kelly Joe Phelps
Kelly Joe Phelps is a darling of the contemporary folk singer-songwriter circuit. As he readies a new album for release, learn more about Kelly Joe Phelps with this brief bio and profile.

The Lumineers - Biography and Profile
Denver-based Americana trio the Lumineers earned Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album in 2013. Learn more about the Lumineers and what their music might have in store for you.

John Fullbright - Biography and Profile
John Fullbright burst on the scene in 2012 with one of the most remarkable debut albums in the folk/roots/Americana world in some time. Learn more about Fullbright and why he's so deserving of his 2013 Grammy Nomination, with this biography and profile.

Chapin Sisters - Biography and Profile
The Chapin Sisters have been emerging on the national folk music scene for the past several years, from the release of their Lake Bottom LP in 2008 through to their full-length tribute to the Everly Brothers, which is due in 2013. Learn more about Abigail and Lily Chapin, and their half-sister Jessica Craven (now on hiatus from the group) with this introductory bio and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Black Prairie - Biography and Profile
Black Prairie burst on the scene back in 2010 with a high-octane bluegrass album which was hailed as more of a side project for members of the Decemberists. But, with their sophomore effort - 'A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart' - the band has solidified its place as one of the most creative bands on the contemporary folk and bluegrass circuit. Learn more about Black Prairie with this introductory bio and profile.

Andrew Duhon - Biography and Profile
New Orleans songwriter Andrew Duhon is earning a lot of buzz on the singer-songwriter circuit for his 2013 release 'The Moorings'. Learn more about Andrew Duhon with this biography and background.

Hurray for the Riff Raff - Biography and Profile
Hurray for the Riff Raff may have been making their way through the folk and roots music circuit since 2008, but it's their 2013 release 'Look Out Mama' that has scored them some serious buzz as a new band to be reckoned with. Learn more about Hurray for the Riff Raff and Alynda Lee Segarra with this bio and profile.

Civil Wars - Biography and Profile of the Civil Wars
The Civil Wars were a major buzz band in the folk and Americana world in 2011, after Taylor Swift endorsed them on Twitter. They performed at the 2011 Americana Awards and even received a couple of Grammy nominations. Learn more about the Civil Wars - Joy Williams and John Paul White - with this brief bio and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Ry Cooder - Biography and Profile of Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder is one of the Americana world's most highly respected singer-songwriter-guitarists. He's played with everyone from Randy Newman to John Hiatt and Nick Lowe, not to mention released notable albums of his own solo material. Learn more about Ry Cooder with this introductory biography and profile.

Hiss Golden Messenger - Biography and Profile of Hiss Golden Messenger
Over the past year or so, North Carolina has proven fertile ground for great up-and-coming singer-songwriters. The latest export from that part of Appalachia is indie folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger. Learn more about this rising new act with this basic introduction.

Hayes Carll - Biography and Profile of Hayes Carll
Hayes Carll is part of a new generation of highly buzzed-about singer-songwriters from Texas - a state with an incredible history of great singer-songwriters. Learn more about Hayes Carll with this brief introductory bio and profile, and learn why he's one of Texas' finest artists to watch.

Iris DeMent - Biography and Profile
Iris DeMent has been one of American folk music's most candid and gifted songwriters in the singer-songwriter world. Learn more about Iris DeMent with this introductory biography and profile.

Birds of Chicago - Interview with JT Nero and Allison Russell
Both JT Nero and Allison Russell are no strangers to the American folk music circuit. With their previous bands - JT & the Clouds and Po'Girl, respectively - they made waves on the club and festival routes. But with their new collaborative project - Birds of Chicago - they're forging new ground. Check out my interview with Nero and Russell about what fuels their collaboration.

Like a Rolling Stone - History of Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone
When “Like a Rolling Stone” hit the airwaves on July 20, 1965, things would never be the same. The impact was enormous. Revolutionary. And it's no overstatement to say that this extraordinary song was instrumental in reshaping not only Bob Dylan's career, but in many ways, the entire spectrum of American popular music.

Bob Dylan Don't Look Back - Movie Analysis of Bob Dylan 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.

Bob Dylan History - History of How Columbia Records Discovered Bob Dylan
There's much controversy as to what inspired John Hammond—Columbia Records' all-time greatest A&R man—into signing Bob Dylan to the label. Some say it was Robert Shelton's legendary review in the New York Times. Others claim Hammond already had Dylan in his sights when the review was published. Either way, on September 30, 1961, Dylan found himself sitting signing on a dotted line that would over time make Columbia Records his home record label for what now amounts to five decades.

What Is Dylanology? - Dylanology and Dylanologists
Although the term “Dylanology” once carried a stigma of obsessive fanaticism, these days the word has gained considerable respect, with Dylanologists ranging anywhere between hardcore bloggers and professional biographers, to fanzine editors and Big-Ten university professors. Learn more about Dylanology here.

Bob Dylan Song History - The Making of Bob Dylan's Song "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"
When Bob Dylan's classic song “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” was released as a single in 1966, it quickly blasted up the charts, flooding the American airwaves as schools of rockers flocked to the record stores en masse, snatching up the vinyl 45s as fast as CBS Records could stamp them out. Read more about the making of Dylan's

Bob Dylan's Controversial Lingerie Ad - Victoria's Secret, Angels in Venice
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.”

Blue Rodeo
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 17.

Amos Lee
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 3.

Ani Difranco
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 22.

Elvis Perkins
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 10.

Guy Clark
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 12.

Jeff Tweedy
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 5.

Kathleen Edwards
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 9.

Mindy Smith
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 13.

Zoe Lewis
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more... Page 11.

2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
The 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival featured an ecclectic blend of Canadian, British, and Australian singer/songwriters, grassrock, political rants, world music a cappella, and other forms of American roots music – including stellar performances by Ani Difranco, The Waifs, Martin Sexton, Kris Kristofferson, and many more...

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Living in Clip
After almost ten years of touring pretty much nonstop, Ani DiFranco released her first live album—Living in Clip: a two-disc set featuring her greatest hits to that point. Page 9.

Lyrics and Tabs to American Folk Songs and Bluegrass Music
Here is a listing of Web sites that offer information, lyrics, tablatures and guitar chords from folk songs, protest songs, bluegrass and alt.country songs. Learn the words and guitar chords so that you can sing and play along with your favorite folk songs by your favorite folk artists.

African-American Folk Music - A Brief History
Learn more about the influence of African-American music on the evolution of American folk music, with this brief history.

African-Americans in Folk Music, cont.
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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.

Gregory Alan Isakov - CD Review of Gregory Alan Isakov This Empty Northern Hemisphere
Gregory Alan Isakov has been up-and-coming for some time, but his third self-released album, 'This Empty Northern Hemisphere', is poised to be his breakthrough. With original lyrics which straddle longing, nostalgia, and heartache, Isakov delivers songs that defy categorization and speak to more universal truths. Backed by Brandi Carlile on a handful of tunes (with whom he's currently on tour), Isakov delivers one of the best breakthrough albums of recent note.

Rosie Thomas - CD Review of Rosie Thomas These Friends of Mine
The first thing I thought about upon hearing Rosie Thomas' latest record, These Friends of Mine was springtime in New York: that quiet place between the biting, whirring hibernation of winter and the happy, loud, flaunting summertime; when it's still okay to be introspective and yet the songs are slowly turning playful. It is all of these elements that make Thomas such a great songwriter, and this record is no exception.

Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks - The Making of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks
One of the most important albums of the 1970s, when Blood on the Tracks was unleashed on January 17, 1975, it was as if Bob Dylan poked a stick into a restless hive of music critics, stirring up a gust of opinions. Read more about the making of Blood on the Tracks!

History of the Folk Revival
The folk revival of the 1960s is often the starting point of fascination with the style for many contemporary folk fans.

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.

Hip Hop & Folk Music - A Look at Hip Hop as a Folk Music Movement
Hip Hop started out as a Folk movement, and now rappers and hip hop artists like Kanye West and Common are bringing the social conscience back to their craft.

Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead - A Brief History of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead
For Bob Dylan, a 1987 tour with the Grateful Dead would have obvious benefits, introducing a new bumper crop of budding cafe liberals and pre-pubescent Reagan babies to the premier '60s musical icon. The harvest would be immense... Read more of Dylan's history with the Grateful Dead.

Bob Dylan PhD - Bob Dylan's Honorary Doctorate from Princeton
On June 9, 1970, during one of the lowest points of his career, Bob Dylan was the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Music at the venerable Princeton University. Having just turned 30 two weeks before (and just about to release his all-time worst album, Self Portrait), Dylan rolled up at Nassau Hall in a 1968 Buick Electra, flanked by his wife Sara, David Crosby, and Ben Salzman, his music publisher's husband...

Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue - History of Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue
When Bob Dylan unfurled the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975, it was a time-stopping burst of brilliance that helped define an age. Dylan's gypsy road show paid tribute to the longstanding tradition of American bohemianism. Read more about this seminal moment in American music history.

Bob Dylan Discography - The Complete Bob Dylan Discography - Bob Dylan's albums
Between 1962 with his self-titled debut, and 2009's Christmas in the Heart, Bob Dylan boasts a total of 34 studio albums, 13 live albums, plus a fat handful of compilations. Click here to see Bob Dylan's complete discography, spanning five decades and counting.

Folk Music Artists and Styles - An Introduction
An introduction to the artists and styles that perform and define American folk music, bluegrass and Americana

Reviews of Folk Music CDs, Books and Movies
Folk music, bluegrass, and Americana artists, albums, books, and movies. What's happening in American folk music that you need to hear?

Folk Music History - All About American Folk Music
Appalachian fiddle tunes to banjo instrumentals, topical protest music, the mid-20th-Century folk song

John Prine - Biography and Profile
John Prine's wry and heart-wrenching songwriting style has influenced generations of songwriters. Learn more about John Prine with this brief bio and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Alison Krauss - Discography of Albums by Alison Krauss and Union Station - Alison Kruass Live CD
Alison Krauss is one of the most productive members of the contemporary bluegrass and Americana scenes. Here's a discography of her albums to date, both solo and with Union Station. Page 10.

Alison Krauss - Discography of Albums by Alison Krauss and Union Station
Alison Krauss is one of the most productive members of the contemporary bluegrass and Americana scenes. Here's a discography of her albums to date, both solo and with Union Station. Page 11.

Alison Krauss - Discography of Albums by Alison Krauss and Union Station - Alison Krauss Now That I've Found You CD
Alison Krauss is one of the most productive members of the contemporary bluegrass and Americana scenes. Here's a discography of her albums to date, both solo and with Union Station. Page 6.

Alison Krauss - Discography of Albums by Alison Krauss and Union Station - Alison Krauss So Long So Wrong CD
Alison Krauss is one of the most productive members of the contemporary bluegrass and Americana scenes. Here's a discography of her albums to date, both solo and with Union Station. Page 7.

Alison Krauss - Discography of Albums by Alison Krauss and Union Station - Alison Krauss Two Highways CD
Alison Krauss is one of the most productive members of the contemporary bluegrass and Americana scenes. Here's a discography of her albums to date, both solo and with Union Station. Page 2.

Ani Difranco Red Letter Year - Discography of CDs Released by Ani Difranco
Ani Difranco - Discography of CDs Released by Ani Difranco. Page 20.

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs Released by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Greatest Hits CD Canon
Ani DiFranco's greatest hits CD, Canon is an excellent collection of her classics, as well as a handful of rather well-done re-recorded tunes. Page 19.

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Dilate
Probably her most astute breakup album, Dilate includes classics like

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Educated Guess
Sans band, Ani DiFranco returned to record an entire album on her own again. The result, Educated Guess, has excellent tunes like

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Evolve
With Evolve, DiFranco tackles rock, folk, and latin music, not to mention the exquisitely crafted epic story-song

Ani DiFranco - Imperfectly
Ani DiFranco's CD, Imperfectly, includes songs like

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Like I Said
Ani DiFranco's Like I Said is a

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Little Plastic Castle
Ani DiFranco's Little Plastic Castle CD was kind of all over the map stylistically, but producer DiFranco keeps it together nicely. Highlights include

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Not So Soft
Ani DiFranco's second studio recording includes some more political tunes like

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Not a Pretty Girl
Not a Pretty Girl, Ani DiFranco's

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Out of Range
Ani DiFranco's Out of Range CD features percussionist Andy Stochansky, and some fabulous classics, like

Ani DiFranco - Puddle Dive
The fourth album in the Ani DiFranco catalog includes

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Revelling Reckoning
Ani DiFranco's Revelling/Reckoning is a huge record, not only in the fact that it's absolutely chock full of songs, but it's also full of an outstanding back-up band. Page 13.

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter
Ani DiFranco's So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter was the second live album DiFranco officially released, before her record company started releasing

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco To the Teeth
This album's scathing title track calls to mind the massacre at Columbine, while other highlights like

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Up Up Up Up Up Up
One of DiFranco's best efforts ever, Up Up Up Up Up Up features the excellent Ani DiFranco Band and well-written songs like

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Knuckle Down
Knuckle Down features more great songs from Ani DiFranco during her

Ani DiFranco - Discography of CDs by Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco Reprieve
Ani DiFranco's Reprieve came in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and many of the songs harp on the Bush administration's reaction to that and the war. Page 18.

Ani Difranco - Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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. Page 8.

Dan Bern - Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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. Page 7.

Holly Near - Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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. Page 4.

Joan Baez - Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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. Page 3.

Pete Seeger - Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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. Page 5.

Steve Earle - Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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. Page 9.

Utah Phillips - Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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. Page 6.

Woody Guthrie - Woody Guthrie is One of the Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, 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. Page 2.

Neko Case Discography - Discography of Albums by Neko Case
Neko Case is one of the most dynamic and innovative artists in contemporary Americana. She started her solo career in a more twangy, alternative country direction and has become more impossible to define with each album she's released. Here's a look at Neko Case's discography. Page 6.

Gillian Welch Discography - Discography of Albums by Gillian Welch
Gillian Welch is one of the most respected singer-songwriters in contemporary American folk music. Learn more about Gilian Welch's work through this discography of her studio albums. Page 2.

Bob Dylan Photos - Photos of Bob Dylan Through the Years
Bob Dylan has had one of the most prolific careers in modern music. Here's a look at some photos of Bob Dylan through the years. Page 2.

Bob Dylan Photos - Photos of Bob Dylan Through the Years
Bob Dylan has had one of the most prolific careers in modern music. Here's a look at some photos of Bob Dylan through the years. Page 10.

Bob Dylan Photos - Photos of Bob Dylan Through the Years
Bob Dylan has had one of the most prolific careers in modern music. Here's a look at some photos of Bob Dylan through the years. Page 3.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - Chatham County Line - Photo of Chatham County Line Performing at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conferenc
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 9.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - Claire Lynch Band - Photo of Claire Lynch Band Performing at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 10.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - Dan Paisley and Southern Grass - Photo of Dan Paisley and Southern Grass at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 12.

IBMA Awards - Del McCoury Band - Photo of Del McCoury Band Performing Live at the IBMA Awards
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 15.

IBMA Awards - Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Photo of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Live at the IBMA Awards
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 16.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - Grasstowne - Photos of Grasstowne Performing at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 8.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - Meantime - Photos of Meantime Performing Live at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 4.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - Mountain Heart - Photos of Mountain Heart Performaning at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 3.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - Sierra Hull - Photos of Sierra Hull Performing Live at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more. Page 11.

Bob Dylan Photos - Photos of Bob Dylan Through the Years
Bob Dylan has had one of the most prolific careers in modern music. Here's a look at some photos of Bob Dylan through the years. Page 8.

Bob Dylan Photos - Photos of Bob Dylan Through the Years
Bob Dylan has had one of the most prolific careers in modern music. Here's a look at some photos of Bob Dylan through the years. Page 4.

Bob Dylan Photos - Photos of Bob Dylan Through the Years
Bob Dylan has had one of the most prolific careers in modern music. Here's a look at some photos of Bob Dylan through the years. Page 9.

Xavier Rudd - Quotes From Xavier Rudd About Folk Music
What is folk music? Why is it important? Does it still exist, or is it something that went away after Vietnam? What artists are inspired by folk music, and who feels compelled to carry on the folk traditions? Here's what some folk artists have told me in interviews as answers to all these questions. Page 9.

Catie Curtis - Quotes From Catie Curtis About Folk Music
What is folk music? Why is it important? Does it still exist, or is it something that went away after Vietnam? What artists are inspired by folk music, and who feels compelled to carry on the folk traditions? Here's what some folk artists have told me in interviews as answers to all these questions. Page 3.

Erin McKeown - Quotes From Erin McKeown About Folk Music
What is folk music? Why is it important? Does it still exist, or is it something that went away after Vietnam? What artists are inspired by folk music, and who feels compelled to carry on the folk traditions? Here's what some folk artists have told me in interviews as answers to all these questions. Page 6.

Shawn Colvin - Quotes From Shawn Colvin About Folk Music
What is folk music? Why is it important? Does it still exist, or is it something that went away after Vietnam? What artists are inspired by folk music, and who feels compelled to carry on the folk traditions? Here's what some folk artists have told me in interviews as answers to all these questions. Page 8.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 9.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 7.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 8.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 22.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 25.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 5.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 2.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 24.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 3.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 23.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 18.

Brandi Carlile - Photos of Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile
This photo gallery features pictures of alt.country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile live in concert, both solo and with her full band. Page 20.

The Greencards - Photos of the Greencards from Wintergrass 2007
Photos from 2007 Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Tacoma, WA, including shots of Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Uncle Earl, Infamous Stringdusters. Page 17.

Tim O'Brien - Photos of Tim O'Brien from Wintergrass 2007
Photos from 2007 Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Tacoma, WA, including shots of Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Uncle Earl, Infamous Stringdusters. Page 21.

True North - Photos of True North from Wintergrass 2007
Photos from 2007 Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Tacoma, WA, including shots of Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Uncle Earl, Infamous Stringdusters. Page 22.

Captain Gravel - Photos of Captain Gravel from Wintergrass 2007
Photos from 2007 Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Tacoma, WA, including shots of Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Uncle Earl, Infamous Stringdusters. Page 13.

Chris Thile - Photo of Chris Thile Live in Concert at Wintergrass 2007
Chris Thile - Photo of Chris Thile Live in Concert at Wintergrass 2007. Page 2.

Chris Thile - Photos of Chris Thile Live at Wintergrass 2007
Wintergrass 2007 - Photos from Wintergrass 2007. Page 4.

Infamous Stringdusters - Photos of Infamous Stringdusters Live at Wintergrass 2007
Wintergrass 2007 - Photos from Wintergrass 2007. Page 7.

Jerry Douglas - Photos of Jerry Douglas Live at Wintergrass 2007
Wintergrass 2007 - Photos from Wintergrass 2007. Page 10.

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. Page 15.

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 of some of the best work to come out of the worlds of folk music, bluegrass and alt.country over the course of 2006. Page 16.

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. Page 14.

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. Page 26.

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. Page 19.

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. Page 13.

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. Page 10.

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. Page 7.

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. Page 2.

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. Page 5.

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. Page 4.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert. Page 18.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert. Page 20.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert. Page 13.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert. Page 14.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert. Page 9.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery With Danielle Howle
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert. Page 12.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert. Page 16.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert. Page 3.

Gay Folksingers - Great CDs by Gay Lesbian and Bisexual LGBT Folk Artists
Great CDs by LGBT Folk Artists. Folk Music. Page 3.

Gay Folksingers - Great CDs by Gay Lesbian and Bisexual LGBT Folk Artists
Great CDs by LGBT Folk Artists. Folk Music. Page 6.

Gay Folksingers - Great CDs by Gay Lesbian and Bisexual LGBT Folk Artists
Great CDs by LGBT Folk Artists. Folk Music. Page 8.

Hamilton de Holanda - Best Folk Artists I Learned About This Year - Best Folk Artists 2007
Here's a look at some of the best folk artists I just found out about this year (2007), including singer-songwriters like Laura Veirs and Serena Ryder, and others are bluegrass bands like the Infamous Stringdusters. Page 2.

Horsefeathers - Best Folk Artists I Learned About This Year - Best Folk Artists 2007
Here's a look at some of the best folk artists I just found out about this year (2007), including singer-songwriters like Laura Veirs and Serena Ryder, and others are bluegrass bands like the Infamous Stringdusters. Page 11.

The Ditty Bops - Best Folk Artists I Learned About This Year - Best Folk Artists 2007
Here's a look at some of the best folk artists I just found out about this year (2007), including singer-songwriters like Laura Veirs and Serena Ryder, and others are bluegrass bands like the Infamous Stringdusters. Page 10.

Janis Ian - Billie's Bones (Oh Boy, 2004)
Janis Ian - Billie's Bones (Oh Boy, 2004). Page 6.

Paul Simon - Rhythm of the Saints (Warner Bros., 1990)
Paul Simon - Rhythm of the Saints (Warner Bros., 1990). Page 8.

Infamous Stringdusters - Best Folk Artists I Learned About This Year - Best Folk Artists 2007
Here's a look at some of the best folk artists I just found out about this year (2007), including singer-songwriters like Laura Veirs and Serena Ryder, and others are bluegrass bands like the Infamous Stringdusters. Page 5.

Kate Isenberg - Best Folk Artists I Learned About This Year - Best Folk Artists 2007
Here's a look at some of the best folk artists I just found out about this year (2007), including singer-songwriters like Laura Veirs and Serena Ryder, and others are bluegrass bands like the Infamous Stringdusters. Page 7.

Serena Ryder - Best Folk Artists I Learned About This Year - Best Folk Artists 2007
Here's a look at some of the best folk artists I just found out about this year (2007), including singer-songwriters like Laura Veirs and Serena Ryder, and others are bluegrass bands like the Infamous Stringdusters. Page 3.

Folk Alliance - The Belleville Outfit - Photos of the Belleville Outfit from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance. Page 2.

2008 Folk Alliance - Photos of Betty Soo from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis Tennessee
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance. Page 14.

Folk Alliance - Ford Turell - Photos of Ford Turell from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis Tennessee
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance. Page 4.

Folk Alliance - Jenni Alpert - Photos of Jenni Alpert from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis Tennessee
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance. Page 6.

2008 Folk Alliance - Photos of Melissa Greener from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis Tennessee
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance. Page 7.

2008 Folk Alliance - Photos of Sara Hickman from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis Tennessee
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance. Page 9.

2008 Folk Alliance - Photos of Tom Russell from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis Tennessee
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance. Page 11.

2008 Folk Alliance - Photos of Twilight Hotel from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis Tennessee
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance. Page 12.

Ian Thomas - Photos of Ian Thomas 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. Page 17.

Ian Thomas - Photos of Ian Thomas 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. Page 16.

Langhorne Slim - Photos of Langhorne Slim 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. Page 20.

Langhorne Slim - Photos of Langhorne Slim 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. Page 19.

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. Page 30.

Po Girl - Photos of Po Girl 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. Page 22.

Reverend Peyton and His Big Damn Band - Photos of Reverend Peyton and His Big Damn Band 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. Page 25.

Sasparilla Jug Band - Photos of Sasparilla Jug Band 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. Page 27.

Townes Van Zandt - In the Beginning (Compadre, 2003)
Townes Van Zandt - In the Beginning (Compadre, 2003). Page 5.

Hazel Dickens - Hazel Dickens live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Bluegrass Festival - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Page 8.

Hazel Dickens - Hazel Dickens live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Bluegrass Festival - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Page 7.

Iris Dement - Iris Dement live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Photo gallery of artists performing at the 2006 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, California. October 7 and 8 in Golden Gate Park. Page 6.

Ramblin Jack - Ramblin Jack at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Ramblin Jack Elliot live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Page 3.

Ramblin Jack - Ramblin Jack at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Ramblin Jack Elliot live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Page 4.

Tim O'Brien - Tim O'Brien live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Tim O'Brien live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Page 2.

Crooked Jades - Photos of Crooked Jades 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. Page 5.

Dale Watson - Photos of Dale Watson 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. Page 6.

Erin McKeown - Photos of Erin McKeown 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. Page 11.

Flat Mountain Girls - Photos of Flat Mountain Girls 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. Page 13.

Horsefeathers - Photos of Horsefeathers 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. Page 15.

Mountain Heart
Mountain Heart. Folk Music. Page 19.

Del McCoury Band, II
Del McCoury Band. Folk Music. Page 14.

Del McCoury Band
Del McCoury Band. Folk Music. Page 13.

Impromptu Lobby Jam Group
Impromptu Lobby Jam Group. Folk Music.

Impromptu Hotel Lobby Jam Group, part II
Impromptu Hotel Lobby Jam Group, part II. Page 2.

Prairie Flyer
Prairie Flyer. Folk Music. Page 6.

The Wilders
The Wilders. Folk Music. Page 10.

Uncle Earl, II
Uncle Earl. Folk Music. Page 12.

Uncle Earl
Uncle Earl. Folk Music. Page 11.

Kenny & Amanda Smith
Kenny & Amanda Smith. Folk Music. Page 8.

Protest Singers - Best Political or Protest Folksingers
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.

Two Man Gentlemen Band - CD Review of Two Man Gentlemen Band Heavy Petting
I'm just going to cut to the chase: The Two Man Gentlemen Band's sophomore album, Heavy Petting is supreme, outstanding, and downright fun. It plays like a party, and even the sappy love songs are sonic celebrations with lyrics like,

Anthology of American Folk Music - Review of Anthology of American Folk Muisc Edited by Harry Smith
In 1952, filmmaker Harry Smith released a compilation of field recordings, country blues and folk songs from the 1920s and 30s that became an inspiration for budding folksingers and the movement that followed. The rather extensive Anthology of American Folk Music presented artists like The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Poole, and Clarence Ashley, among many, many others.

Eilen Jewell - CD Review of Eilen Jewell Letters From Sinners and Strangers
From the onset, Eilen (pronounced like 'wheelin') Jewell's second CD,Letters from Sinners and Strangers, starts jumping. The first words she almost moans,

Meaghan Smith - CD Review of Meaghan Smith Cricket's Quartet
Meaghan Smith's Sire Records debut may, at first listen, remind folks of old timey jazz vocalists or newer singer-songwriters like Norah Jones, but her musical sensibilities call together a slew of other disparate Americana elements. This four-song EP showcases Smith on vocals and keys, while clarinet solos, whistling and well-timed horns and strings round out the sound.

Paleface - CD Review of Paleface the Show Is on the Road
Paleface told me in a recent interview that this record was focused on songs that are fun to play on the road, and that level of live energy is easy to find throughout the aptly titled 'The Show Is on the Road'. Read a full review of Paleface's 12th release, featuring Seth Avett, released on Ramseur Records April 28, 2009.

John Prine - CD Review of John Prine and Mac Wiseman Standard Songs For Average People
If anyone's going to tackle songs like

Stairwell Sisters - CD Review of Stairwell Sisters Get Off Your Money
'Get Off Your Money' kicks off the way all good old timey albums should: with a fast-moving, dance-inducing fiddle tune. From there, the record goes into a collection of classic old school, old timey traditional tunes and a handful of well-composed originals.

Tom Breiding - CD Review of The Unbroken Circle Songs of the West Virginia Coalfields
There have been numerous collections released through the years of songs and recordings paying tribute to, and telling the stories of coal miners, their families, and their work. This collection features a couple of traditional songs about coal mining, but mostly Breiding did a great job writing his own collection.

Walk Hard - CD Review of the Soundtrack for Walk Hard The Dewey Cox Story
If you love classic country music, contemporary folk, protest songs, rockabilly and corny showtune pop songs, and you need a good laugh, look no further. Built on a solid foundation of rather talented songwriters like Dan Bern and Marshall Crenshaw, this soundtrack is mostly just downright funny.

Carolina Chocolate Drops - CD Review of Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig
It's been three years since the Carolina Chocolate Drops made their unforgettable debut with 'Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind'. Where that record was more solidly traditional, its follow-up, 'Genuine Negro Jig', pulls together elements of traditional Americana with Eastern European melodies and even a mainstream R&B cover tune.

Anais Mitchell Hadestown - CD Review of Anais Mitchell Hadestown
Anais Mitchell may be a relatively unknown singer-songwriter to most folks, although she's been working her way up the proverbial food chain for a few years. Her last full-length album, The Brightness dropped on Righteous Babe in 2007, followed by a brief EP the following year. Neither could possibly compare, however, to Hadestown.

Immigrant Protest Songs - Protest Songs to Go With the Immigrants' Movement
A century ago, immigrant workers hit the streets to demand fair work conditions and protection under the law, singing the songs of their labor unions. Today, as immigrant workers demonstrate for the right to work in America as they strive for citizenship, their protest songs take a different direction.

Open Mic Nights - Definition of Open Mic Night
I guarantee that on any given night of the week, there's an open mic night happening somewhere near you. Here's an explanation of what one is, and how to make the most of it

Harmonica - A Definition and History of the 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.

Musical Washboard - All About Playing the Musical Washboard - All About Zydeco Rub-Board
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).

Have Yourself a Folky Little Christmas, Day 16
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

Have Yourself a Folky Little Christmas, Day 6
This next-to-last day of our journey through the Winter Solstice features Santa's Reindeer, cajun master Michael Doucet, and a little more fun from Christine Lavin.

Bob Dylan Book Review - Review of Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010
No other journalist has immersed himself in Bob Dylan's music for as long, nor as thoroughly, nor as critically as Greil Marcus, one of America's most celebrated music writers. Read the review of Marcus's new book, Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010.

Folk Music in 2008 - Looking Ahead, Predictions for Folk Music in 2008
With 2007 drawing to a close, it's as good a time as any to look forward to all the releases and possibilities that lie ahead in 2008.

Arlo Guthrie - Biography and Profile of 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.

Jamgrass and Jam Bands - What is Jamgrass Music - More About Jamgrass Music and Jam Bands
Blending rock, jazz, folk, blues and bluegrass styles, jamgrass elongates the instrumental solos typical of jazz and bluegrass. Notable artists include String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain Stringband and the Grateful Dead.

Buddy Miller - CD Review of Buddy Miller Majestic Silver Strings
On 'Majestic Silver Strings', Buddy Miller teams up with Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Greg Liesz, and a team of Americana music's most notable women singers to deliver an outstanding revival of traditional folk-country standards.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - IBMA Awards - Photo Gallery of Performances at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and IBMA Awards
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more.

Brandi Carlile Photos - Live Concert Photos of Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile is one of the most respected up-and-coming alt-country singer-songwriters on the scene these days. She and her band have been tirelessly touring for years and are working on their third album for Columbia Records. Check out this gallery of photos featuring Brandi Carlile live in concert.

Brandi Carlile Photos - Live Concert Photos of Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile is one of the most respected up-and-coming alt-country singer-songwriters on the scene these days. She and her band have been tirelessly touring for years and are working on their third album for Columbia Records. Check out this gallery of photos featuring Brandi Carlile live in concert.

Wintergrass 2007 - Photos from Wintergrass 2007
Photos from 2007 Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Tacoma, WA, including shots of Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Uncle Earl, Infamous Stringdusters and more.

2008 Folk Alliance - Photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis Tennessee
Here are photos from the 2008 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, celebrating 20 years of the North American Folk Alliance.

Wintergrass 2006
A look at the artists and jams that made up this year's Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Tacoma, Washington

Wailin Jennys - CD Review of the Wailin Jennys Bright Morning Stars
The Wailin Jennys have long been a fixture on the folk festival circuit, bringing beautiful three-part harmonies to their original contemporary songs. On 'Bright Morning Stars' - their fourth studio album - the trio's emotionally daring lyrics traverse the precarious terrain of heartbreak. Check out this review of the Wailin Jennys - 'Bright Morning Stars'.