06DEC 2019
Popular folk bands

Popular folk bands

The unconscious music of the folk has all the marks of fine art: that it is wholly free from the taint of manufacture, the canker of artificiality; that it is transparently pure and truthful, simple and direct in its utterance. So wrote Cecil Sharp in English Folk-Song: Some Conclusions, published in 1907. This powerful, often passionate tract was the first systematic attempt…

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28NOV 2019
Best folk albums ever

Best folk albums ever

The United States was bursting, groaning with pride; the Second World War had turned her into the most powerful nation on Earth. But as mid-century turned north, a handful of Americans demanded that the civil liberties and social equalities implied by the great victory become a reality, and a war to re-address ethnic, economic, sexual and social inequalities waged throughout America…

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20NOV 2019
Best contemporary rock bands

Best contemporary rock bands

Rock isn’t dead. It’s certainly not alive and kicking as a massive cultural force the way it once was, but many bands are continuing the genre’s best traditions, though often they’re doing it out of the limelight. These modern rock bands may not be topping Billboard charts or performing with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, but they’re worth listening to and loving all the same. Here are…

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12NOV 2019
Folk rock love songs

Folk rock love songs

Folk music has a rich history with love songs. Whether you are looking for a subtle tune with romantic undertones or sweet love ballad, you will find it somewhere in the genre of folk music. Check out the list below for some of the loveliest romantic folk music songs to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. 5 Years Time was released on Oct. 22, 2007. The song is first single from the band…

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04NOV 2019
Best acoustic folk songs

Best acoustic folk songs

Stripped Down the product of an artist with a unique vision, has the capability to become something else once it is put out for everyone to hear. Once a song is out in the open, it could very well undergo a transformation unlike the original artist ever anticipated. Fortunately, due to the skills of many artists, that need not be a bad thing. Covering another artist’s song is a…

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27OCT 2019
Best New folk

Best New folk

British folk great Bert Jansch never really stopped making records during his half-century career, always testing the boundaries of pastoral folk with carefully considered parts that pushed beyond mere pleasantries. Still, when a cadre of young musicians connected with Jansch for his 2006 album The Black Swan , the moment felt like an instant renaissance. Many from that collaborative…

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19OCT 2019
2014 Music Festival

2014 Music Festival

For the fourth year in a row, ACL Presents heads to Nashville to bring you performance highlights from the annual Americana Music Festival. Reflecting its “spirit of eclecticism” ( New York Times ), The Americana Music Association has curated an impressive list of legendary performers including Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jimenez, Taj Mahal and Jackson Browne, backed by house bandleader…

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11OCT 2019
Popular indie rock bands

Popular indie rock bands

Alternative pop/rock is essentially a catch-all term for post-punk bands from the mid- 80s to the mid- 90s. There is a multitude of musical styles within alternative rock, from the sweet melodies of jangle-pop to the disturbing metallic grind of industrial, yet are all tied together by a similar aesthetic - they all existed and operated oustide of the mainstream. In some ways, there…

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