Pete Seeger
Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3
Goodnight Irene: The Weavers, 1949-1953
A Link in the Chain

Folk

Each country has their own folk music, but the genre usually refers to American and British music that has been passed through the generations by oral tradition. It's simple, acoustic-based music that spins everyday events and common people into mythic status. Many traditional folksongs have no known author, they have simply evolved over the years. Most of the earliest recorded folk music was of this nature, but with Woody Guthrie, topical folk began making its way to record. Still, many artists, including the Weavers and Pete Seeger, chose to mix traditional songs with newer material, either written by the artists themselves or other contemporary musicians. Initially, Bob Dylan functioned in that style, but by his second album, =The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan,= he began relying entirely on original material, thereby ushering the modern era of folk, where most performers sang their own (usually personally and introspective) material, and only occasionally throwing in covers.

Folk Album Highlights grid list

Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3
Woody Guthrie
Hard Travelin': The Asch ...
10
Goodnight Irene: The Weavers, 1949-1953
The Weavers
Goodnight Irene: The ...
10
A Link in the Chain
Pete Seeger
A Link in the Chain
10
The Many Sides of Fred Neil
Fred Neil
The Many Sides of Fred Neil
10
Joan Baez
Joan Baez
Joan Baez
10
Pack Up Your Sorrows: Best of the Vanguard Years
Richard & Mimi Fariña
Pack Up Your Sorrows: Best ...
10
Selections 1976-1988
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Selections 1976-1988
10
Blue River
Eric Andersen
Blue River
10
The Capitol Collectors Series
The Kingston Trio
The Capitol Collectors ...
10
Rice
Eliza Carthy
Rice
9
Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 1
Richard Dyer-Bennett
Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 1
9
Country Blues: Complete Early Recordings (1927-1929)
Dock Boggs
Country Blues: Complete ...
10
Freedom Highway
Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway
10
The Harrow & the Harvest
Gillian Welch
The Harrow & the Harvest
10
Diamonds & Rust
Joan Baez
Diamonds & Rust
10
Period Pieces: Women's Songs for Men & Women
Peggy Seeger
Period Pieces: Women's ...
9
Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger
Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger
10
Which Side Are You On?
Almanac Singers
Which Side Are You On?
10
Infamous Angel
Iris DeMent
Infamous Angel
10
Pleasures of the Harbor
Phil Ochs
Pleasures of the Harbor
10
The United Artists Collection
Gordon Lightfoot
The United Artists ...
10
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
10
Forever: An Anthology
Judy Collins
Forever: An Anthology
9
The Collection [Green Linnet]
Martin Carthy
The Collection [Green ...
10
Best of the Vanguard Years
Rooftop Singers
Best of the Vanguard Years
10
The Wayfaring Stranger
Burl Ives
The Wayfaring Stranger
10
The Banks of the Shannon
Connolly & Len OBrien
The Banks of the Shannon
10
An Untamed Sense of Control
Roscoe Holcomb
An Untamed Sense of Control
10
The Best of Margie Adam [Olivia]
Margie Adam
The Best of Margie Adam ...
10
End of the Summer
Dar Williams
End of the Summer
9
Transformations
Lucie Blue Tremblay
Transformations
10
True Vine
Mike Seeger
True Vine
9
Everyday Heroes & Heroines
Deidre McCalla
Everyday Heroes & Heroines
10
It's My Way!
Buffy Sainte-Marie
It's My Way!
10
Affordable Art
Steve Goodman
Affordable Art
10
The Best of the Decca Years
The Weavers
The Best of the Decca Years
10
Against the Streams
June Tabor
Against the Streams
10
Just Another Diamond Day
Vashti Bunyan
Just Another Diamond Day
10
American Indian Dances: Sioux and Navajo
Various Artists
American Indian Dances: ...
10
The Guv'nor, Vol. 2
Ashley Hutchings
The Guv'nor, Vol. 2
10
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Lucinda Williams
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
10
Shadows on a Dime
Ferron
Shadows on a Dime
10
Little Wheel Spin and Spin
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Little Wheel Spin and Spin
9
The Weavers at Carnegie Hall
The Weavers
The Weavers at Carnegie ...
10
Library of Congress Recordings, Vols. 1-3
Woody Guthrie
Library of Congress ...
10
The Best of the Baby Sitters
The Baby Sitters
The Best of the Baby ...
10
Love & Politics: A 30 Year Saga
Alix Dobkin
Love & Politics: A 30 Year ...
10
Simply Love: The Women's Music Collection
Holly Near
Simply Love: The Women's ...
10
English Country Dances
Bare Necessities
English Country Dances
10
Abiyoyo and Other Story Songs for Children
Pete Seeger
Abiyoyo and Other Story ...
10
Echoes of My Mind: The Best of 1963-1971
Fred Neil
Echoes of My Mind: The ...
10
The American
Martin Sexton
The American
9
Old New Borrowed Blue
Heather Bishop
Old New Borrowed Blue
10
The Changer and the Changed: A Record of the Times
Cris Williamson
The Changer and the ...
10
A Collection
Anne Briggs
A Collection
10
I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
Tom Paxton
I Can't Help But Wonder ...
9
Troubadours of the Folk Era, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Troubadours of the Folk ...
10
Plain Capers: Morris Dance Tunes from the Cotswolds
John Kirkpatrick
Plain Capers: Morris Dance ...
10
Phantom Center
Ferron
Phantom Center
10
A Family of Friends: Women's Music Sampler
Jamie Anderson
A Family of Friends: ...
10
Airs and Graces
June Tabor
Airs and Graces
9
Songs of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
Songs of Leonard Cohen
10
Lucie Blue Tremblay
Lucie Blue Tremblay
Lucie Blue Tremblay
10
The Essential Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio
The Essential Kingston Trio
10
This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1
Woody Guthrie
This Land Is Your Land: ...
10
Musical Highlights from the Play "Fire in the Rain"
Holly Near
Musical Highlights from ...
10
The Definitive New Christy Minstrels
The New Christy Minstrels
The Definitive New Christy ...
10
Dust Bowl Ballads
Woody Guthrie
Dust Bowl Ballads
10
Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child
Woody Guthrie
Songs to Grow on for ...
10
Turning Toward the Morning
Gordon Bok / Ann Mayo Muir ...
Turning Toward the Morning
10
Testimony
Ferron
Testimony
10
A Taste of the Blues
Heather Bishop
A Taste of the Blues
10
Willard
John Stewart
Willard
10
Truth & The Lie
Susan Herrick
Truth & The Lie
10
Bound for Glory
Woody Guthrie
Bound for Glory
10
I Make a Wish for a Potato
The Holy Modal Rounders
I Make a Wish for a Potato
9
Reunion at Carnegie Hall: 1963
The Weavers
Reunion at Carnegie Hall: ...
9
Impressionistic
Ferron
Impressionistic
9
Blue Rider
Cris Williamson
Blue Rider
9
Heritage
Eileen McGann
Heritage
9
Full Throated Abandon
Tanglefoot
Full Throated Abandon
9
Devolver
The Waybacks
Devolver
9
Better with Time
Alisa Fineman
Better with Time
9
The Songs and Ballads of Hattie Mae Tyler Cargill
Debra Cowan / Acie Cargill ...
The Songs and Ballads of ...
9
California Bloodlines/Willard
John Stewart
California ...
9
The Very Best of Judy Collins
Judy Collins
The Very Best of Judy ...
9
Panchpuran
Bill Jones
Panchpuran
9
Maid of Constant Sorrow/Golden Apples of the Sun
Judy Collins
Maid of Constant ...
9
Music From Living on the Earth
Alicia Bay Laurel
Music From Living on the ...
9
The Complete Vanguard Recordings
Mimi Fariña / Richard & ...
The Complete Vanguard ...
9
Two Journeys
Tim O'Brien
Two Journeys
9
North Wind
Aengus Finnan
North Wind
9
The Inessential Uncle Bonsai
Uncle Bonsai
The Inessential Uncle ...
10
Farewells & Fantasies
Phil Ochs
Farewells & Fantasies
9
The Very Best of Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
The Very Best of Harry ...
10

Folk subgenres and styles [+]