Pete Seeger
Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3
Joan Baez
Peter, Paul and Mary

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 Artists Highlights grid list

Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger
Joan Baez
Joan Baez
Peter, Paul and Mary
Peter, Paul and Mary
Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams
Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens
Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt
Robin & Linda Williams
Robin & Linda Williams
Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch
John Fahey
John Fahey
Gillian Welch
Gillian Welch
Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright III
Phil Ochs
Phil Ochs
The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio
The Weavers
The Weavers
Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot
Doc Watson
Doc Watson
Odetta
Odetta
Chad Mitchell
Chad Mitchell
Christine Lavin
Christine Lavin
Norman Blake
Norman Blake
Judy Collins
Judy Collins
Patty Larkin
Patty Larkin
Steve Goodman
Steve Goodman
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie
The New Christy Minstrels
The New Christy Minstrels
Steeleye Span
Steeleye Span
Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie
Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Tom Paxton
Tom Paxton
David Bromberg
David Bromberg
Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk
John Martyn
John Martyn
Eric Andersen
Eric Andersen
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Bill Morrissey
Bill Morrissey
Elizabeth Cotten
Elizabeth Cotten
Mike Seeger
Mike Seeger
Dock Boggs
Dock Boggs
Cisco Houston
Cisco Houston
Tom Rush
Tom Rush
Katy Moffatt
Katy Moffatt
Flaco Jiménez
Flaco Jiménez
Bob Gibson
Bob Gibson
Tish Hinojosa
Tish Hinojosa
Burl Ives
Burl Ives
John McCutcheon
John McCutcheon

Folk subgenres and styles [+]