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Folk-Blues describes a type of blues usually played on non-electric musical instruments. It embraces a wide range of guitar and musical styles that thrived in the early days of the music style's gestation. But folk-blues is not limited to merely guitar music; its "folk" appellation is an elastic enough term to also include down-home, no-frills music played on mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and other non-electric instruments, with its group sound being projected through the jug bands. Folk-blues evokes the sound and image of a rough-hewn, somewhat informal music, a sound and style born of southern plantations, house frolics, and juke joints; it is true folk music, played by and for the people. The term also provides a convenient general heading for all the multiple regional styles and variations (Piedmont, Atlanta, Memphis, Texas, Delta, ragtime, songster, etc.) embraced by the form.

Folk-Blues Artists Highlights

Odetta
Odetta
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Lead Belly
Lead Belly
John Fahey
John Fahey
Furry Lewis
Furry Lewis
Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk

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Folk-Blues Album Highlights

Blues Masters: The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' Hopkins
Blues Masters: The Very ...
Whiskey Is My Habit, Women Is All I Crave: The Best of Leroy Carr
Leroy Carr
Whiskey Is My Habit, Women ...
Return of the Repressed: The John Fahey Anthology
John Fahey
Return of the Repressed: ...
Vintage Recordings (1935-1949)
Rev. Gary Davis
Vintage Recordings ...
King of the 12-String Guitar
Lead Belly
King of the 12-String ...
The Best of Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
The Best of Taj Mahal

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Folk-Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Baby Please Don't Go Lightnin' Hopkins
Prison Bound Blues Leroy Carr
Poor Boy John Fahey
Lord, I Wish I Could See Rev. Gary Davis
Death Letter Blues, Pt. 1 Lead Belly
She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride) Taj Mahal
Sally Free and Easy John Renbourn
The Death of the Clayton Peacock John Fahey
Trouble in Mind Brownie McGhee / Sonny Terry
Reynardine Shirley Collins / Davy Graham

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