Kacy & Clayton
Not a Pretty Girl
Orphans (Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards)
Billy Bragg

Folk » Contemporary Folk » Urban Folk

Urban Folk was a movement of singer/songwriters in the '80s that grew out of punk rock. Urban folk musicians were initially inspired by punk rock but they performed solo, either with an acoustic or electric guitar. Urban folk was extremely political -- the songs had basic melodies and direct, angry lyrics. Though there was only a small handful of urban folk musicians, they made a significant impact in the mid-'80s.

Urban Folk Artists Highlights

Kacy & Clayton
Kacy & Clayton
Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg
Vic Chesnutt
Vic Chesnutt
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Bruce Cockburn
Bruce Cockburn
Tom Waits
Tom Waits

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Urban Folk Album Highlights

Not a Pretty Girl
Ani DiFranco
Not a Pretty Girl
Orphans (Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards)
Tom Waits
Orphans (Brawlers, Bawlers ...
Back to Basics
Billy Bragg
Back to Basics
Living in Clip
Ani DiFranco
Living in Clip
Short Sharp Shocked
Michelle Shocked
Short Sharp Shocked
Mermaid Avenue
Billy Bragg / Wilco
Mermaid Avenue

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Urban Folk Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Cradle and All Ani DiFranco
Heigh Ho
Tom Waits
A New England Billy Bragg
Gravel Ani DiFranco
Memories of East Texas Michelle Shocked
California Stars Billy Bragg
Greetings to the New Brunette Billy Bragg
Levi Stubbs' Tears Billy Bragg
The Milkman of Human Kindness Billy Bragg
Love Gets Dangerous Billy Bragg

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