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Some of the most influential, memorable and legendary folk songs of all time.
The Kingston Trio,
The '60s folkie scene centered on Greenwich Village was a quiet kind of revolution, at least musically, and the best ballads from that era make fine sleepytime companions.
Peter, Paul & Mary,
In the '50s and '60s, NYC's Greenwich Village was home to America's folk music revival. With Odetta and Pete Seeger guiding newcomers like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, the Village proved fertile ground (once again) for seminal bohemian developments.
One of rock journalism's favorite buzzwords comes to life in songs that echo Dylan's various phases lyrically and/or vocally. Explore Bob's influence on his generations of disciples, from the folk-rock era to today's modern troubadours.
Mott The Hoople,
Townes Van Zandt
If you're starting to sag, there's nothing like an earthy dose of upbeat Americana to jolt your eyes open, whether it's an early country, folk, or R&B classic or something from the songbag of today's most momentous Americana artists.
Carolina Chocolate Drops,
The Avett Brothers,
Folk rock was born when bands started using rock instrumentation to play traditional folk music in the 1960s. These are the songs that defined this important development in popular music history.
The Mamas & The Papas
Practice your rocking chair technique with this easy-rolling back-porch blend of blues, folk, string-band music, and just about every other kind of acoustic Americana you can think of. Tailor-made for busting out a corn-cob pipe and a whittlin' stick.
Townes Van Zandt,
Old Crow Medicine Show
These are the women who wander freely through the worlds of folk, country, bluegrass, and other Americana styles, stirring up a sound that evokes an evening spent watching the sun go down on a rural back porch.
“The direction I went into music was Folkways Records” – Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, 1972. As the beloved band celebrates its 50th anniversary, Smithsonian Folkways presents recordings from its extensive collection that directly influenced or are closely related to the Dead’s songbook.
Dave Van Ronk,
The New Lost City Ramblers