Folk

Ten songs into Johnsmith's fifth album Break Me Open, the folksinger begins singing "Box Elder" by referring to a Federal Express delivery man. Never mind that the song is one of the few on the disc that Johnsmith didn't write himself, or that it is, as its title suggests, a tribute to a type of ...

Though he called his fourth album 12 Songs of Good and Evil, Cliff Eberhardt spent more time examining the line between the two, so it was appropriate to call the follow-up Borders. Like its predecessor, it was a self-produced effort that eschewed the rock band instrumentation of his first three ...

While klezmer music has enjoyed a revival in the late 20th century, Yiddish popular song seemed destined to vanish altogether.

But efforts by Mandy Patinkin and Chava Alberstein attempt to breathe new life into the old tradition. This disc of well-selected songs attempts to paint a portrai...

Back in the 1960s, when fingerpicking folk guitarists were a dime a dozen, John Fahey stood out for several reasons. For one thing, his sense of humor was sophisticated and unfashionably cynical for the period (this is the guy, remember, who simultaneously celebrated the blues tradition and ridic...

Toni Brown's Blue Morning is a relaxed, meandering collection of folky country-rock, which isn't surprising since there's a number of luminaries from the San Franciscan hippie scene on the record and it was released on the Dead's own label, Relix. What is surprising is Brown's assured vocals, whi...

The Highwaymen are generally regarded as also-rans in what Martin Mull dubbed "the Folk Scare," but while Peter, Paul & Mary and the Kingston Trio are better remembered, these five earnest young men from Wesleyan University (Dave Fisher, Steve Butts, Bobby Burnett, Steve Trott, and Chan Daniels) ...

In 1973, shortly after the breakup of the legendary Pentangle, co-lead guitarist John Renbourn recorded a full album's worth of songs for a solo project. He abandoned the set, instead releasing an entirely different collection of songs as THE HERMIT later that year. The abandoned songs, previousl...

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