When we rounded the up the best folk albums of , the list consisted of veterans like Laura Veirs and Alela Diane and newcomers Tomberlin, Anna St. Louis and Caroline Says alike. But it seemed the newer faces also brought with them a new swath of sounds: St. Louis could just as well be a country songstress, and Caroline Says is paving her own path with a glossy kind of digital folk. These artists are bending traditions, experimenting with their instruments and challenging the definition of acoustic music. And as the folk tradition goes, many of these artists value political protest and a social conscience, not to mention the magic of collaboration. Here are the people behind the shake-ups, listed in alphabetical order. Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves have each pushed folk boundaries in their own separate projects.
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Folk in is an image of inclusivity and unity in the face of international political upheaval. It's most captivating in its moments of sheer, heart-bearing authenticity and ensnares with new musical bearings introduced by some of its foremost innovators and newcomers to the scene. It was Joni Mitchell who inferred that "When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it's time for artists to make their mark. While not always overtly political, folk in is acutely attuned to the human condition. At its best, it offers a window seat from which to observe the self-reflective spirals upwards and downwards of the artists who paint its halls, providing moments of solace to attentive listeners who are searching for beauty amidst the turbulence of present-day life. It comes in many forms as folk, musically, continues to expand outward. Inspirations new and old are given credence; as musical traditions are paid authentic homage, newfound staples emerge from innovators of a separate fabric. Where Banjolectric reinvented the instrument many times over to expand on its sonic boundaries in , Kelly Hunt gifts her history to Southern-influenced, Depression-era banjo traditions to lengthen its influences in
Listen up, because these folkies are going to be everywhere this year.
While it's fun to listen to old favorites, every year introduces music fans to incredible new bands and artists. Laura Jane Grace may be best known for fronting Against Me! Vote up your favorite new folk artists, and add any up-and-coming artists we may have missed. In March she released her single, "Butterfly. Canyon City is an indie-folk, Nashville-based band from singer-songwriter Paul Johnson. Since its inception in , the project has become known for its distinctive whispery vocals layered over intimate acoustics orbiting candidly emotional storytelling. The Brother Brothers are Adam and David Moss, identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. Using minimal instrumentation, heartfelt lyricism, and harmonies so natural they seem to blend into one beautiful voice, the siblings draw on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York for their full-length debut album, Some People I Know. Allison de Groot is a Canadian folk musician who combines her love for old-time music, technical skill, and a creative approach to the banjo to form her own unique sound. She often collaborates with Tatiana Hargreaves.
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