For years, the Appalachian region has been a creative reservoir for many types of music. This is especially true for C & W songwriters, who have chosen to leave their mountain homes to find success in Nashville, both at the Grand Ole Opry and the many recording labels that flourish in Music City.
Hobos or bums have most likely been around since we abandoned our hunter-gathering societies and created city-states. In the USA, songs about hard times often go back to the Great Depression, but in reality the roots are much deeper. Following are ten 20th century tunes about being out on the lam.
From Emmylou Harris to Johnny Cash, Doc Watson and Kate Wolf, First Aid Kit and Valerine June, roots music and folk have evolved from many genres. If you are looking for the ultimate list of contemporary and traditional folk and old time music, here it is.
Sea shanties came from the era of the tall-masted sailing ships of yesteryear, and they had their own language in songs.
No matter how you look at it, the Mississippi River defines the American experience better than any other waterway within the United States. Notwithstanding, there exist a whole slurry of songs and stories that further describe life on the mighty river. These songs express the power of this river.
Scotland and Ireland have a rich musical heritage. It's interesting, enjoyable, and sometimes educational to explore traditional folk songs from the two countries.
Trees can be beautiful and impressive. They have inspired the lyrics of many songs, including some lovely folk and traditional songs of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Raven She Hollers is a band that plays incredible roots music that spans generations.
I talk to Hay Fever's Zohreh Gervais about the band's genesis, their creative process and their latest album entitled The River
Julie Fowlis is a popular Scottish folk singer and musician. She generally sings in Gaelic and is involved in collecting the traditional songs of the Hebrides.
Jimmy MacCarthy is a leading Irish songwriter. He creates contemporary folk songs that often contain interesting imagery that can be interpreted in several ways.
Check out Nick Hickman's latest work and learn more about him as he opens up in this interview.
The DuShane Band create varied sonic textures that blend modern studio sounds and arrangements with southern rock and classic country.
Wales has a wonderful musical heritage. Folk and traditional songs are an important part of Welsh culture. The country is known for its vocal music, singers, and choirs.
England has a rich collection of traditional folk songs. This article includes performances of four songs and describes the interesting background of the music.
Independent country music artist Camille Rae knows what she wants and she's going for it. She tells us all about it in this interview.
Traditional Igbo musical instruments are vibrant and interesting. made out from local materials such as tree trunks, logs, animal skin and pots. they produce a unique sound
Country music soothes the soul as does the music by Canadian country singer, Codie Prevost.
Bob Dylan is a cultural giant and has written some of the most influential songs of recent times but are the lyrics poetry? Let's take a look at some lyrics and decide once and for all.
This beloved folk song about a little boy and his imaginary dragon named Puff was released by the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary in 1963. The song was written by Leonard Lipton, whose inspiration for the song came from the poem "The Tale of Custard the Dragon."
Kenneth McKellar was a popular tenor known for his beautiful interpretation of Scottish vocal music. He died in 2010, but his music lives on in many recordings.
The meaning of "Hallelujah,’" a masterpiece of music, is perhaps best understood in its complex historical context. The song’s meaning has evolved with its history of surprises, pain, comfort, death, and life.
All you need to know about Scottish folk-rock band Capercaillie's "Skye Waulking Song."
The 1960s was an exciting but dangerous era. The Vietnam War and fight for civil rights were tearing the U.S. apart. This article suggests a meaning of "Let's Get Together" by the Youngbloods.
The State of Texas has it's own distinct kinds of country music and folk music - here are five Texas singer songwriters that changed music, and made timeless songs.
The message and songs from the hippie era carry on today with artists from a new generation. Popular music from the late 60's and early 70's.
A look at one of the greatest music videos of all time: Johnny Cash: "Hurt". Includes interview clips with Rick Rubin, Trent Reznor, and Mark Romanek, who all played a part in putting together this incredibly moving and unforgettable piece of work.
A simple song has danced its way around the world and into the hearts of millions. This is a celebration of Elder Joseph Brackett's simple little song "Simple Gifts" which has outlasted the Church for which it was written.