Folk music has a long history in American culture. Because America is so ethnically diverse, the musical landscape of America is also diverse.
The Old West is a much fabled part of our national culture. Selected here are ten songs and ballads that reflect the richness and adversity of those who ventured into the region, as it was being settled.
Woody Guthrie led an extraordinary life; beset by tragedy and success in equal measure, he inspired many with his crusade against the injustices of life and for the rights of all men and women.
Here are ten country songs that I think don't suck. Grab a PBR and get listenin'! (Seriously, don't get a PBR. They're nasty. Try a Rolling Rock instead?)
Some of the best country songs ever made are male/female duets. There is something inherently powerful about the way these songs blend both voices and perspectives to create a relatable narrative.
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.
A wee bit of history regarding pub music and drinking songs, from Ireland, Scotland, England, and even the United States.
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.
Everybody loves a good ghost story and everybody loves a good song. Combine the two and now you have something extra special that just might tingle your spine on a dark, chilly night.
I talk to Hay Fever's Zohreh Gervais about the band's genesis, their creative process and their latest album entitled The River
England has a rich collection of traditional folk songs. This article includes performances of four songs and describes the interesting background of the music.
Jimmy MacCarthy is a leading Irish songwriter. He creates contemporary folk songs that often contain interesting imagery that can be interpreted in several ways.
Wales is a country with a wonderful musical heritage. Folk and traditional songs are an important and enjoyable part of this heritage and of Welsh culture. The country is known internationally for its vocal music, singers, and choirs.
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.
I talked to Kevin Roy about how he first fell in love with music, his creative process and how he recharges his batteries to keep on creating new music.