Appalachia Moderne: Contemporary Music From Appalachia
For years, the Appalachian region has been a creative reservoir for many types of music. This is especially true for country western 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 there.
The Traveling Hobo Blues: 10 Songs About Hard Times
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.
Sea Shanties: Music From the Sailing Ships of Yore
Sea shanties came from the era of the tall-masted sailing ships of yesteryear, and they had their own language in songs.
10 Songs About the Mississippi River
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.
Seven Scottish or Irish Folk Songs: Music and History
Scotland and Ireland have a rich musical heritage. It's interesting, enjoyable, and sometimes educational to explore traditional folk songs from the two countries.
British Folk and Traditional Songs About Trees: Facts and Music
Trees can be beautiful and impressive. They have inspired the lyrics of many songs, including lovely folk and traditional songs of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Soul Cakes and Souling: A Musical Tradition From the Past
Souling in order to receive a small cake is an old tradition that was a forerunner of trick-or-treating. The "Soul Cake" song has been recorded by multiple artists.
Nine Scottish Gaelic Folk Songs Sung by Julie Fowlis
Julie Fowlis is a popular Scottish folk singer and musician. She often sings in Gaelic and is involved in collecting the traditional songs of the Hebrides.
Five Contemporary Folk Songs Written by Jimmy MacCarthy
Jimmy MacCarthy is a leading Irish songwriter. He creates contemporary folk songs that often contain interesting imagery that can be interpreted in several ways.
"Alabama Rain" and Other Songs by the DuShane Band
The DuShane Band creates varied sonic textures that blend modern studio sounds and arrangements with Southern rock and classic country.
Welsh Folk and Traditional Songs: A Rich Musical Heritage
Wales has a wonderful musical heritage. It's known for its vocal music, singers, and choirs. Folk and and traditional songs are a major part of its culture.
Four Traditional English Folk Songs: Music and Interesting Facts
England has a rich collection of traditional folk songs. This article includes performances of four songs and describes the interesting background of the music.
Interview With Country Singer-Songwriter Camille Rae
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.
Egwu nkwa ndi Igbo: Traditional Igbo Music and Musical Instruments
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
Interview With Emma Jane: Country Music Recording Artist
Country music soothes the soul as does the musical sounds of country singer Emma Jane from the U.K.
Interview With Ty March: Nashville Recording Artist
Hey, y'all, come on in! Kick back and enjoy a Nashville experience as I introduce you to a talented musician that entertains country music fans in Music City.
Bob Dylan's Song Lyrics - Poetry or Not?
Bob Dylan is a cultural giant and has written some of the most influential songs of recent times but are the lyrics poetry? Think of songs such as Hey Mr Tambourine Man and Blowin In The Wind. A close-up look at some of Dylan's best known lyrics to decide once and for all if he is a true poet.
Meet Brett Stafford Smith, Nashville Recording Artist
Kick back and enjoy as I introduce you to Brett Stafford Smith, a talented Nashville musician.
The Story Behind the Song "Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary
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 Facts and Traditional Songs of Scotland
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 and History of the Song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
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.
"Lovely Joan": Folk Fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement in Tab, Notation and Audio
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the English folk song "Lovely Joan" in standard music notation and tablature with audio track and playing tips included.
GCSE Music Analysis: Capercaillie's "Skye Waulking Song"
All you need to know about Scottish folk-rock band Capercaillie's "Skye Waulking Song."
Five Texas Folk Singers and Songwriters Who Changed the World for the Better
The State of Texas has its own distinct kinds of country music and folk music—here are five Texas singer songwriters that changed music and made timeless songs.
5 Hippie Songs From the Late '60s and Early '70s That Have Stood the Test of Time
The message and songs from the hippie era carry on today with artists from a new generation. Popular music from the late '60s and early '70s.
Johnny Cash, “Hurt”: The Story Behind the Video
A look at one of the greatest music videos of all time: Johnny Cash's "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.
Song History: "Lord of the Dance" and "Simple Gifts"
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.