American Folk

This is an eclectic collection of folk-oriented or folk-identified artists, excluding folk-rooted genres listed elsewhere (old-time country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, cajun, celtic).


Asylum Street Spankers [1996– ]

Joan Baez (1941– )

Jeff Black

Black Prairie [2010– ]

Robert Sarazin Blake

Laura Boosinger

Kate Brislin

David Bromberg (1945– )

Richard Buckner

Terry Callier

Kate Campbell (1961– )

Carolina Chocolate Drops [2005– ]

Chuck & Albert

Connie Converse (1924–74)

Karen Dalton (1938–93)

Barbara Dane (1927– )

Smoke Dawson (1935– )

Iris Dement (1961– )

Brett Dennen

Garry Dial

William Michael Dillon

Fred Eaglesmith (1957– )

John Fahey (1939–2001)

Ferron (1952– )

Dom Flemons

Four Bitchin' Babes [1991– ]

Jackson C. Frank (1943–99)

Dori Freeman

Otis Gibbs

Rhiannon Giddens (1977– )

Vance Gilbert

Eliza Gilkyson (1950– )

Steve Goodman (1948–84)

Patty Griffin (1964– )

Arlo Guthrie (1947– )

Woody Guthrie (1912–67)

Brian Harnetty

Tish Hinojosa (1955– )

Robin Holcomb (1954– )

Roscoe Holcomb (1912–81)

Lonnie Holley (1950– )

Holy Modal Rounders [1963– ]

Cisco Houston (1918–61)

Lena Hughes (1904–98)

Michael Hurley (1941– )

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Joy Kills Sorrow

Si Kahn (1941– )

Robert Earl Keen Jr. (1956– )

Kingston Trio [1956–1968]

Leo Kottke (1945– )

John Kruth (1955– )

Jim Kweskin (1940– )

Pokey LaFarge

Christine Lavin (1951– )

Eddy Lawrence

Jeffrey Lewis (1975– )

Gordon Lightfoot (1938– )

Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1882–1973)

Leyla McCalla (1985– )

Mary McCaslin (1946– )

Kate and Anna McGarrigle [1976– ]

Lori McKenna (1968– )

Erin McKeown (1977– )

Anaïs Mitchell (1981– )

Chad Mitchell (1939– )

Hugh Moffatt (1948– )

Katy Moffatt (1950– )

Zoe Muth

Fred Neil (1937–2001)

Tara Nevins

The New Lost City Ramblers [1958– ]

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band [1965– ]

Phil Ochs (1940–76)

Odetta (1930– )

Maura O'Connell (1958– )

Charlie Parr

Peter, Paul and Mary [1961– ]

Utah Phillips (1935– )

Phranc (1957– )

Rod Picott (1964– )

John Prine (1946– )

Joe Pug

The Ragpicker String Band

Dave Rawlings

Leon Redbone

Dan Reeder (1954– )

Jean Ritchie (1922–2015)

Stan Rogers (1949–83)

Jack Rose (1971–2009)

Mike Seeger (1933– )

Pete Seeger (1919–2014)

Joan Shelley

Shel Silverstein (1932–99)

Chris Smither (1944– )

The Smothers Brothers

Todd Snider (1966– )

Peter Stampfel (1938– )

Andy Statman

Sweet Honey in the Rock [1973– ]

Two Nice Girls [1989–1992]

William Tyler (1979– )

Dave Van Ronk (1937– )

Townes Van Zandt (1944–97)

Loudon Wainwright III (1947– )

Ryley Walker (1989– )

Abigail Washburn (1979– )

Doc Watson (1923–2012)

Gillian Welch (1967– )

Don White

The White Buffalo

William Elliot Whitmore (1978– )

Dar Williams (1967– )

Ann Zimmerman

Various Artists


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