Folk

Content related to folk, folk rock, Americana, traditional music and other more folksy styles.

The Eagles and Hotel California Live

Listening to any musical genre, but especially pop genres like rock 'n' roll there are those certain songs that have become absolutely anthemic, instantly recognizable and unforgettable. Maybe its a specific feel, or a particular combination of great songwriting, catchy hooks and musicality that has caused these songs to be permanently etched into our culture, or maybe its just a feel that we identify with and like.

The Mountain Goats: Raw, Honest and Authentic Music Still Exists

In a world where music has often become just another processed marketing technique used by the big businesses to market towards a specific demographic, it is nice to find artists that still sound not only spontaneous and powerful, but also like actual people.

Deal with the Devil: Understanding Robert Johnson, His Music and His Impact

It seems inevitable that at some point in their lives, all blues and rock and roll fans encounter Robert Johnson in some form or another. His music has had more impact on the course of modern music that could have ever been predicted back in the '30s when he was playing. Most if not all of his songs are considered to be blues standards covered by thousands of blues artists and are often considered the pinnacle of the genre.

Curtis Blues: Delta Blues Reincarnated in a One Man Band

There is something about the early history of the blues that really speaks to me. After first discovering blues through artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin (and others like the White Stripes) I've been interested in the early days; the music that influenced these artists. Backtracking my way through the blues it wasn't long before I was consumed by artists like Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, Willie Dixon, Charlie Patton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Jr. Lockwood and of course Robert Johnson (plus many others).

The Quintessential Heavy Metal Band Plays Folk: The Acoustic Side of Led Zeppelin.

When I first listened to an entire Led Zeppelin album it was during my grunge rock period when I had become obsessed with the Smashing Pumpkins, especially their heaviest songs. Craving more gut wrenching, fuzzed out guitars I sought what many consider the quintessential heavy metal band: Led Zeppelin.

Rock & Roll Feature: Dylan Bringing the Controversy All Back Home

This is the fourth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller and I love blues so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like from those genres every month.

Authenticity: Why We Need Folk Music in a Modern Society

Well, if you're travelin' in the north country fair,
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline,
Remember me to one who lives there.
She once was a true love of mine.

Well, if you go when the snowflakes storm,
When the rivers freeze and summer ends,
Please see if she's wearing a coat so warm,
To keep her from the howlin' winds.

Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
If it rolls and flows all down her breast.
Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
That's the way I remember her best.

I'm a-wonderin' if she remembers me at all.

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