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Folk Music

Listen to these folk musicians past and present.

Whistle down the wind by Joan Baez

Baez performs the modern folk songs of contemporary musicians, such as Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Anohni

I, I by composer Bon Iver (Musical group)

Strangers again by Judy Collins

A unique and extraordinary duets album featuring the unmistakable voice of folk music icon Judy Collins and an all-star assembly of her superbly talented friends, including Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, and Jimmy Buffett

Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens's follow-up to her highly acclaimed solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, is more raw and personal with a mix of original tunes, traditional songs, and two songs from the civil rights era

Downtown church by Patty Griffin

Childhood home by Ben Harper

Ben Harper and his mother Ellen have collaborated to create an absorbing, deeply personal collection of original songs. It features ten songs that explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy

Gypsy by Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell has written eleven new songs for this release and is calling it her favorite album yet: new sounds, old sounds, electric guitar-driven rockers, classic country, and tender ballads

The order of time by Valerie June

In 2014, Valerie June released her acclaimed album Pushin' Against a Stone. Now she is back with the follow up release, an ethereal dream sequence of Americana and roots music filtered through her own unique tendencies. The first single, Astral Plane, was highlighted on NPR.com's Songs We Love feature

The Kingston Trio --From the "Hungry i" by Kingston Trio

Leo Kottke instrumentals, the best of the Chrysalis years by Leo Kottke

Folk Songs by Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet joins forces with labelmates Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant for this collection of traditional folk songs with contemporary arrangements

Gordon Lightfoot songbook Disc 1. by Gordon Lightfoot

Versatile by Van Morrison

Van Morrison interprets some of the very building blocks of modern music in his own utterly unique style. Along with classics made famous by artists like Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra, the album features six stunning new original songs

Carry it on Discs 1 and 2 by Paul Peter

The tree of forgiveness by John Prine

Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy winning Fair and Square. Rather than going out on a limb, Prine cultivated the themes that have brought international acclaim since the 1970s. The songs are new, although some had waited to be finished for decades, like a co-write with Phil Spector called God Only Knows. The musical arrangements may be simpler than on past efforts, yet his unique ability to distill complex emotions into everyday language remains intact

If I had a hammer : Songs of hope & struggle by Pete Seeger

In the Blue Light by Paul Simon

The latest album from Paul Simon presents collaborations with a varied collection of artists who have joined him to give fresh viewpoints on ten of Simon's favorite compositions from the five-decade duration of his renowned solo career

Troubadours of the folk era. Volume 2

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