(Now imagine this greeting in the voice of Dr. Nick from The Simpsons)
So, I know that you probably do not want to hear about any more of that “folk stuff” from last class. However, for those who may be interested in getting to know this side of American music a little bit better, I am posting two videos: the first one is the 16-minute documentary by Alan Lomax (it is really good, because you get an overview of how folk came to be); the second video is a recording taken from a documentary about Lomax, where you can see how music was an important element in the lives of prison-farm workers.
Also, for those who may want to get acquainted with folk music but do not want to dwell too much on the past, there are some really good folk/indie folk/folk rock musicians which you can listen to. Here is a small list (I am sure you know most of these names anyway, because they are kind of famous):
- Ani DiFranco
- Bon Iver (although Bon Iver is considered indie folk, I have serious doubts about it, but check it out anyway. It is awesome! Holocene)
- Damien Rice (IRISH!)
- The Decemberists
- Devendra Banhart (Venezuelan-American musician)
- Don McLean (American Pie)
- Fleet Foxes
- Great Lake Swimmers (Canadian folk rock)
- The Head and the Heart (indie folk-pop)
- Iron & Wine
- The Lumineers (Stubborn Love)
- The Mountain Goats (This Year)
- Mumford and Sons (English, but too good not to mention)
- Noah & the Whale
- Of Monsters and Men (Icelandic indie folk: yup, it’s a thing)
- Steve Earle (The Galway Girl)
Now go and enjoy your Easter Holidays.
And, you know...
Don't forget to be awesome,