Folk music has deep routes stemming from country backgrounds. Since the 1950’s, there have been many people that has taken the country sound to the next level. Here are the top ten country folk bands since those times.
Number Ten: Beirut
This band played a mixture of indie-rock and world music, with the basis of folk music. Originally started as a solo project by creator Zach Condon, in 2006 it became a band and took off. Many of their albums have international influences, like The Flying Club cup, which had a French feel to it.
Number Nine: The Albion Band
This British band officially came out in 1971 and since then had brought wonderful music to their admiring fans. Ashley Hutchings, the bass player,was said to be the most popular out of the group and led them to recognition in folk music. Most of their music was mostly consisted of the British style folk rock.
Number Eight: The Civil Wars
Although broken up, their music still rings through many of their fans ears. Started in 2008 the band consisted of the duo, Joy Williams, and John Paul White. They definetely had a huge influence on folk music, winning four Grammy’s during their career. They broke up in 2014, so imagine if they just kept going!
Number Seven: Old Crow Medicine Show
This band has been growing in popularity. An American string band, they came out of Nashville, Tennessee by storm, adding some new fans of folk music. Sticking to their country routes, many appreciate its staying loyal to the folk music sound while still being able to add the spice of punk rock many love today.
Number Six: Fairport Convention
This fiery band mixes the classic sounds of folk music, with the funky electric sounds. Started in 1967, they had a strong impact on English music, and has since held a great fan base. They became so popular, they hosted the Cropredy Festival, a very popular event in the UK.
Number Five: Fleet Foxes
This American indie folk band came out in 2006 and has since been rising. The band started in Seattle, Washington. They really started to become popular in the late 2007’s, and has managed to gain popularity at a fast rate, managing to get the album of the year in Billboards Critics Choice!
Number Four: The Avett Brothers
From out of Concord, North Carolina, the Avett Brothers managed to combine an immense number of sounds into their folk music. They created their own unique style attracting many in its path. The band consists of two brothers, Seth and Scott Avett. Since the year 200 when they came out they have been influencing folk music, I and Love and You being one of their most popular albums.
Number Three: The Kingston Trio
This American folk band mixed pop music with their sounds, and was said to influence the folk revival of the late 1950’s and 60’s. The group consisted of Bob Shane, Dave Gaurd ( high school friends ), and Nick Reynolds and other members followed. The team came out of Palo Alto, California, and has since made an impact on mid-20th century folk.
Number Two: Peter Paul and Mary
This trio came out on the scene in the 1960’s, and ever since has been a fan favorite. Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers the song writers wanted to be at the top, and were. Their album was listed in Billboard Magazine at the top 10 for ten months. Mary Travers passed in 2009, but Peter and Paul still sing as a duo under the group name.
Number One: Simon and Garfunkel
It was a close fight, but this duo took the win. They were considered one of the most popular artists of the 1960’s. Their break through came in 1966 when they came out with The Sound of Silence which sold over a million copies. The band has broken up and reunited multiple times, and officially called it quits by 1970, but even with their rocky career managed to be one of the most popular folk bands in folk music.
There’s no doubt that these artist took folk to the next level. Many people today listen to folk music regularly, and the numbers are still growing.