American folk music

  1. 600,000: Mumford & Sons

    October 08, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Sound the banjos! A look at how Mumford & Sons' unique touring strategy and three years of hard road work paid off. "That was quite a sunset!" Marcus Mumford, clutching an acoustic guitar against his white button-up and olive- ...

  2. From This Week's Billboard: How Mumford And Sons Scored Highest First Week Sales This Year (So Far)

    October 05, 2012 4:02 PM EDT Below are excerpts from the cover story "600,000" -- an in-depth look at Mumford & Sons' album Babel which scored the highest debut week of 2012 -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features a featu ...

  3. Avetts' Americana

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT North Carolina folk-rock group maintains its humility, even while hanging with Dylan and Rick Rubin. Seth Avett says he doesn't know a lot about love, but he's learning fast. "Every time I think I know a lot about it, I'm broug ...

  4. Willie Dixon, Doc Watson, Memphis Slim Footage Unearthed For New Documentary

    June 18, 2012 6:39 PM EDT Folklorist Alan Lomax threw a house party at his New York City home in 1961 to fete the folk musicians -- Roscoe Holcomb, Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson -- in town for a concert thrown by the Friends of Old Time Music. He wanted to mix it up a bit ...

  5. Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies In NC Hospital At 89

    May 29, 2012 8:23 PM EDT Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and ...

  6. Doc Watson, Legendary Folk Musician, Master Flatpicker, In Critical Condition

    May 25, 2012 8:10 AM EDT RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson was in critical condition Thursday at a North Carolina hospital after falling at his home in Deep Gap earlier this week. Watson's daughter, Nancy, told The Associated Press that th ...

  7. This Week In Music: Crush Management's John Grady on Developing Young Artists

    April 10, 2012 3:01 PM EDT In the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks to John Grady of Crush Management Nashville about the resurgance of bluegrass and developing young artists. To Grady, the success - 9 Grammys worth - of the O Br ...

  8. Bob Dylan's 'Blood On The Tracks' Album to Be Made Into a Movie

    April 05, 2012 9:41 AM EDT LONDON - Brazil-based international production banner RT Features has strummed up the rights to adapt Bob Dylan's seminal 1975 album Blood on the Tracks into an English language movie. RT Features' Rodrigo Teixeira and Fernando Loureiro ...

  9. Spain Touring Notes: Sizzla Dates Canceled; Dylan Headlining FIB; James Murphy, Lana Del Rey at Sonar; More

    March 28, 2012 2:52 PM EDT Line-up for Spain's 2012 Festival Internacional Benicassim featuring headliner Bob Dylan Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla Kalongi had three April concerts in Spain canceled under intense pressure from gay rights groups over lyrics, seriously ups ...

  10. How Woody Guthrie's Lyrics With Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker and Will Johnson Topped Billboard's Heatseekers Chart

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers' chart, they hit Santa Monica radio station KCRW for a performance and interv ...

  11. Backbeat: Louisiana Makes Touring Sales Pitch With Ledisi, Trombone Shorty

    February 13, 2012 2:06 PM EST Ledisi gets funky with guitarist Nate Mercereaux and Trombone Shorty at the Only in Louisiana brunch. Louisiana has long popularized the tax breaks it supplies film and television shows, but at Saturday's annual Only in Louisiana brunch, they ...

  12. Web Trends: Adele Cleans Up, Whitney Houston Honored At The Grammys

    February 13, 2012 2:05 PM EST Google Trends: 1. jennifer hudson tribute to whitney houston -- Jennifer Hudson sang during the tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's Grammys. 2. Bon Iver -- Indie fave Bon Iver upset the likes of Nicki Minaj and Skrillex last night winn ...

  13. Adele Planning To Record Country, Bluegrass Music

    August 05, 2011 7:07 AM EDT British singing sensation Adele may have rescheduled most of her American summer tour because of laryngitis, but the artist did manage to pick up some U.S. influences during the short time she spent singing across the pond. And now she says she pl ...

  14. National Folk Festival Coming to Nashville

    August 03, 2011 7:40 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville has no theme park, no beach and no casinos. But it has music. Lots of it. The National Folk Festival, which is coming to Nashville Labor Day weekend, caps off several months of major events held here that validate ...

  15. Bruce Springsteen Records New Song For Pete Seeger Album: Exclusive

    June 15, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen has recorded a new Pete Seeger song for a Seeger album that is penciled in for release this holiday season. Springsteen sings two verses and a chorus on "God is Counting on Us," a song Seeger wrote in response to the oi ...

  16. Bob Dylan Denies His Chinese Concerts Were Censored by Goverment

    May 13, 2011 1:11 PM EDT In a rare and lengthy post on his official website titled "To my fans and followers," Bob Dylan slammed what he characterizes as inaccurate reports that claimed he censored his setlist during his recent first shows in China . First, he r ...

  17. Hazel Dickens, bluegrass performer, dies at 75

    April 24, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Hazel Dickens, a folk singer and bluegrass musician who advocated for coal miners, has died at age 75. Dickens died Friday morning at a Washington hospice of complications from pneumonia. Her death was confirmed by Ken Irwin, a founder of Rounder ...

  18. Phil Ochs Documentary, 'There But For Fortune,' Marches Across U.S.

    March 03, 2011 3:36 PM EST A documentary on '60s folksinger Phil Ochs that had a schedule of eight cities in January has expanded its run to 70 playdates and may eventually be booked into 100 theaters. For a film that took 20 years to come together despite the interest ...

  19. Noise Pop Fest to Feature Arcade Fire, Feist Docs

    January 26, 2011 7:25 PM EST San Francisco's Noise Pop festival, which takes over the city from February 22-27, will feature several rock documentaries as part of its 2011 lineup. The multi-day indie rock confab will mark the U.S. premiere of "The Extraordinary Ordi ...

  20. Stone Poneys' Kenny Edwards Dead At 64

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Edwards, an original member of the Stone Poneys country-rock band and longtime collaborator with singer-songwriters Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff, has died in California at age 64. A statement on his website says he died Wednesday (Aug. 19 ...

  21. Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder Run The Farm At Bonnaroo 2010

    June 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z ran the farm in Manchester, Tenn. last night running through a blazing 90-minute set on the main stage of Bonnaroo, redeeming Kanye West's 2008 sunrise special and hip-hop's checkered festival past. Jay's set, though devoid of ...

  22. Cherry Lane Celebrates 50th In Grand Style

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane rocked the house with its 50th anniversary party at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, New York. The gigantic Brooklyn Bowl was closed to the public for the night as a who's who of the New York music business schmoozed, rocked out ...

  23. Analysis: How Important Is Social Media?

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST How important is social media in the development of artists? At Digital Music Forum, Universal Music Group executive VP Cameo Carlson said she was surprised so many twentysomethings are not interested in social networking . Daniel Glass, founder o ...

  24. Jack Cooke, Bandmate of Ralph Stanley, Dead At 72

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST A longtime bluegrass bass player and singer with Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys has died. Jack Cooke was 72. According to a press release Wednesday from Morris Public Relations, Cooke died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown of Norton, Va. ...

  25. Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary Dead At 72

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for seve ...

  26. Bob Dylan To Exhibit Artwork In Denmark

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He writes, he sings, he sometimes exchanges blows in the boxing ring. But Bob Dylan is also familiar with another type of canvas as a quietly prolific painter. Nearly 100 artworks from the noted musician will be exhibited at the National Gallery o ...

  27. Dylan Soundtracks Co-op Commercial

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan has allowed U.K. mass merchant the Co-operative Group to use "Blowin' In The Wind" for a new advertising campaign. It will be aired next month. The campaign is the culmination of a two-year re-branding process of its entir ...

  28. American Folk Legend Odetta Dies At 77

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77. Odetta died Tuesday (Dec. 2) of heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, said her manager of 12 years, Doug ...

  29. '60s Songwriter Erik Darling Dies At 74

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Erik Darling, the reedy-voiced guitarist and banjo player who deftly stepped in when Pete Seeger left the pioneering folk music group The Weavers, has died after battling lymphoma. He was 74. He died Sunday in Chapel Hill, not far from Raleigh. Da ...

  30. Buffett, Black Crowes, Power Set For Newport Folk Fest

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett, the Black Crowes, Cat Power and Jakob Dylan are among the artists performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival, to be held Aug. 1-3 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. Other artists include the Avett Brothers, Levon He ...

  31. Billboard Q&A: Roger McGuinn

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Folk-rock mainstay Roger McGuinn, who co-founded the Byrds in 1964, has long been not only writing music about the environment, he's also been an activist. Now in his fifth decade in the business, McGuinn has seen the seed of environmentally ...

  32. Blues Artist 'Weepin' Willie Dies

    December 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Weepin'" Willie Robinson, a blues singer who performed with Steven Tyler and Bonnie Raitt but also spent time homeless, has died at age 81. Robinson had been a sharecropper, an Army veteran and a friend of performers, including B.B ...

  33. Appleseed Recordings Preps 10th Anniversary Releases

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie label Appleseed Recordings is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a string of civic-minded compilation releases featuring new songs from such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and Jon Bon Jovi. Former consumer advocate lawyer Jim M ...

  34. New York Blues Guitarist Perry Dead At 49

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blues guitarist Bill Perry, who was discovered by Woodstock folk legend Richie Havens, has died, his label Blind Pig Records reported on Wednesday. He was 49. According to Greg Schwark, Perry's road manager, the musician was found at his apar ...

  35. Slate To Host Dylan Video Premiere, Contest

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST This Friday (Dec. 8), Slate Magazine will be premiering the new Bob Dylan video for "Thunder on the Mountain," a song off his latest album "Modern Times" (Columbia). The video features archival footage of Dylan performing over ...

  36. Grascals, Vincent, O'Brien Take Top IBMA Honors

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT International Bluegrass Music Awards held Sept. 28. International Bluegrass Music Awards held Sept. 28. News ...

  37. Influential Guitarist Etta Baker Dies

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT No cause of death was given. Etta Baker, an influential blues guitarist who recorded with Taj Mahal and was awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, has died, her family said. She was 93. No cause of death was given, but her health had be ...

  38. Q&A: PETE SEEGER

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Like a train in a Woody Guthrie song, Pete Seeger just can't stop. Activist and pacifist, preacher and congregant, teacher and student, Seeger, 87, still believes that a song can change the course of Like a train in a Woody Guthrie song, Pete ...

  39. Folk Music Promoter Harold Leventhal Dies

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Introduced Bob Dylan in his first major show. Harold Leventhal, a renowned folk music promoter who worked with Woody Guthrie and introduced Bob Dylan in his first major concert hall show, has died. He was 86. Leventhal died Tuesday at New York Uni ...

  40. AMAs To Honor Collins, Hartford

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Awards set for Sept. 9. Judy Collins and the late John Hartford will be honored with special awards during the fourth annual Americana Music Assn. Honors & Awards, set for Sept. 9 in Nashville. Collins will be given the First Amendment Center/ ...

  41. Vassar Clements Dies

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fiddle virtuoso was 77. Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements died on August 16 at his daughter, Midge Cranor’s, home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 77. Born in 1928, Clements was referred to as the "Miles Davis ...

  42. Injured DiFranco Taking Touring Hiatus

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT West Coast tour canceled. Following the July 31 conclusion of her current touring leg in Floyd, Va., singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco will begin a year-long hiatus from the road. The artist is suffering from tendonitis in her wrists and hands, a c ...

  43. Near Mint Debuts With Solo Guitar Compilation

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Imaginational Anthem' due Oct. 25. The first release by new label Near Mint (distributed by Fontana) will be a compilation of acoustic guitar music dubbed "Imaginational Anthem." Due Oct. 25, the 16-track set spans 40 years of ...

  44. Go-Go Godfather Brown Gets Heritage Fellowship

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chuck Brown, the still-active "Godfather of Go-Go," was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship yesterday (June 14), the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Fellowship, which Chuck Brown, the still-active &q ...

  45. MSN Music Nabs Smithsonian Deal

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has inked an exclusive digital distribution deal with MSN Music. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has inked an exclusive digital distribution deal with MSN Music. Under the agreement, Smithsonian Folkways' catal ...

  46. Ryko To Distribute Smithsonian Label

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Catalog features classic folk music. (The Hollywood Reporter) New York-based Ryko Distribution will handle Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum. The ...

  47. Bluegrass

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT At a time when much of the mainstream music business is desperately trying to connect with consumers and sell albums, the bluegrass music community has seen its fortunes rise. At a time when much of the mainstream music business is desperately try ...

  48. Koch To Release Bush/Kerry Parody Single

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Koch Records on Oct. 5 will release a CD single of the parody song "This Land Is Your Land" by JibJab Media. Koch Records on Oct. 5 will release a CD single of the parody song "This Land Is Your Land" by JibJab Media. The tune, ...

  49. JibJab Settles With Guthrie Publisher

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT This song is my song, this song is your song. That's the agreement reached between the publishers of Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land is Your Land" and JibJab Media, creators of an animated Internet LOS ANGELES (AP) -- This s ...

  50. Cleveland House Of Blues Names GM

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dan Smith takes role at new venue. House of Blues Entertainment has named Dan Smith as GM of the new House of Blues Cleveland. Smith will be in charge of finances and operations for the venue. House of Blues Cleveland, which is scheduled to open l ...

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