Here are a few favorite
searching for an artist's web site, try Google.
Many links to folk artist pages, and very useful for artists you may not already
One of the great Irish traditional groups, Altan has a huge following
around the world. If you get a chance to see them, don't miss it.
Lots of information about this famous folk singer, on her official page.
Includes lyrics to her own songs.
A Bay Area based Celtic guitarist, Steve is one of the primary
exponents of "Orkney tuning" (CGDGCD), a wonderful melodic
tuning. He is also the author of several Mel Bay books about fingerstyle
Keola is one of Hawaii's most prominent singer-songwriters, and is also a
well-known slack key guitarist.
Along with Bob Dylan, the most
influential musicians of the last 50 years. Finding a good Beatles web site is a
challenge. Try The Internet Beatles Album
and Steve's Beatles Page.
Rory is a delta blues influenced guitar player and singer. Along with
Bonnie Raitt, she is one of the most accomplished women in acoustic (or any) music.
Gordon Bok grew up
around the boatyards of Camden, Maine, and sailed on the lovely old schooners
that hail from that port.
His songs and singing reflect that history.
An Irish singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Paul Brady first came to
prominence in the 1970's as a traditional perfomer, recording with fiddler Tommy Peoples
and with Andy Irvine. In the 1980's, he released some wonderful rock and roll
records, and lately has had his songs covered by people like Bonnie Raitt, with whom he
sang his song "Luck of the Draw" on her album of the same name.
Bob Brozman is "Mr. National Steel Guitar." A prolific recording
artist and performer, he also teaches in a variety of styles. It's hard to describe,
so just look at the site. If you want to learn a lot about slide guitar, get his
slide tapes from
If you want to learn a little about chord theory and jazz/blues progressions, he
also has a tape set for that. Both are terrific, and he is a very effective teacher.
Three fan pages include
Byrds Online Home Page,
Byrd Watchers, and you should
Home Page, which he maintains. One of the great American bands of the
60's and early 70's, the Byrds was a band created by a bunch of folk and bluegrass
musicians, plus a drummer. Their first single, Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine
Man," introduced a sound never before heard on radio -- a true folk-rock sound.
Three of the five orginal members, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman,
continue to make great music in other groups.
The Chieftains are THE
traditional Irish band, over 40 years in existence, with almost 40 albums, including at
least 6 Grammy winners.
Another well known
Irish band, whose music is characterized by a blending of contemporary and
One of the most
prolific Texas singer/songwriters.
A wonderful singer/songwriter from Canada. If you are a Dylan or
Springsteen fan, but haven't listened to Cockburn, you should run out and find something
A remarkable presence, much more than a folksinger, she has a pure voice and
an exquisite taste in song. There is also a terrific
Judy Collins Fan Site, with
an abundance of very good information, including detailed album notes.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Starting with the Byrds, the Hollies and Buffalo Springfield, these guys are a
prime source from which much modern "acoustic" popular music springs.
Davis, Reverend Gary
Another important figure in the world of American acoustic blues, Reverend
Davis has had tremendous influence on touring blues musicians throughout the world.
Fine Celtic singer from the U.S.
bobdylan.com is the official site, and
includes a complete chronological and alphabetical listing of all albums and songs,
together with lyrics to all of the songs he wrote. Bob Links is another fine
link site. Last, but certainly not least, for guitar players there is a
tremendous web site called My Back
Developed by a Swedish fellow named Eyolf Østrem, he has collected lyrics to
all of the songs, with chords, together with a tremendous amount of academic
analysis of Dylan's music. Highly recommended -- this is a remarkable
Singer/Songwriter from Texas who now lives in Nashville. His songs are
Fleck, Bela and the Flecktones
Bela Fleck is a master banjo picker, whose early years found him playing with a
band called New Grass Revival. It's almost impossible to describe Bela's music or
the sound of the Flecktones, but they should not be missed.
A fine singer/songwriter. Among many very good songs, he's written "The
Great Storm is Over" and "Hard Love," both of which have been sung around
the world. His web site is maintained by the creator of FolkBlues.Com, so go there
My all time favorite singer/songwriter, from Chicago, whose most famous song is
"City of New Orleans." I learned a ton about guitar playing and having fun
playing music by listening to and watching Steve. He died of leukemia in 1984, but
there is still great interest in his music. He was a terrific stage performer and a
musician's musician. This web site has a huge amount of information about him. If
you have no Goodman music, buy the 2 CD set called "No Big Surprise," which his
wife put together and released in the 1990's. It has one disc of studio cuts and one
disc of live cuts, and has a very fine booklet with it, chock full of stories, including
some by his old buddy, John Prine.
Okay, they are really known as a rock and roll band, but the Grateful Dead grew
out of Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia's interest in folk music. In fact there is a great
amount of Jerry Garcia acoustic music being released and distributed by the great
mandolinist and Garcia pal David Grisman.
The link above is to the Official Grateful Dead site, but you should also look at The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics,
an absolutely amazing source of information about
this remarkable band.
Born and raised in
Manchester, England, Clive is an accomplished guitar player,
singer/songwriter, and record producer, whose work with Gregson &
Collister was described by Rolling Stone as "the state of the art in
British folk-rock". He was also a member of the Richard Thompson
A fine flatpicker.
Nanci Griffith is an Austin, Texas based singer/songwriter, is distinguished by
the respect she shows for the music she plays, whether her own or someone else's.
Perhaps the finest and most versatile mandolin player in the world today. David has
done a tremendous amount of work to preserve some of the best acoustic music in the world,
primarily through his own label, Acoustic Disc.
Since the 1960's, Arlo has been an important figure in American folk music. His web site subtitle is "Home of America's Favorite Undead Folksinger."
Richie has also been around since the 1960's,
and was a major figure at Woodstock. His guitar method is most unusual,
and he explains it at the site.
One of the seminal figures in tradition American blues, Robert Johnson was a
Mississippi delta blues performer, who only recorded about 41 tracks in his rather short
life. However, those tracks and his style have had an impact on most blues and rock
and roll performers up to the present. This is an academic site, apparently the
result of some course work at the University of Virginia. Very complete and very
detailed, including lyrics to Johnson's songs.
A community organizer in labor rights and peace activites, Si is also a
terrific songwriter and performer.
Lucy is a wonderful singer of original songs.
Calgary-based Canadian folksinger.
Koerner, Spider John
As a member of Koerner, Ray and Glover in the 60's, John was part
of a great expansion of awareness of blues music. He's still at it, with
recordings and live performance. I never get tired of seeing him play,
including his annual appearance at the Twin Cities Battle of the Jug Bands, in
the persona of "Outdoor John and the Sears Catalog."
The leader of the great rock band Dire Staits, Mark Knopfler has
written for movie soundtracks, in addition to creating a number of wonderful
solo projects and projects with others such as Chet Atkins. Great guitar
player, with a sensibility toward acoustic guitar.
This page is unofficial, but as official as it gets, and does offer a fair amount
of Gordon information.
David worked for many years as a sideman with Jackson Browne, and the
characteristic slide guitar sounds often heard on Jackson's earlier albums is the playing
of David Lindley. David is an amazing multi-instumentalist, with a depth of interest
and ability to play music from around the world which is unparalleled.
This wry fellow has created a large catalog of interesting music. He
sometimes is categorized as a country performer, but he's really most influenced by
A versatile musician of many styles. Probably the premier hammered dulcimer
player in the world.
John is a professional musician and music transcriber, but his site also offers
links and tips for guitar players.
McGarrigle, Kate and Anna
Wonderful singers from Canada.
Co-founder of the Byrds, this is Roger's own site, which he maintains.
Home of the Folk Den, where he has posted around 100 public domain recordings
of traditional folk songs.
"Joni Mitchell is a songwriter, singer, musician, poet and painter. Her
output of 20 albums over 30 years is widely regarded as one of the most significant and
consistent collections of work by any artist of her generation. Her unique interpretation
of divergent styles creates an intriguing, often unclassifiable musical landscape,
captivating music lovers and keeping pundits guessing."
One of the world's great voices. This site, which may not be official, is
extensive, and includes lyrics.
Michael Hough and David Tamulevich have been playing music together
all over the USA for more than 30 years. They are terrific, energetic
performers, with a huge repertoire of traditional and newer folk songs,
including many they have written.
It's hard to summarize Tim's work. He's everywhere -- on
his own records and recordings by others. Listen to old Hot Rize albums,
his solo works, the Crossing albums, and on and on. Great range and
Writer of countless wonderful songs, like "Ramblin'
Boy," "Last Thing on My Mind," and "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm
Bound," Tom came out of the 1960's Greenwich Village folk
albums number near 40 and counting.
Prine, John - Oh Boy Records
A true original.
Prine, John - Prine Shrine
An unofficial, but very information-rich site. Includes lyrics and chords to
pretty near every song Prine ever recorded. Lots of trivia, too.
An original modern blueswoman, whose heart has always seemed to be in the
music, not in the music business.
Three sisters who write and sing wonderful songs.
Brother of Stan Rogers, a powerful singer and songwriter.
Wonderful Canadian singer and writer of songs who passed away in
From this web site: "Tom Rush's music includes healthy doses of both folk and
blues influences. He also was the first major artist to record the songs of a then-unknown
Joni Mitchell, and also recorded a number of songs from such emerging singer/songwriters
of the time as Jackson Browne, Eric von Schmidt and Eric Kaz. Rush's own compositions are
still lauded for their poignant, undeniable lyrics."
It would be hard to talk about modern American folk music without mentioning
Pete Seeger. His influence is remarkable, his commitment to both the music and to
social justice are unflagging. There are many great Pete Seeger recordings, but a
favorite recent disc is simply called "Pete,"
which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1996.
Known mainly for his children's books, Shel was also a terrific poet and
songwriter, and was particularly good at writing very funny lyrics. Johnny Cash had
a monster hit with Shel's "A Boy Named. Sue." He wrote many songs for Dr.
Hook and the Medicine Show, a 70's era popular band. You should not miss "The
Three-Legged Man," which Steve
Goodman recorded. This site is a good place to view some of this work.
Smith, Michael Peter
No, not the Christian singer. Mike Smith wrote one of the
all-time great tunes, "The Dutchman," which Steve
Goodman first recorded, followed by many others. "Michael
has extensive experience as a songwriter, concert artist and recording artist.
The Dutchman and Spoon River have become standards
in the folk repertoire. He also has several excellent theatre projects to his
credit, including his award-winning work in Frank Galati's The Grapes of
Wrath, which toured internationally ten years ago." Michael is
also one of the instigators of Weavermania,
a group consisting of four veterans of the Chicago folk scene who have joined
forces to reproduce as closely as possible the original songs and sound of The
Very funny guys, and darned good musicians, too, although Tom may now be as well
known for his Yo-Yo prowess. These guys were hosts of a very funny and irreverent
(and politically controversial) TV variety show during the early 1970's, and had writers
the likes of one Steve Martin working for them.
This unofficial site lists tours, plus a lot of information about James.
Brother to James, but with his own style, Liv has a nice site to visit.
Ultimate Band List
Despite the goofy name, if you are looking for information about almost any
musician or band, you should try start with UBL.
"Everybody has a web site but that's all Greek to me; I don't own a computer
and I hate that letter "e."" (Loudon, from "The Last Man on
Earth"). A most eccentric singer/songwriter.
Clarence White had a great impact on countless guitar players, from his earlier
work in bluegrass with the Kentucky Colonels to his later work with the Byrds.
Though he died after being hit by a car in 1973, there are at least two pages which tell
about him, the one listed above and here's another one.
Both are part of Byrds pages.
Clarence White's brother, and a wonderful musician in his own right.
Williams, Robin and Linda
A long-time association with Garrison Keillor and his "Prairie Home
Companion" radio show has provided a terrific showcase for this couple, who've been
performing all over the country for nearly 30 years. Whether on their own, or as
part of the Hopeful Gospel Quartet (with Keillor and Kate MacKenzie), these two are not to
The late Kate Wolf was a gifted writer and performer of folk songs, and her music