I’m an eclectic music listener and am always thrilled to be introduced to new music from any genre. Since I spent time at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this summer, I’m posting some new favorites from the year that lean toward the pop/folksy end of things, but here they are:
Good Old War: Indie band from Philadelphia. Their name is an almagation of the musicians’ names. They stated emphatically that it wasn’t an endorsement of war! Great outside performance at the festival. Current album: Come Back as Rain
Chastity Brown: Musician from Tennessee. I saw her at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, opening for Dar Williams. Her music really sticks with me. Current album: Back-Road Highways
De Temps Antan: French-Canadians out of Quebec. I remember very little high school French, but the energy and winning rhythms made this one of the more entertaining performances at the festival. The ability to play, sing and use tap boxes simultaneously was amazing. Current Album: Les Habits Des Papier
Royal Wood: Once I was done giggling about his name, I really enjoyed his performance in Winnipeg. Current Album: We Were Born to Glory
Dar Williams: Well-known pop/folk singer-songwriter. Saw her at the Cedar in Minneapolis. This song, about one of the costs of war, brought me to tears, but acoustic live performances always hit me differently. Current Album: In the Time of Gods
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Love all of these… thanks for sharing.
Do you have a favorite or two to share? I’m always looking for music that I haven’t heard before.
If you like folk music you must get to know Gordon Bok, if you don’t know him already. I’ve been listening to his music for as long as you’ve been alive (oh lord, wow, now that’s a little bit scary to me!) and it never gets old (unlike me!). Mostly traditional, international. http://www.gordonbok.com/ Enjoy!
I think I’d like him based on his lyrics alone. “When you’re going after salmon, it is feast or it is famine”. Thanks for mentioning him – I love ballads!
Are you familiar with Fleet Foxes? My Morning Jacket? The XX?
I like the Fleet Foxes and Morning Jacket, but I’ll have to check out the other group. Thanks!