Best of Folk and Americana Music 2016

Best of Folk and Americana Music 2016

 

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Folk music includes both traditional music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th century folk revival. The term originated in the 19th century but is often applied to music that is older than that. Some types of folk music are also called world music. "Traditional folk music" has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles.

Starting in the mid-20th century a new form of popular folk music evolved from traditional folk music. This process and period is called the (second) folk revival and reached a zenith in the 1960s. This form of music is sometimes called contemporary folk music or folk revival music to distinguish it from earlier folk forms.[1] Smaller similar revivals have occurred elsewhere in the world at other times, but the term folk music has typically not been applied to the new music created during those revivals. This type of folk music also includes fusion genres such as folk rock, folk metal, electric folk, and others. While contemporary folk music is a genre generally distinct from traditional folk music, in English it shares the same name, and it often shares the same performers and venues as traditional folk music. Even individual songs may be a blend of the two.

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Chris Stapleton
 
bornApril 15, 1978
 
Margo Price
 
 
Sara Watkins
 
bornJune 8, 1981
 
Sturgill Simpson
 
bornJune 8, 1978

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Chart-Topper

Christopher Alvin "Chris" Stapleton[1] (born April 15, 1978) is an American musician and songwriter.[2][3] He is an established songwriter with six number-one songs[4] including the five-week number-one "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" recorded by George Strait, and "Come Back Song" recorded by Darius Rucker.[5] As a songwriter, over 150 of Stapleton's songs have appeared on albums by such artists as Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.[6] He has co-written with notable artists like Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow.[7]

After serving as the frontman of The SteelDrivers from 2008 to 2010, Stapleton released his debut studio album Traveller in 2015, which earned him several awards, reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and went on to sell over 1.6 million copies domestically.[8] Stapleton won the 2015 Country Music Association Award for Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year.[9] He received four Grammy Award nominations for the 2016 ceremony, including Album of the Year, winning two: Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance.[10]

Up & Coming Artist

Margo Rae Price (born April 15, 1983)[1][2][3][5] is an American singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Fader has called her "country's next star."[6] Her debut solo album Midwest Farmer's Daughter was released on Third Man Records on March 25, 2016.[7][8] The album was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, and was engineered by Matt Ross-Spang. The album was recorded in three days.[9]

Top 10 Albums of 201610

Album Releases this Year96

Artists with New Releases82

Chart-Topping Artists177

Chart-Topping Albums178

Chart-Topping Songs70

Top iTunes Songs10

Top SoundCloud Songs10

Best Reviewed Albums14

Best Reviewed Artists16

Award Winners15

Top Albums by Award Winners8

Top Songs by Award Winners11

Up & Coming Artists of 201611

Top Albums by Up & Coming Artists of 201610

Top Songs by Up & Coming Artists of 201614

Artists on Tour145

Popular Music Festivals31

Popular Record Labels69

Videos1000

Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles357

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Featured Tracks109

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles6

With an album of the year nod for Sturgill Simpson, Grammys put the spotlight on surging Americana genre
  –  February 5, 2017
The nod to the latest work from the Kentucky-born singer and songwriter is just the most recent manifestation of the rising tide for the broadly defined category of Americana music ... one factor in Billboard magazine renaming its folk album sales chart ...
Americana Gets Its Own Billboard Chart
  –  February 4, 2017
The Billboard Folk Albums Chart is being revamped as the Americana/Folk Albums Chart to reflect the rise in popularity and recognition of Americana music. Americana Music has its own national association, a huge annual festival, a wide range of talented ...
'Jewish Americana' music gets its moment in the spotlight
  –  January 27, 2017
And last May, Billboard began devoting an album chart to Americana and folk records. "Jews have always taken popular music and brought it into shul because that brings people into shul," said Kaye, who has also begun leading Shabbat services on his tours.
Khalid finds his 'Location' in El Paso
  –  February 7, 2017
The now mononymous Khalid’s single “Location” is at No. 64 but still rising on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart ... from R&B’s Frank Ocean to indie-rock and folk music artists such as Grizzly Bear and James Blake. And sprinkle in a little bit ...
Music for folks from the heart of Iowa
  –  February 2, 2017
He has now played folk ... about music that’s about folks.” He couldn’t be a better fit for the music he plays. His demeanor is level-headed, reserved, and friendly, even after his successes, which include having reached No. 50 on the Billboard ...
Protest Against Donald Trump At Ann Arbor Folk Festivals By Jenny Lewis And Indigo Girls
  –  January 31, 2017
Susan Werner the emcee for the event also received a standing ovation for pairing the song "Back in the U.S.S.R by 'The Beatles' with a new bitter and defiant song called "My Strange Nation", reported Billboard ... stating that folk music is still alive ...

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