Best of Folk and Americana Music 2017

Best of Folk and Americana Music 2017



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 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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Sunny Sweeney
American singer
bornDecember 7, 1976
Gary Clark Jr.
Conor Oberst
bornFebruary 15, 1980
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
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Christopher Alvin Stapleton[2] (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter.[3][4] He is an established songwriter with six number-one songs[5] 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.[6] Over 150 of Stapleton's songs have appeared on albums by such artists as Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.[7] Among other artists, he has co-written with Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow.[8]

After serving as the frontman of bluegrass group The SteelDrivers from 2008 to 2010, Stapleton released his debut studio album Traveller in 2015, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Among several accolades, he won the Country Music Association Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards for Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year,[9] and the Grammy Award for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance at the 58th annual ceremony.[10] His second album From A Room: Volume 1 will be released in 2017.

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]

New Releases this Month5

Artists with New Releases5

Album Releases this Year29

Chart-Topping Artists70

Chart-Topping Albums70

Chart-Topping Songs100

Top iTunes Songs10

Top SoundCloud Songs10

Best Reviewed Albums12

Best Revewed Artists13

Award Winners5

Artists on the Rise4

Top Albums by Artists on the Rise4

Top Songs by Artists on the Rise2

Artists on Tour75

Popular Music Festivals31

Popular Record Labels69


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles205


Spotify - Featured Tracks124


News Articles11

With an album of the year nod for Sturgill Simpson, Grammys put the spotlight on surging Americana genre
  –  February 2, 2017
When the 2017 Grammy ... the Nielsen Music sales tracking service on which Billboard bases its charts. More revealing is the long view of year-over-year results. Bakula confirmed that total sales for albums on the folk (and subsequently, Americana/folk ...
10 of the Best Unsigned Country Artists
  –  April 17, 2017
Take a listen to 10 of the best-unsigned country artists, 2017 edition. Lubbock’s Flatland ... to their album Humble Folks charting on the Billboard charts. They hit No. 17 on the Americana/Folk chart and No. 38 on the country chart last year.
Folk-rock band Dawes to headline Master Musicians Festival
  –  February 24, 2017
The 2017 edition of Somerset's Master Musicians Festival ... Their 2016 album “Like An Arrow” hit the top spot on the Billboard Country and Americana/Folk charts in the U.S., and they've toured with notable names like Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top.
Barry Zito first Cy Young winner on Billboard charts
  –  February 16, 2017
That ranks it No. 15 on Americana/Folk Album Sales, No. 18 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 39 on Country Album Sales. Zito is among a small list of former Major Leaguers to hit the Billboard Charts, along with Bernie Williams and Bronson Arroyo. Giants ...
2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards performers
  –  April 25, 2017
The Puerto Rican rapper, who is nominated for five awards including Hot Latin Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, will take the Billboard Latin Music Awards stage after ... The Colombian folk pop group, who gained prominence with the song ...
A Baker's Dozen of Upcoming Roots Music Releases in Early 2017
  –  April 9, 2017
If you thought 2016 was a stellar year for music, 2017 kicks off with some fantastic new releases ... when they dominated the Billboard charts, and folk music was part of the great fabric of popular music. From their involvement in the Civil Rights ...
The Accidentals
  –  March 18, 2017
Billboard's Breakout Band at SXSW 2015, Huffington Post’s Sweet Sixteen of 2016, and Yahoo Music’s Top Ten Bands to Watch 2017… Described by John Sinkevics of Local Spins as “genre-melding indie-folk,” The Accidentals (Sav Buist and Katie Larson ...
February 2017 music release reviews
  –  March 15, 2017
Although “Thin Red Line” didn’t crack the album charts, the catchy, keyboard-dominated single “Real Love” did manage to make it to No. 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 ... straddle the line between beat music and folk rock, while The Searchers ...
Stream Ed Sheeran’s New Album ‘÷’
  –  March 3, 2017
Aside from breaking Billboard records ... In between is the Celtic folk song “Galway Girl,” which Ed is particularly proud of. “[The label was] really, really against ‘Galway Girl’, because apparently folk music isn’t cool,” he told The ...
Barry Zito first Cy Young winner on Billboard charts
  –  February 16, 2017
according to Nielsen Music. That ranks it No. 15 on Americana/Folk Album Sales, No. 18 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 39 on Country Album Sales. Zito is among a small list of former Major Leaguers to hit the Billboard Charts, along with Bernie Williams and ...
For The Last Time: Rock Is Not Dead, You’re Just Not Paying Attention
  –  February 1, 2017
In 1971, folk singer Don McLean echoed these ... “What Happened to Rock Music?” mused The New Republic. “Is Rock Still Relevant in 2016?” wondered Billboard. (Full disclosure: I was quoted as a source in the Billboard story.) Some outlets haven ...

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