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A lot of folk-pop gets shoveled down our  throats, and the majority of it is very hard to define where the folk part of it is located. These guys are doing it right, and if the radios get hold of them they will be getting pretty big pretty quick in my opinion.

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Old Bear Mountain – British Columbia

Old bear mountain are very much a folk string-band playing traditional style music, but man can they write a catchy song.

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You can get this album as a pay what you want from here: http://oldbearmountain.bandcamp.com/album/northwest-hymnal

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Old Bear Mountain – Hood River

 

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J. Tillman – I Will Return

An older album, but one I still play a lot.

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J. Tillman – golden string for your nest

J. Tillman went on to make a lot of music after this album, but to me this is probably his most intimate of albums.

Artist_J_TILLMAN_album_I_WILL_RETURNThis album is pretty old now, but if you look around you can find it still.

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J. Tillman – Lilac Hem

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Wooden Wand – Hard Knox

James Jackson Toth is a prolific music maker, some times good, sometime not so much. That said 2009 was a great year with a couple of great albums, of which this was one.

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Wooden Wand – Chrome

Great lyric driven folk, with some interesting ideas thrown in.

Hard_Knox_(Wand)-Wooden_Wand_480His website is here: http://www.woodenwand.org/, though this album seems to be sold out at the moment. I am sure a smart cookie like yourself can find somewhere else to buy it.

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Wooden Wand – Arriving

 

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This is what I love about american folk. Simple tunes that bleed with emotion. Oh and how I do love clawhammer banjo.

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The Honey Dewdrops – No More Trouble

This girl has a great voice that just relaxes me back into my chair and releases my worries just a little. (Getting a  little cheesy there Roy)

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Get the album from their website: http://www.thehoneydewdrops.com/

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The Honey Dewdrops – Silver Lining.mp3

 

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Sometime I need a good dose of some more traditional folk music. Ahhhh, yes much better.

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Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever – Farewell to Stromness

I have only found Eamonn Coyne recently, but it is a great find and you always need something a little more uplifting to put on when the wife has had enough of all that “sad” music I seem to play.

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Grab the album here: http://www.eamonncoyne.com/

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Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever – Marches & Reels

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