Bands/Musicians Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster

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List of Folkways Records artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Folkways Records roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Folkways Records bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Folkways Records band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Folkways Records.

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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr. was an American jazz pianist. Tatum is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and was a major influence on later generations of ...more

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Big Bill Broonzy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Big Bill Broonzy Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual Big Bill Broonzy was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences. Through the ...more

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Charlie Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Charlie Waller Bluegrass Charlie Waller was the lead singer and guitarist for the legendary bluegrass band the Country Gentlemen. Waller was involved with the Country Gentlemen for 47 years. As a member of the Country ...more

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Clarence Ashley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Clarence Ashley Folk music Clarence "Tom" Ashley was an American musician and singer, who played the clawhammer banjo and the guitar. He began performing at medicine shows in the Southern Appalachian region as ...more

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Dave Van Ronk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Dave Van Ronk Ragtime, Folk music, Blues David Kenneth Ritz "Dave" Van Ronk was an American folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York, who settled in Greenwich Village, New York, and was eventually nicknamed the "Mayor of ...more

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Doc Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Doc Watson Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson was an American guitarist, songwriter, and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy ...more

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Dock Boggs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Dock Boggs Old-time music Moran Lee "Dock" Boggs was an influential old-time singer, songwriter and banjo player. His style of banjo playing, as well as his singing, is considered a unique combination of ...more

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Elizabeth Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Elizabeth Mitchell Elizabeth Mitchell, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Dr. Juliet Burke on the ABC TV series Lost, and also had lead roles on the TV series V and Revolution, and recurring ...more

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Eric Von Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Eric Von Schmidt Folk music, Blues Eric Von Schmidt was an American singer-songwriter and Grammy Award recipient. He was associated with the folk/blues revival of the 1960s and a key part of the East Coast folk music scene that ...more

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Ernest
Ernest "Doc" Paulin Jazz Ernest "Doc" Paulin was a New Orleans jazz brass band leader and trumpeter.

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Frank Proffitt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Frank Proffitt Frank Noah Proffitt was an Appalachian old time banjoist who helped popularize the song "Tom Dooley" and was a key figure in inspiring musicians of the 1960s and 1970s to play the ...more

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Gil Turner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Gil Turner Folk music Gil Turner was an American folk singer-songwriter, magazine editor, Shakespearean actor, political activist, and for a time, a lay Baptist preacher. Turner was a prominent figure in the ...more

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Gus Cannon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Gus Cannon Country blues Gus Cannon appeared in the Give Me the Banjo documentary film.

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Harley
Harley "Red" Allen Bluegrass, Country Harley Allen, better known as Red Allen, was an American bluegrass singer and guitarist known for his powerful tenor voice.

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Harley Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Harley Allen Bluegrass, Country Harley Lee Allen was an American bluegrass and country singer and songwriter.

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Hazel Dickens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Hazel Dickens Folk music, Bluegrass Hazel Jane Dickens was an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. Her music was characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her ...more

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Hobart Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Hobart Smith Old-time music Hobart Smith was an American old-time musician. He was most notable for his appearance with his sister, Texas Gladden, on a series of Library of Congress recordings in the 1940s and his later ...more

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Illapu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Illapu Andean music, Folk music, Latin American music Illapu are a Chilean folk and andean musical ensemble that was formed in 1971 in Antofagasta, in northern Chile, by the brothers José Miguel, Jaime, Andrés and Roberto ...more

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Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues William McKinley Gillum, known as Jazz Gillum, was an American blues harmonica player. He was born in Indianola, Mississippi. After running away from home at the age of seven, Gillum spent the ...more

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Jean Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Jean Ritchie Folk music Jean Ritchie is an American folk music singer, songwriter, and Appalachian dulcimer player.

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Joe Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Joe Hickerson Joe Hickerson is a noted folk singer and songleader. A graduate of Oberlin College, for 35 years he was Librarian and Director of the Archive of Folk Song at the American Folklife Center of the ...more

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John Duffey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
John Duffey Bluegrass, Country John H. Duffey was a Washington D.C. based bluegrass musician. Duffey was born John Humbird Duffey, Jr., in Washington, D.C., and lived nearly all his life in the Washington D.C. area. He ...more

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Kilby Snow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Kilby Snow Kilby Snow was an American folk musician. A virtuoso Autoharpist, he was awarded the title of Autoharp Champion of North Carolina at the age of 5, but recorded only a single album for Folkways ...more

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Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Lightnin' Hopkins Electric blues, Country blues Sam John Hopkins, better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included ...more

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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Lucinda Williams Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music Lucinda Williams is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer and songwriter. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received ...more

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Mary Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Mary Lou Williams Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop Mary Lou Williams was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records. Williams wrote and ...more

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Memphis Slim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Memphis Slim Blues Memphis Slim was an American blues pianist, singer, and composer. He led a series of bands that, reflecting the popular appeal of jump blues, included saxophones, bass, drums, and piano. A song ...more

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Mike Seeger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Mike Seeger Folk music, Old-time music Mike Seeger was an American folk musician and folklorist. He was a distinctive singer and an accomplished musician who played autoharp, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, mouth harp, mandolin, ...more

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Míkis Theodorakis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Míkis Theodorakis Film score, 20th-century classical music Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis is a Greek songwriter of over 1000 songs and composer. He scored for the films Zorba the Greek, Z, and Serpico. He is viewed as Greece's best-known living ...more

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Paul Clayton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Paul Clayton Folk music Paul Clayton was an American folksinger and folklorist who was prominent in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. A graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a master's ...more

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Peggy Seeger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Peggy Seeger Folk music Margaret "Peggy" Seeger is an American folksinger. She is also well known in Britain, where she has lived for more than 30 years and was married to the singer and songwriter Ewan ...more

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Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Pete Seeger Folk music Peter "Pete" Seeger was an American folk singer and activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the ...more

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Peter La Farge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Peter La Farge Folk music Peter La Farge was a New York-based folksinger and songwriter of the 1950s and 1960s. He is known best for his affiliations with Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

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Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country Philip David "Phil" Ochs was an American protest singer and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and ...more

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Sis Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Sis Cunningham Folk music Agnes Cunningham was an American musician, best known for her involvement as a performer and publicist of folk music and protest songs. She was the founding editor of Broadside magazine, which ...more

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Sven-Bertil Taube is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Sven-Bertil Taube Sven-Bertil Gunnar Evert Taube is a Swedish singer and actor. Born in Stockholm, he is the son of songwriter Evert Taube and sculptor Astri Taube.

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The Country Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
The Country Gentlemen Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country The Country Gentlemen were a bluegrass band that originated during the 1950s in the area of Washington, D.C., United States, and recorded and toured with various members until the death in 2004 ...more

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The Fugs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
The Fugs Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia The Fugs are a band formed in New York City in mid-1963 by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums. Soon afterward, they were joined by Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber of ...more

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The New Lost City Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
The New Lost City Ramblers Folk music, Old-time music The New Lost City Ramblers is a contemporary old-time string band that formed in New York City in 1958 during the Folk Revival. The founding members of the Ramblers, or NLCR, are Mike Seeger, ...more

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Wade Ward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Folkways Records Complete Artist Roster
Wade Ward Old-time music Wade Ward was an American old-time music banjo player and fiddler from Independence, Virginia. He was especially renowned for his clawhammer banjo playing. He was a frequent winner at the Galax, ...more