Updated: check out our list of the top 10 folk artists of 2020!
Whether you like classic protest songs or indie acoustic jams, the best folk artists of 2019 have it all. The top folk artists today include veteran acts, newcomers, and everyone in between. Some of the best folk singers and bands of 2019 have massive tours on the calendar, while others are releasing highly anticipated new albums.
Everyone from Rhiannon Giddens and I'm with Her to J.S. Ondara are expected to have a big year in 2019. Father John Misty and Jason Isbell are also going to leave their marks on the year, with a co-headlining tour in North America this summer.
In League with Dragons (The Mountain Goats), Gold in a Brass Age (David Gray), and Wasteland, Baby! (Hozier) are among the folk albums released in 2019. Better Oblivion Community Center are one of the new 2019 folk artists. They released their debut album on January 24, 2019.
Who do you think are the hottest folk artists right now? Vote your favorite 2019 folk artists up to the top of this list, and don't forget to add any good folk musicians we may have missed.
- 1Michael Jason Isbell (; born February 1, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist... more on Wikipedia642
- 2Christopher Alvin Stapleton (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist,... more on Wikipedia7418
- 3Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual... more on Wikipedia2514
- 4The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and... more on Wikipedia2517
- 5Rhiannon Giddens (born February 21, 1977) is an American musician. She is a founding member of... more on Wikipedia1911
- 6Yolanda Quartey (born in 1984), known as Yola, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter... more on Wikipedia117
- 7Mandolin Orange is an Americana/folk duo based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group... more on Wikipedia1411
- 8I'm with Her is an American band consisting of singer-songwriter–multi-instrumentalists Sara... more on Wikipedia1211
- 9Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier (born March 17, 1990), is an Irish musician and... more on Wikipedia1517
- 10Joshua Michael Tillman (born May 3, 1981), also known as Father John Misty and previously J.... more on Wikipedia
- 11David Gray (born 13 June 1968) is a British singer-songwriter. Gray released his first album... more on Wikipedia1112
- 12J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan singer-songwriter living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, born August 1992.... more on Wikipedia
- 13Andrew Wegman Bird (born July 11, 1973) is an American indie rock multi-instrumentalist,... more on Wikipedia
- 14Valerie June Hockett, known as Valerie June, is an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia
- 15Better Oblivion Community Center is an American indie rock duo composed of musicians Conor... more on Wikipedia
- 16Damien Jurado is an American singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington, United States. Over... more on Wikipedia
- 17Michael Chapman may refer to: Mike Chapman (born 1947), Australian record producer and... more on Wikipedia
- 18Steve Gunn is an American, Brooklyn-based, singer-songwriter. Gunn was formerly a guitarist in... more on Wikipedia
- 19Lucy Rose Parton, known as Lucy Rose, is an English singer-songwriter from Warwickshire,... more on Wikipedia
- 20The Mountain Goats are an American indie folk rock band formed in Claremont, California by... more on Wikipedia48
The Mountain Goats
- 21James Michael Bay (born 4 September 1990) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In... more on Wikipedia511
Maya de Vitry
Maya de Vitry is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She released her debut album, Adaptations, in January 2019. Maya de Vitry was formerly a member of folk trio the Stray Birds, which disbanded in 2018.
- 23Stella Donnelly is a Welsh-Australian musician born in Perth, Australia. She spent some... more on Wikipedia
- 24Cass McCombs (born 1977 in Concord, California) is an American musician. He has released one... more on Wikipedia
- 25Jake Bugg is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. His self-titled debut album, largely... more on Wikipedia410