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The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked  

Coley Reed
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List Rules Only artists who released music in 2019.

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.

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Jason Isbell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Michael Jason Isbell (; born February 1, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Green Hill, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. He is known for his solo career, his work with the ...more
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Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Christopher Alvin Stapleton (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, ...more
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. ...more
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Mandolin Orange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Mandolin Orange
Mandolin Orange is an Americana/folk duo based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group was formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and consists of the group's songwriter Andrew ...more
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Rhiannon Giddens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Rhiannon Giddens (born February 21, 1977) is an American musician. She is a founding member of the country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops, where she is the lead singer, ...more
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Yola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Yolanda Quartey (born in 1984), known as Yola, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter from Bristol, England. She has also gone by the name Yola Carter. Her family was poor and banned ...more
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The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and songwriters of the Lumineers are Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites. Josh Fraites, the brother of ...more
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I'm With Her is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
I'm with Her is an American band consisting of singer-songwriter–multi-instrumentalists Sara Watkins (violin and guitar), Sarah Jarosz (banjo, mandolin and guitar), and Aoife O'Donovan (keyboard ...more
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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Joshua Michael Tillman (born May 3, 1981), also known as Father John Misty and previously J. Tillman, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and record producer.
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Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Andrew Wegman Bird (born July 11, 1973) is an American indie rock multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Since 1996, he has released 15 studio albums, as well as several live albums and ...more
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Valerie June is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Valerie June Hockett, known as Valerie June, is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Her sound encompasses a mixture of folk, blues, ...more
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J.S. Ondara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan singer-songwriter living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, born August 1992. He released his debut album "Tales of America" in 2019.
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Better Oblivion Community Cent... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Better Oblivion Community Center is an American indie rock duo composed of musicians Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers. The duo released their eponymous debut album on January 24, 2019, through ...more
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David Gray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
David Gray (born 13 June 1968) is a British singer-songwriter. Gray released his first album in 1993 and received worldwide attention after the release of White Ladder six years later. It was ...more
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Damien Jurado is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Damien Jurado is an American singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington, United States. Over the years, he has released albums on Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian and currently on Mama Bird Recording ...more
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The Mountain Goats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats are an American indie folk rock band formed in Claremont, California by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. The band is currently based in Durham, North Carolina. For many ...more
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Hozier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier, is an Irish musician and singer-songwriter from Bray, County Wicklow. In 2013, he released his debut EP, featuring the hit single "Take Me to ...more
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Cass McCombs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Cass McCombs (born 1977 in Concord, California) is an American musician. He has released one EP and 9 albums since 2002.
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Lucy Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Lucy Rose Parton, known as Lucy Rose, is an English singer-songwriter from Warwickshire, England. Her debut album, Like I Used To was released in September 2012.
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Steve Gunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Steve Gunn is an American, Brooklyn-based, singer-songwriter. Gunn was formerly a guitarist in Kurt Vile's backing band, The Violators. Gunn has stated that his musical influences include ...more
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Jake Bugg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Jake Bugg is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. His self-titled debut album, largely co-written with songwriter Iain Archer, was released in October 2012 and reached number one on the ...more
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Beirut is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native Zach Condon. Beirut's music combines elements of indie-rock and world music. The band's first ...more
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Stella Donnelly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Stella Donnelly is a Welsh-Australian musician born in Perth, Australia. She spent some childhood years living in Morriston, Wales before moving back to Perth, Australia with her family.
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Michael Chapman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Michael Chapman may refer to: Mike Chapman (born 1947), Australian record producer and songwriter Michael Chapman (bassoonist) (1934–2005), British classical bassoonist and reed-maker Michael ...more
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Kishi Bashi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked
K. Ishibashi was a member of the musical group Of Montreal.