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The Best Folk Artists Of 2020

Updated November 19, 2020 1.4k votes 171 voters 12.6k views26 items

List RulesVote up the artists and bands whose new releases are defining 2020 folk music.

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Here are the best folk artists of 2020. From the most popular Americana and bluegrass groups, to the best indie folk singers and best folk bands of 2020, this list of the top folk artists of 2020 spans all subgenres of good folk music.  Many of the best folk music artists today are folk legends, like the Dixie Chicks and John Prine, but this collection also features the best new folk bands and artists of 2020. For instance, the recently-formed folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman only recently released their self-titled debut album, which already is poised to be one of the best folk albums of 2020

Who are your favorite folk artists of all time? Which modern bands will record the best indie folk albums of 2020?

Vote up the best folk artists and bands of 2020 below, and be sure to add any that you feel we may have missed.

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    Caamp is an American folk band from Columbus, Ohio, which began as a project between childhood friends Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall, who met at a summer camp in middle school. They later added bass...  more
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    Nathaniel Rateliff, formerly known as Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel is a 5-piece folk/rock/indie band from Denver, Colorado. Other members of the group include Joseph Pope III, Julie Davis, James...  more
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    John Prine (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) was an American country folk singer-songwriter. He was active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer from the early 1970s until his death in...  more

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    Todd Michael Bridges (born July 13, 1989) known professionally as Leon Bridges, is an American gospel and soul singer, songwriter and record producer from Fort Worth, Texas. He is best known for his...  more

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    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 band...  more

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    Margo Rae Price (born April 15, 1983) is an American country singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Fader has called her "country's next star." Her debut solo album Midwest Farmer's...  more

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    Rayland Baxter

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    James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of...  more

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    Rose Cousins

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    John Moreland is an American singer-songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma....  more
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    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 music...  more
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    Andy Shauf

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    Azniv Korkejian, known by her stage name Bedouine, is a Syrian-American musician. She has lived in a number of cities and countries, including Saudi Arabia, Houston, Syria, and Boston....  more
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    The Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia. Two of five current members (Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley) are originally from The Shoals region of...  more

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    Bonny Light horseman is an American folk music supergroup consisting of Tony Award-winner Anaïs Mitchell, Fruit Bats singer Eric D. Johnson, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman (best known for his...  more
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    Chris Knight (born June 24, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter from Slaughters, Kentucky. In addition to releasing solo records of his own material, Knight has had a successful career writing...  more
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    Sierra Dawn Hull (born September 27, 1991) is an American bluegrass singer-songwriter, mandolinist, and guitarist.Hull was signed to Rounder Records at the age of 13 and released her debut vocal...  more
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    Joshua Hyslop

    Joshua Hyslop is a Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter, currently signed to Nettwerk Records. Originally from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Hyslop released his debut EP, Cold Wind, on Nettwerk in...  more
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    Altın Gün is an Anatolian rock and Turkish Psychedelic Folk band from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was founded by bassist Jasper Verhulst. Their debut album, On, was released in 2018. In 2019, they...  more
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    The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks) are an American country pop group composed of singer Natalie Maines and multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer. The band...  more

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    The Lil Smokies is a bluegrass band from Missoula, MT consisting of Andy Dunnigan (dobro, vocals), Matthew Rieger (guitar, vocals), Jake Simpson (fiddle, vocals), Scott Parker (bass), and Matt...  more
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    Hamilton Leithauser

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    Charles William "Chuck" Prophet is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. A Californian, Prophet first achieved notice in the American psychedelic/desert rock group Green on Red, with...  more
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    Little Big Town is an American country music group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its founding: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi...  more
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