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The Best Folk Artists Of 2020

Updated November 19, 2020 1.2k votes 153 voters 10.5k views26 items

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

Update: Follow Ranker's official New Folk 2020 playlist on Spotify!

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...  more
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    Nathaniel Rateliff, formerly known as Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel is a 5-piece...  more
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    Todd Michael Bridges (born July 13, 1989) known professionally as Leon Bridges, is an American...  more

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    John Prine (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) was an American country folk singer-songwriter....  more

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    Michael Jason Isbell (; born February 1, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist...  more

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    Margo Rae Price (born April 15, 1983) is an American country singer-songwriter based in...  more

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    Rayland Baxter

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    Rose Cousins

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    Yolanda Quartey (born in 1984), known as Yola, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter...  more
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    John Moreland is an American singer-songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma....  more
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    Azniv Korkejian, known by her stage name Bedouine, is a Syrian-American musician. She has...  more
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    Andy Shauf

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    Bonny Light horseman is an American folk music supergroup consisting of Tony Award-winner...  more
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    Joshua Hyslop

    Joshua Hyslop is a Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter, currently signed to Nettwerk Records....  more
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    Chris Knight (born June 24, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter from Slaughters, Kentucky....  more
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    Sierra Dawn Hull (born September 27, 1991) is an American bluegrass singer-songwriter,...  more
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    The Lil Smokies is a bluegrass band from Missoula, MT consisting of Andy Dunnigan (dobro,...  more
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    Hamilton Leithauser

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    Charles William "Chuck" Prophet is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. A...  more
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