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The Best New Folk Artists Of 2019, Ranked

Updated January 3, 2020 211 votes 49 voters 4.3k views

List RulesVote up your favorite emerging folk artists.

While it's fun to listen to old favorites, every year introduces music fans to incredible new bands and artists. The top new folk artists today include supergroups, singer-songwriters, and everyone in between. Some of the best new folk bands of 2019 are poised for a break-out year by heading out on tour and releasing new albums.

Good new folk artists like Margo Price and Lula Wiles are expected to have a big year in 2019. Mountain Man – featuring Molly Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monning, and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) – add a modern twist to traditional folk music.

Laura Jane Grace may be best known for fronting Against Me!, but her debut release with the Devouring Mothers had a twinge of folk in its storytelling on songs like “I Hate Chicago” and “Born in Black.”

Which do you think are the hottest new folk artists right now? Vote up your favorite new 2019 folk artists, and add any up-and-coming artists we may have missed.

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    I'm with Her is an American folk-bluegrass-gospel band consisting of singer-songwriter–multi-instrumentalists Sara Watkins (violin and guitar), Sarah Jarosz (banjo, mandolin and guitar), and Aoife O'Donovan (keyboard and guitar). 

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    Harrison Storm

    Harrison Storm is a singer/songwriter from Victoria, Australia. soulful vocals and tasteful, finger-picked guitar playing have drawn comparisons to contemporaries like Ben Howard and Matt Corby.

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    Molly Tuttle (born 1993) is a vocalist, songwriter, banjo player and guitarist, recording...  more
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    The Brother Brothers

    The Brother Brothers are Adam and David Moss, identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. Using minimal instrumentation, heartfelt lyricism, and harmonies so natural they seem to blend into one beautiful voice, the siblings draw on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York for their full-length debut album, Some People I Know.

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    Jade Elizabeth Bird (born October 1, 1997) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Her...  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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    Canyon City

    Canyon City is an indie-folk, Nashville-based band from singer-songwriter Paul Johnson. Since its inception in 2015, the project has become known for its distinctive whispery vocals layered over intimate acoustics orbiting candidly emotional storytelling.

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    Tatiana Hargreaves

    Tatiana Hargreaves is an old time, bluegrass, acoustic, and folk performer, who is the second woman to place first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest. She often joins forces with clawhammer banjo innovator Allison de Groot.

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    Rainbow Girls

    Rainbow Girls are an eclectic trio comprised of Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey. The group, which was formed in Santa Barbara, California, combine heart-wrenching harmonies, emotive guitar work, and poignant lyrical content into an unusually beautiful sonic tapestry.

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    Kaia Kater (September 1993), born in Montreal, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitar, piano...  more
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    Rosie & the Riveters

    Rose & the Riveters is a folk/pop band consisting of Alexis Normand, Farideh Olsen, and Allyson Reigh. They invest 20 percent of their merchandise profits into women’s projects and businesses around the world through KIVA.org. To date, they’ve contributed more than $13k to over 300 projects around the world.

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    Lula Wiles

    Lula Wiles is a Boston-based trio made up of Isa Burke, Ellie Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin, three friends who began collaborating in college, released their self-titled debut in 2016, and have since played major folk festivals like Newport and Philadelphia.

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    J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan singer-songwriter living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, born August 1992....  more
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    Gina Brooklyn

    Gina Brooklyn is an award-winning folk/blues singer, songwriter, and producer from Akron, Ohio. In March 2019 she released her single, "Butterfly."

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    Hayley Reardon

    Hayley Reardon is a folk/pop singer from Massachusetts. She released album Where I Know You in March 2019.

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    Ordinary Elephant

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    The Lonely Heartstring Band

    The Lonely Heartstring Band is a soulful group comprised of George Clements on guitar and vocals, Patrick M'Gonigle on fiddle and vocals, Charles Clements on bass and vocals, Maddie Witler on mandolin, and Gabe Hirshfeld on banjo. 

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    Allison de Groot

    Allison de Groot is a Canadian folk musician who combines her love for old-time music, technical skill, and a creative approach to the banjo to form her own unique sound. She often collaborates with Tatiana Hargreaves.

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    Liz Cooper & The Stampede are a three-piece American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. NPR...  more
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    Mountain Man is an American singing trio of young women described as indie folk rock with a...  more
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    The Honey Dewdrops

    The Honey Dewdrops are a folk/Americana duo from Baltimore, consisting of Laura Wortman and...  more
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    Our Native Daughters

    The Americana/folk group consists of  Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell. Their album Songs of Our Native Daughters was released on the Smithsonian Folkways label in early 2019.

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    Jennah Bell

    Jennah Bell is a folk musician from Oakland, California. Her debut album Anchors & Elephants was released on February 22, 2019. 

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    Twain

    Twain is the solo project of Mt. (Mat) Davidson, a tender and evocative singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has previously worked with the likes of The Low Anthem, The Deslondes and Spirit Family Reunion. Mt. Davidson, originally from Virginia has started in the mids-2000s to write and self-record under the name Twain.

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    The Nude Party

    The Nude Party, consisting of Patton Magee, Austin Brose, Connor Mikita, Alec Castillo, Shaun Couture, and Don Merrill, creates an unmistakable mix of indie, folk, psych, and good old-fashioned rock and roll. The band actually did play without clothes during the its formative years at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.