Folk music has grown from sultry country blues and heart tagging guitar strumming. The incorporation of other elements of music has made categorizing this genre very challenging. The current generation of folk music singers and acts has also found its unique style. Such acts work with traditional folk labels and even perform in related festivals. Purists may disagree, but this is good for a genre that was slowly dying. Now we also see younger and more unexpected crowds at festivals and concerts.
Here are some of the acts behind this movement.
His sultry baritone voice has calmly swept across the prairies, such as the calm Nor’ easter wind. Allowing the trio to pull crowds all over Calgary to their shows. The trio veered off the country and into a Montreal studio where they worked with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Bilerman. The product of this collaboration is “Miles We Put Behind,” a modern-day classic folk album worth checking out.
Hook & Nails
This group has stuck to folk music roots but added electronic guitars and other instruments. They use a deep vocal harmony to tell stories about life on the prairies of Estevan, Sk. They even have that authentic country twang, and a pop/rock feel to their music.
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
This group’s music truly defies convention and classification. They draw their inspiration from folk roots which combines a rich diversity of genres. Such sounds include bluegrass, Celtic, rock, old-timey country and different styles. They have thrilled crowds all over the world with their eclectic musical stylings.
Birds of Bellewoods
Emotive lyrics, sweet hooks and vibrant pop fusion. That’s how a folk music critic could define this Toronto-based alternative folk music group. Such stylings have earned this group various accolades in a short time. Their album is an invitation to all listeners to join them in an energy-packed adventure. To where? Only listening to their music will take you down that road.