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...In the early era of country music recording, the Carter Family became stars and, by the time of the 1960s folk revival, stood as representations of a past musical culture. In 1927, A. P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter went from Virginia...

Isabel Parra

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...Violeta Isabel Cereceda Parra is a folk guitarist and a member of the Parra family whose members have played, and continue to play, a significant part in the Chilean folk music scene. Isabel is the daughter of Violeta Parra, considered one...
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...Considered the “brightest star in qawwali,” a genre of Sufi devotional music, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan continued his family’s multi-century tradition of singing. Born in Punjab, Pakistan in 1948, Khan had his first public performance at age...
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...When the nueva canción movement became popular in Latin America, few artists combined political content and folk music forms as profoundly as Carlos Mejía Godoy. Godoy was born in 1943 in Nicaragua; his father was a popular musician...

Johnny Cash

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...Few artists embody their chosen form to the degree of Johnny Cash. Born in Arkansas in 1932, Cash began singing with his family while working in their farm’s cotton fields. In 1944, Cash’s brother died in a table saw accident and,...
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...Despite a late start to his musical career, Leonard Cohen quickly rose to become situated as one of the most literary songwriters of the late twentieth century. Born in Montreal, Canada in 1934, Cohen was raised in the Orthodox Jewish...

John Denver

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...As a prominent member of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, John Denver’s songwriting brought a unique voice to the genre. Denver was born in New Mexico in 1943; his father was in the US Air Force and thus the family moved often. He...
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...The writer, musician, and advocate for Quebecois independence, Felix Leclerc, provided a young voice to the province at a time of social upheaval across the globe. Born in Quebec in 1914, Leclerc attended the University of Ottawa but had...
...Also known as “La Sole,” Soledad Pastorutti is an Argentinean folk singer who is responsible for the revival of Argentinean folk music in the twenty-first century. She is also a film and TV actress and sister of singer Natalia Pastorutti...
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...In Rolling Stone magazine, Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré is listed as number seventy-six on “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Similarly, he ranks number thirty-seven on Spin magazine's “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Known...