Nothing sounds sweeter to the ears than songs native to one's roots and home — songs that are free from the frills and fancies of modern day music, songs that throb with the spirit of one's country. Over the years, we have seen and heard folk whiz like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie and countless others belt out some pretty iconic, chest-thumping, no-nonsense music on things that matters most to the Americans — war, work, civil rights, hardship, satire and love. Folk singers, both old and new, have been source of great pride for America. Over the years, folk music has undergone a sea of changes in terms of music and lyrics. Unlike the folk singers in the past who rendered oral histories musically, today's Gen-X folk singers are way more relaxed and stirring in their tunes and lyrics. Melding folk tunes with contemporary music and lacing it with some hard-hitting, nostalgic, or dreamy lyrics, American folk music has found a new identity with the current crop of folk singers. Join us as we trail down the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on the lives of some famous American folk singers to have ever walked on the American soil. These biographies will leave you with a newfound love for folk songs.
Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt

15 July 1946

Kris KritoffersonKris Kristofferson

22 June 1936

Wilmer ValderramaWilmer Valderrama

30 January 1980

Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman

30 March 1964

Joanna NewsomJoanna Newsom

18 January 1982

Cass ElliotCass Elliot

19 September 1941

Woody GuthrieWoody Guthrie

14 July 1912

Townes Van ZandtTownes Van Zandt

07 March 1944

Avi KaplanAvi Kaplan

17 April 1989

Pernell RobertsPernell Roberts

18 May 1928

Arlo GuthrieArlo Guthrie

10 July 1947

Pete SeegerPete Seeger

03 May 1919

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Aimee MannAimee Mann

08 September 1960

Christina Perri Christina Perri

19 August 1986


08 September 1979

Harry ChapinHarry Chapin

07 December 1942

Janis IanJanis Ian

07 April 1951

Alan LomaxAlan Lomax

31 January 1915

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Deborah RyanDeborah Ryan

13 May 1993

Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte

01 March 1927

Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford

31 January 1987

Judy CollinsJudy Collins

01 May 1939

Paul StookeyPaul Stookey

30 December 1937

Jackson C. FrankJackson C. Frank

02 March 1943

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Judee SillJudee Sill

07 October 1944

Tim HardinTim Hardin

23 December 1941

Lori McKennaLori McKenna

22 December 1968

Jill GibsonJill Gibson

18 June 1942

Tom PaxtonTom Paxton

31 October 1937

Kate WolfKate Wolf

27 January 1942

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Mason WilliamsMason Williams

24 August 1938

Peggy SeegerPeggy Seeger

17 June 1935

Dar WilliamsDar Williams

19 April 1967

Utah PhillipsUtah Phillips

15 May 1935

Laura VeirsLaura Veirs

24 October 1973

Dean FriedmanDean Friedman

23 May 1955

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Tommy MakemTommy Makem

04 November 1932

Bob ShaneBob Shane

01 February 1934

Dave GuardDave Guard

19 October 1934

Jean RitchieJean Ritchie

08 December 1922

Sam AmidonSam Amidon

03 June 1981

John StewartJohn Stewart

05 September 1939

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Jeffrey FoucaultJeffrey Foucault
John FaheyJohn Fahey

28 February 1939

Anais MitchellAnais Mitchell

26 March 1981

Greg BrownGreg Brown

02 July 1949