The Best Folk Music of 2008

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The Best Folk Music of 2008

The year 2008 was a great year for folk music. There were many great albums released and many new artists emerged. Here are my picks for the best folk music of 2008.

The Year in Folk Music

2008 was a great year for folk music. There were a lot of fantastic albums released, and a lot of great artists emerged. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the best folk music of 2008. We’ll be discussing the albums that were released, the artists that emerged, and the overall state of the genre.

Overview of the year in folk music

Folk music had a banner year in 2008, withylon & Wire declaring it “the year of the folk singer.” This was due in large part to the continued popularity of artists like John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris, as well as younger talents such as Gillian Welch, Crooked Still, and the Punch Brothers. It was also a year that saw many veteran performers releasing new material, including Jorma Kaukonen, Tim O’Brien, Kate Rusby, John McCutcheon, and Joan Baez. Newer artists such as Lena Horne and Kacey Musgraves also released excellent albums this year.

The best folk albums of 2008

2008 was an excellent year for folk music, with a wealth of great albums released by both established artists and newcomers. Here are our picks for the best folk albums of the year.

1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
2. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
3. James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning
4. Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim
5. Mount Eerie – Lost Wisdom
6. TheDITC Soundsystem – The gasy Pedal Music eLP
7. Factor – Woke Up Alone
8. why? – Alopecia
9. K’naan – Troubadour
10. She & Him – Volume One

The Best Folk Songs of 2008

It’s that time of year again where we take a look back at the past twelve months and reflect on the best that 2008 had to offer. This year was an excellent year for folk music, with many great albums and songs being released. Here are our picks for the best folk songs of 2008.

The top ten folk songs of 2008

1. “I Will” – The Beatles
2. “The Times They Are A-Changin'” – Bob Dylan
3. “Turn! Turn! Turn!” – The Byrds
4. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” – Peter, Paul & Mary
5. “The Weight” – The Band
6. “The Boxer” – Simon & Garfunkel
7. “Mr. Tambourine Man” – The Byrds
8. “I’ll Fly Away” – Alison Krauss
9. “The Wanderer” – Dion
10. “Hallelujah” – Leonard Cohen

Honorable mentions

In addition to the songs below, many other great folk songs were released in 2008. These are just a few of our favorites.

-“I Ain’t Afraid” by The Avett Brothers
-“The World Is Waiting (For All We Are Worth)” by Greg Brown
-“Simple Twist of Fate” by Bob Dylan
-“Hallelujah” by Johnathan Rice
-“That Was The Worst Day Of My Life (And I Liked It) by Joe Pug

The Future of Folk Music

In recent years, folk music has undergone a dramatic resurgence in popularity. This is in part due to the success of commercial crossover artists like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers, but it’s also due to the increased interest in Americana and roots music in general. The best folk music of 2008 represents a wide variety of styles and traditions, and it’s clear that the genre is in a very healthy place.

Where is folk music headed in the next few years?

The answer to this question is as varied as the music itself. Folk music has been around for centuries, and it has undergone many changes in that time. In the past few decades, we have seen a resurgence of interest in traditional folk music, as well as a rise in popularity of new folk styles.

It is difficult to say where folk music will go in the next few years, but one thing is certain: it will continue to evolve. As long as there are people who are willing to sing about their lives and experiences, folk music will remain a vital part of our cultural heritage.

The top folk musicians to watch in the coming years

There is a new generation of folk musicians who are making their mark on the music scene. Here are some of the top performers to watch in the coming years.

Singer-songwriter Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg) is one of the most promising new talents in the folk world. His song “Let Her Go” has become a massive hit, reaching #1 in several countries. He has a beautiful voice and a gift for writing catchy, heartfelt songs.

Another rising star is The Secret Sisters, a duo from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Their debut album was produced by T Bone Burnett and released to great acclaim. They have a beautiful harmony and a fresh take on classic country music.

The Stray Birds are another talented young band making waves in the folk world. Their debut album topped the iTunes folk chart and their song “Best Medicine” was named Song of the Year by American Songwriter magazine. They are a truly gifted group with a bright future ahead of them.

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