The Best Folk Music of 2019

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It’s been a great year for folk music! Here are some of the best tracks of 2019.

The Best Folk Albums of 2019

The past year has been a great one for folk music, with a wide variety of excellent albums being released in the genre. Here are our picks for the best folk albums of 2019.

“The Ghost of Paul Revere” by The Ghost of Paul Revere
This album is a phenomenal work of Americana, blending traditional folk with elements of bluegrass, country, and rock. The result is an album that is both immediately accessible and deeply rewarding on repeated listens. The Ghost of Paul Revere are a truly unique band, and this album is an essential listen for any fan of folk music.

“Si tu dois partir” by Farewell Drifters
This beautiful album from French-Canadian duo Farewell Drifters is a perfect example of the power of simplicity in folk music. With just two acoustic guitars and two voices, the Drifters create a sound that is both intimate and expansive, with songs that deal with love, loss, and hope in a way that feels universal.

“All Ashore” by Punch Brothers
The fifth album from this incredible Americana quintet, “All Ashore” find the Punch Brothers at the top of their game. The songwriting on this album is some of the best the band has ever done, and the musicianship is simply outstanding. If you’re looking for an album that showcases the best of what folk music can be in 2019, this is it.

The Best Folk Songs of 2019

The best folk songs of 2019 offer a window into the world beyond our personal experience, reflecting the joys and sorrows of communities near and far. These are the songs that helped us make sense of the year, that provided comfort in difficult times, and that celebrated the moments when life was good.

From an anthemic ballad about climate change to a heart-wrenching tribute to a lost loved one, these are the folk songs that moved us in 2019.

The Best Folk Artists of 2019

2019 was a great year for folk music, with many different artists releasing new albums and singles. Here are some of the best folk artists of 2019.

The Lumineers are an American folk rock band from Denver, Colorado. The band’s debut album, The Lumineers, was released in April 2012 and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band’s second album, Cleopatra, was released in April 2016 and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, England. The band’s debut album, Sigh No More, was released in October 2009 and peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. The band’s second album, Babel, was released in September 2012 and peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. The band has won multiple awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year in 2013.

The Avett Brothers are an American folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band’s ninth studio album, Closer Than Together, was released in October 2019. The Avett Brothers have won multiple awards, including two Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album (in 2013 and 2020).

The Head and the Heart are an American indie folk band from Seattle, Washington. The band’s third studio album, Signs of Light, was released in September 2016 and peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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