Long after the one-two punch of Dylan and the Beatles rendered traditional material unhip, folk’s influence continued to assert itself on the airwaves, as folk-schooled artists transported the songs and sounds of the coffeehouse into a new era of musical electricity.
This collection serves as your window to a time when folk music was as much (or more) of a fixture on the pop charts as rock ’n’ roll.
These tracks were all once major hits or became standards in their own right or both and every one is by the original artist.
Some have been forgotten, some were reviled by purists at the time of their release and some can still be heard on oldies stations (or around campfires) to this day. But taken together, they reveal the glorious elasticity of the folk idiom, while refuting the notion that all great folk music must necessarily be politically oriented. If these tracks don’t put a smile on your face, you must have been suckled by a lemon.
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