Latest Folk music News

Grammys add new categories, including songwriter of the year

Jun. 09, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammys are adding a special song for social change award and five new categories including songwriter of the year, giving the Recording Academy an avenue to honor music’s best composer. The academy announced Thursday that the new non-classical songwriter...

Popular Punjabi rapper Sidhu Moose Wala shot dead at 28

May. 30, 2022 06:00 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police are investigating the killing of a popular Punjabi rapper, who blended hip-hop, rap and folk music, a day after he was fatally shot, officials said Monday. Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also known around the world by his stage name Sidhu Moose Wala, was...

Brandi Carlile, Yola, Allison Russell lead Americana noms

May. 16, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brandi Carlile, Allison Russell and Yola are the leading nominees for the 2022 Americana Honors and Awards, with each one up for album of the year, artist of the year and song of the year. The nominees were announced Monday in Nashville, Tennessee, at the...

Ukraine band favored in Eurovision Song Contest final

May. 13, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra and its members' folk-hip hop anthem to their war-torn nation is the oddsmaker's favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest, an event intended to celebrate diversity and promote friendship among nations. Twenty-five bands are set to...

A song with power: Ukraine's Eurovision entry unites nation

May. 06, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra’s upbeat, melodic entry for this month’s Eurovision Song Contest was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it has become an anthem to the war-ravaged motherland. ...

Review: French Quarter busker charts new course in Americana

Apr. 27, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

“A Walk Around the Sun," Erika Lewis (Independent) There's a sense of urgency in the lyrics of “A Walk Around the Sun," a hidden gem of a country-Americana project by a singer-songwriter known previously as the singer in a brassy French Quarter busker band called Tuba Skinny. ...

Play about Upper Big Branch disaster to be performed in WVa

Apr. 26, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A play based on the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mining disaster that killed 29 miners will be performed in southern West Virginia next month. “Coal Country” recently ended an off-Broadway run in New York City. The play's dialogue is taken directly from...

Review: Heifetz debut blends immigrant experience, Americana

Mar. 30, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

“First Generation American,” Elliah Heifetz (Self-released) Singer-songwriter Elliah Heifetz’s debut album is a cheerful reminder Americana has roots in many countries. Heifetz was raised on food stamps in Philadelphia as the son of Soviet political refugees, and...