Folk music

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, file photo, Rhiannon Giddens performs during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston. The Grammy-winning musician is Silkroad's new artistic director, taking the baton from renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who founded the group two decades ago, Silkroad said on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The North Carolina native is the first woman and first multiracial artist to lead the Boston-based organization. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
July 28, 2020 - 9:05 am
Silkroad, the acclaimed international musical collective with a social conscience, has a new face — and a fresh sense of purpose. Grammy-winning folk singer and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens is Silkroad's new artistic director, taking the baton from renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who founded the...
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This combination of photos shows country singer Rissi Palmer, from left, Chuck Harmony, left, and Claude Kelly of Louis York and country rapper Breland. Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. The genre has historically been marketed to white audiences and reinforced white male artist stereotypes. (Chris Charles via AP, left, Jeremy Ryan via AP, center and Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)
June 26, 2020 - 6:28 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song like Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” a song that would introduce her and tell her story to fans. On her 2007 debut single, “Country Girl,” she celebrated her country roots while explaining...
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Brandi Carlile performs at the To Nashville, With Love Benefit Concert at Marathon Music Works on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
June 15, 2020 - 11:00 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer songwriter Brandi Carlile has had a productive year and that's led her to be the leading nominee at the Americana Honors and Awards for her roles as a solo artist, a member of the group The Highwomen, as a producer and as a songwriter. In the nominations announced...
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May 07, 2020 - 9:48 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A second member of a left-wing popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey has died of a hunger strike in protest of the government’s crackdown on the band, the group said Thursday on its Twitter account. Grup Yorum said bass guitarist Ibrahim Gokcek, 41, died in a...
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FILE - In this May 19, 2004 file photo, the German band "Kraftwerk" perform in Berne, Switzerland, with Florian Schneider-Esleben at right. Florian Schneider-Esleben, a co-founder of German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, has died, record label Sony said Wednesday May 6, 2020. He was 73. (Juerg Mueller/Keystone via AP, File)
May 06, 2020 - 5:39 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Florian Schneider-Esleben, who helped pioneer electronic music as the co-founder of Kraftwerk and influenced genres ranging from disco to synth pop, has died at age 73. Citing fellow group founder Ralf Huetter, Sony announced that Schneider-Esleben had been suffering from cancer,...
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FILE - This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Prine died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
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April 08, 2020 - 1:21 pm
John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73. Prine died of complications from the coronavirus at...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2017 file photo, John Prine poses in his office in Nashville, Tenn. Prine died Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
April 08, 2020 - 11:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine like nothing. His songs -- compassionate, funny, sage -- make up an American songbook that would be staggeringly intimidating if it wasn’t so warm and welcoming. He began -- with...
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Mourners gather around the open coffin of Helin Bolek, a member of a popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey, during the funeral procession in Istanbul, Friday, April 3, 2020. Bolek died at home Friday on the 288th day of a hunger strike protesting the government's treatment of the band, in an effort to force the government to reverse its treatment of the band and its members. She was 28. Grup Yorum, known for its protest songs, is a folk collective with rotating band members, the government accuses the group of links to the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP/C. (Ibrahim Mase/DHA via AP)
April 03, 2020 - 12:44 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A member of a popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey died on the 288th day of a hunger strike she and a colleague started while imprisoned to protest the government's treatment of their band, according to a post on the group's Twitter account. Grup Yorum said singer...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017 file photo, Kenny Rogers poses with his star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV died Friday night, March 20, 2020. He was 81. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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March 21, 2020 - 11:50 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on records and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81. He died at home in Sandy...
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January 28, 2020 - 9:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of the popular folk group the Kingston Trio and the lead singer on its million-selling ballad “Tom Dooley” and many other hits, has died. Shane died Sunday at a hospice in Phoenix, Arizona at age 85. Mike Marvin, a cousin and surrogate...
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