Best Folk Rock Artists

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41BeckBeck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.V1 Comment
42Dirk Hamilton
43Richie Havens

Watch his three hour performance at Woodstock. You'll see why he is one of the greatest folk-rock artists of all time.

44John Mayer

John Mayer is legendary. His lyrics are excellent and his guitar skills are right up there with the best. Having said that, John Mayer is not folk rock.

Agreed. Mayer is probably talented enough to play any venue he chooses, but I consider him mostly pop.

He might be a great guitarist, but his lyrics are sappy and he seems to really suck as a person.

Just because some one plays an acoustic guitar doesn't make him folk.

45Carole King
46Richard ThompsonV1 Comment
47Jackson Browne

He was the guy who wrote Take it Easy with The Eagles.

One of the great folk rock performers. A mensch.

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48Iron & Wine
49Brandi Carlile

Holy Smokes all of her songs are incredible! Love her

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50Donovan

He's really underrated and not really well known. Listen to his songs they're really good melodic folk.

51Fotheringay
52Andrew Jackson Jihad
53Horslips
54Pentangle
55Bert Jansch

Utter genius. Current music would not be what it is without him. THE inspiration to every great guitarist since.

56Matthew and the Atlas
57Love

Love's classic line-up marks no downs in their short life span, their debut, "Love" is simple, raw, Garage Folk-Rock album, with a couple of mellow acoustic tunes, in the second album, "the Capo" the band advances towards a more baroque sound, adding winds and keyboards, leaving behind the simplicity of their debut, but not the quality of their melodies, then comes their master-piece, "Forever Changes", one of the best albums of all times, listen to it by yourself.
After this the band tore apart and Arthur Lee kept the name, but never reached the quality of the early years.

How are Love ranked at 55? Bizzare. So ahead of their time in the mid sixties, only Arthur Lee's stubborn refusal to tour held them back.

58Dawes
59The Head and the Heart

The head and the heart is the best folk band on the planet. Their music is beautiful while being relatable; it is instrumentally pleasing while the lyrics are perfect. The best sound ever to enter my ears.

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60Neutral Milk Hotel

Oh comely is the only 8 minute song id ever listen too, best folk rock band for sure

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