Best American folk groups

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On this occasion, TopFestivals presents you with the best american folk bands. Maybe you already know many of these bands, if not, you will have the opportunity to go to one of their concerts in Spain or the United States.

Top 10 American folk bands you should listen to

Because there are so many bands of this kind, today we have decided to create for you a list with the 10 best American folk bands that have broken the schemes of music at an international level. This is our selection:


  • The Band

  • Bon Iver

  • The Decemberists

  • Fleet Foxes

  • Blackmore's Night

  • The Weavers

  • Monsters of Folk

  • The Lumineers

  • Bright Eyes

  • America

The Band


Among the best American folk groups could not miss The Banda. Although no longer active, this band is one of the best American folk bands. pioneers of folk and country music in North America.. For that reason, we say to include it in this list.


In addition, it is worth mentioning that this band was one of the ones that accompanied the folk giant, Bob Dylanin several concerts and recordings.


Bon Iver


Bon Iver is an American American indie folk that since 2006 has been topping the charts on streaming platforms alongside other American folk bands.

In 2021 it was part of "The 200 most influential artists of the last 25 years."according to the criteria of the prestigious American online magazine Pitchfork Media.

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The Decemberists


Within the rock and indie folk scene, the group "The Decemberists" stands out. Their lyrics deal with fiction and historical eventsbut they always follow a narrative line, in addition, the music has a touch of baroque pop, being quite original.

The last studio album of the group was "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World" and it was released by the record label Capitol RecordsCapitol Records, which also works with Katy Perry, Eagles, Sir Paul McCartney, among others.

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Fleet Foxes


If you like folk, maybe you should listen to the group Fleet Foxes, as it has many elements of classic folk music..

This band from Folk was founded in 2006 and has 4 studio albums, the last one being "Shore" (2020). Also, some of their singles were "White Winter Hymnal" and "Mykonos". "Mykonos"which were very popular in the UK.

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Blackmore's Night


The American singer Candice Night and British guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed Blackmore's Night, a band that is still active and offers excellent folk rock shows .

Ritchie was the guitarist for Deep Purple and leader of Rainbowso her experience is not just any old thing. Also, you should know that Candice Night helped on Rainbow's last recordings.

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The Weavers


Without a doubt, The Weavers is one of the pioneering pioneer groups of American folk musicsince it started in the late 40's and inspired later folk groups (1950-1960). Sadly, the band is no longer active.

Similarly, The Weavers played folk music from all over the world and mixed it all with a bit of blues and gospel, genres that were quite popular at the time. Bob Dylan was one of the folk singers who followed in his footsteps. who followed in his footsteps.


Monsters of Folk


This American folk group was founded in 2004 and recorded their first album, "Monster of Folk", in 2009, which reached excellent positions in the Billboard charts. Likewise, their 2009 singles "Say Please" from 2009 and "Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)" from 2010 were very popular.

Monsters of Folk mixes very well the indie rock with traditional folk, so you can enjoy an unprecedented and striking sound at their concerts.

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The Lumineers


The Lumineers is one of the best American folk bands formed by Jeremiah Fraites (drummer) and Wesley Schultz (guitarist) in 2005. They released in 2012 their eponymous debut album, which reached the number 8 position on the Billboard 200 chart..

Also, we mention that some of their singles have been part of soundtracks for movies and series such as: The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and Reign, among others.

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Bright Eyes


At Nebraska, United States started the great American folk group Bright Eyes, which mixes indie rock with folk in a different way than other bands of the genre.

Even though they belong to an independent record label, their singles "Lua" and "Take it easy (Love nothing)" reached the top two spots on the Billboard chart. This was achieved just two weeks after being released in 2004.

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America


The number 1 position is occupied by America, one of the best American folk groups that had its beginnings in 1970 in London. This is a band with a great trajectory and 7 of the albums they released were produced by George MartinGeorge Martin, the the renowned and talented producer of the famous band The Beatles.

We also mentioned that America is an Anglo-American folk rock band since Gerry Beckley is from England and Dewey Bunnell is from the United States, so it has influences from both cultures.

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Finally, we inform you that most of these American folk bands are still active. In fact, some of them have been playing concerts or touring worldwide for more than 20 years. Have you been to any of these groups' performances? If you haven't, we hope you'll buy tickets and go to meet live folk bands.

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