At this point, what does the term "folk music" really mean? At Folk Alley, it's simple: Folk music means great music. We play Celtic tunes, bluegrass, old-time traditional folk and the most contemporary singer-songwriters and bands around, plus everything in between — in other words, music that sits pretty comfortably under the "folk music" label. Sure, you'll hear Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Woody Guthrie, but you'll also find songs that push the boundaries of that label — new music that takes folk in exciting new directions.
Take a look at some of our favorite recordings of 2011, and hear some of the exciting new paths folk music is exploring.