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The English word “folk,” as we use it today, has Germanic roots and was at one time was defined as all of the following: “people”; “army”; “common people”; “men”; “tribe”; “multitude.” Antiquarian William J. Thoms invented the word folklore in 1986, reviving a modern sense of something that was “of the common people, whose culture is handed down orally”, and opened up a flood of related things, including folk art (1921), folk dance (1912), and folk music (1889). The nature of folk art is specific to its particular culture; varied geographical and temporal prevalence and diversity of folk art make it difficult to describe as a whole, though some patterns have been demonstrated.

The use of the keyword “folk” on REDEFINE can be used to describe:
     1. Traditional folk music (1889): Music that may be: transmitted by worth of mouth; music of the lower classes; music with unknown origins. Also known as “traditional music” or “roots music” in the United States.
     2. Contemporary folk music (1958): A evolved form of traditional folk music that reached a zenith in the 1960s. Also known as “folk revival music.”
     3. Folk art: Works of art that may be: produced from an indigenous culture or laboring tradespeople; utilitarian or decorative rather purely aesthetic; characterized by a style where “traditional” rules of proportion and perspective are not employed.

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The Haunting Rural With Justin Beckman

Washington artist Justin Beckman explores the urban/rural divide through a series of works that showcase nostalgic Americana. Justin’s installations and projections leave viewers with the feeling of having just walked into an abandoned hunting lodge, and while the first impression is one of haphazard nonchalance, a closer look reveals mindfully curated details. In his artist statement, Justin...Read...
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Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett Album Review

Damien Jurado’s new record, Saint Bartlett, is refreshingly pleasant for two reasons: the first is that is sounds like something from the past that you have known and loved. This is not to say that it is derivative necessarily, but that it draws from many sources in the best possible way. The second is that...Read...
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JT And The Clouds – Low July Live Performance Video

Chicago artists JT And The Clouds make a brand of folk and Americana-influenced indie rock that really hits sometimes. They recently released a live video of them performing “Low July”, and everything about it is fantastic — the cinematography, the sound, the expressions… it’s just a song that makes you happy. And today, in the...Read...
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Kacey Johansing – Many Seasons Album Review

Many Seasons is Bay Area singer-songwriter Kacey Johansing’s debut solo album. It takes the listener more through years than seasons, with a jazzy folk feel that sounds like something out of another classier time. It’s the kind of album that everyone can enjoy — something you could play for a mixed crowd and no one...Read...
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See Green – Violet EP Album Review

As of late, the masses seem ready to voraciously snap up all the nouveau folk pop they can get their hands on. Why? I have no idea, but I’m guessing it has something to do with our collective nostalgia for that weird period in the nineties when Nashville kept dropping country-pop crossover shit all around...Read...
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GAYNGS – Relayted Album Review

With GAYNGS’ first composition, “The Gaudy Side Of Town,” record producer Ryan Olson crafted what would later be the album opener for GAYNGS’ first release, entitled Relayted. This early track was so impressive that it reeled in collaborations from members of Megafaun, Bon Iver, The Rosebuds, and Lookbook. Relayted became almost like a songwriting challenge,...Read...
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