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RockBoar.com Picture     The roots of folk rock can be detected in a few pre-1965 recordings by the Seachers and Jackie DeShannon (who helped introduce the ringing, circular 12-string guitar riffs yhat become one of the music’s major trademarks), as well as the Beau Brummels, the Animals superb bluesy inerpretation of traditional folk standard „The House of the Rising Sun”, and Beatles’ own “I’m a Looser”. It took, the Byrds however, to really kick the movement into gear with their electric version of Dylan’sMr. Tambourine Man”, which topped the charts in mid-1965.[1]

    The “rock” in folk rock was always more prominent than the “folk”; all of the above acts had a highly commercial sense of melody, grafting, guitar patterns and somewhat more personal, topical lyrical concerns from folk music into their own superb pop/rock creations. Performers approaching the hybrid from the folk side were less frequent and less commercially successful, but singer/songwriters like Fred, Neil, Phil Ochs, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Richard & Mimi Farina, and others proved willing and able to electrify their sound with positive commercial and artistic results.[1]

 While folk rock’s commercial heyday was in1965 and 1966, in truth it has been a strong presence in rock ever since, fading only a marketing term for a sound that was initially perceived by the industry as a fad, not a permanent addition to the rock & roll lexicon. In 1967, L.A. bands Buffalo Springfield and Love would release classic recordings that drew upon folk rock as their core, adding elements of eclecticism and psychedelia.  In late ‘60s, British groups like Fairport Convention and Pentangle achieved perhaps the purest folk rock blend, with nearly equal balances, between the electric and the acoustic, and between modern compositions and traditional numbers.[1]

- Richie Unterberger


1. "All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive guide to Rock, Pop, and soul". Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas. 3rd Edition. Publisher: Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-653-X. p. 1334

Folk Rock bands95 bands in database


Folk Rock artists: 705 artists in database

A. Michael MartinezAchim Reichel
Al AcostaAl Nichol
Al ReadAlan Brackett
Alan BrownAlan Cave
Alan CoulterAlan Pasqua
Alex BairdAlex Ligertwood
Alphonso JohnsonAlun Davies
André DumontAndre Gonzales
Andre SantosAndrei Ivanovic
Andrew "Frizby" Thursby-PelhamAndrew Cronshaw
Andrew McMahonAndrew Steele
Andrew Szuch Jr.Andrzej Tylec
Andy DavisAndy Gee
Andy IrvineAndy Sneddon
Andy VargasAonghus McAnally
Armando PerazaAshley Hutchings
Aurero De SouzaAynsley Dunbar
Barbara RobisonBarbara Wainwright
Bard DupontBarry Clarke
Barry DransfieldBarry Flast
Beeb BirtlesBenny Rietveld
Benny TrieberBernadett Wälle
Bernard O'NeillBernie Holland
Berry SarluisBeto Corréa
Bias BoshellBill Hallmark
Bill MasudaBill Nelson
Bill OrtizBill Pillmore
Bill ReynoldsBill Richardson
Bill TahanaBill Wolff
Billy "Sparkle" BentBilly Johnson
Billy KinsleyBilly Peek
Blacky ZumsteinBlanca Duindam
Bob CardwellBob Foster
Bob HarmelinkBob Harvey
Bob LambBob Livingston
Bob MorrisBob Wilson
Bobby FalloonBobby Simms
Bobby VegaBogdan Lewandowski
Bonnie BramlettBoz Scaggs
Brent TitcombBrian Calvert
Brian CresswellBrian Gulland
Brian WilsonBruce Cockburn
Bruce PalmerBruno Merz
Bryan AppleyardBud Beadle
Buddy MilesButch Trucks
Byron MillerCésar das Mercês
Caleb QuayeCam Lynch
Carl Åge IsaksenCarl Lockhart
Carlos SantanaCarmine Appice
Carole PaquinCass Elliot
Cassell WebbCat Stevens
Cathy RichardsonCelia Humphris
Charles LamontCharles Stepney
Charlie TumahaiChas Jankel
Chester C. ThompsonChester D. Thompson
Chico HuffChip Douglas
Chris Carrodus CoombsChris Ethridge
Chris FindleyChris Hermann
Chris HolzhausChris Hunt
Chris MercerChris Neill
Chris RhyneChris Smith
Chris SolbergChris Wilson
Christine EbbrellChuck Portz
Claude DuchesneauClayborne Butler Cotton
Clem ClempsonClive Shepherd
Colin CampbellColin DeLuca
Colleen PetersonComrie Smith
Conrad ArchulettaCraig Chaquico
Curtis SalgadoDale "Buffin" Griffin
Dan Ar BrazDan Toler
Daniel BaederDanny Galindo
Danny MansolinoDanny Thompson
Darby GouldDarby Slick
Dariusz KozakiewiczDarrell Cotton
Dave ArbusDave Bland
Dave ChambersDave Dufort
Dave GloverDave Lawson
Dave LuttonDave Mattacks
Dave MillenDave Oberlé
Dave RiordanDave Sheen
Dave SmithDave Wilkinson
Dave WintourDavid "Frankie" Toler
David BrownDavid Brown
David CostaDavid Crosby
David FreibergDavid Goldflies
David JackDavid John
David K. MathewsDavid Margen
David MinerDavid Palmer
David SanciousDavid Stolz
David WiffenDavid Zettner
Dean FordDelaney Bramlett
Delisle HarperDennis Chambers
Dennis GeaneyDennis Pendrith
Denny DohertyDerek Pellicci
Dewey MartinDiana Mangano
Dick  HawkesDickey Betts
Dimitris KatakouzinosDolly Collins
Don MurrayDon Partridge
Don WellerDoni Sharbono
Donna WarnerDonny Baldwin
DotDoug Clifford
Doug HastingsDoug Rauch
Dougie MeakinDyl Katz
Ed CassidyEd Deane
Edu AraujoEiichi Ohtaki
Emil WursterErb Swanigan
Ernie WilliamsFernando Fernandes
Fioretta WälleFlávio Venturini
Flavio PimentaFlemming Bjergby Hansen
Florian LaberFrançois Garzoni
François KirouacFrancis Baines
Francisco AguabellaFrank Diez
Frank NewbouldFrank St. Peter
Frankie LombardiFranklin Paolillo
Fred ChristmannFred Geiger
Fred KellyFreddie Ravel
Freddy MangiliFriday Brown
Fritz TrippelGünther Sohr
Garth Watt-RoyGary Cambra
Gary CharmanGary Creighton
Gary GraingerGary Marker
Gary TaylorGay Woods
Gaylord BirchGene Parsons
Geoff BrittonGeoff Nicholson
George CassidyGeorge Clark
George RainsGerald Hartwig
Geraldo VieiraGerry Conway
Gerry RaffertyGib Guilbeau
Gilles BergeronGlenn Cornick
Gordon GiltrapGrace Slick
Graeham GobleGraeme Taylor
Graham ConlanGraham Lear
Graham MaitlandGraham Nash
Greg LikensGreg Walker
Gregg RolieGus Dudgeon
Gus RodriguezHans
Hans HartmannHaruomi Hosono
Harvey JamesHeinrich Stricker
Heinz "Enzo" ErnstHeinz Habermann
Hilton ValentineHoracio "El Negro" Hernandez
Howard KaylanHuw Warren
Ian CampellIan Hoyle
Ian HunterIan Lynn
Ian McDonaldIan Towers
Ian WhitemanInga Rumpf
Ingo BischofIrene van Lier
Irma RoutenJørgen Thomsen
Jürg StockerJózef Hajdasz
Józef SkrzekJack Brand
Jack CasadyJacques Mercure
James "Mingo" LewisJames Day
James LangstonJames Warren
Jan DuindamJannie Høegh
Janusz ZielińskiJay Davis
Jay RathboneJean Gurney
Jean PichéJeff Allen
Jeff CressmanJeff Daw
Jerry BurnhamJerry Peloquin
Jerry SlickJerzy Goleniewski
Jesse Lee KincaidJim "Crun" Walter
Jim ChernissJim Cregan
Jim DonlingerJim Fielder
Jim LevertonJim Messina
Jim NyeholtJim Pons
Jim RocheJim Sutherland
Jim TuckerJim Voight
Jim VoigtJimmy Campbell
Joe EganJoe Jammer
Joe O'DonnellJoel Badie
Joel LarsonJoel Scott Hill
Joey AlbrechtJoey Covington
Joey MollandJohn "Bass" Walton
John "Toad" AndrewsJohn Barbata
John FiddlerJohn Fogerty
John HolbrookJohn Jarvis
John KirkpatrickJohn Kongos
John MerrillJohn Miller
John MowerJohn O'Brien Dokker
John PhillipsJohn Seiter
Johnny MoynihanJomac Suazo
Jon BlakeJon Stocklin
Jonathan DavieJonathan Kelly
Jorge AmidenJorma Kaukonen
José "Chepito" AreasJosé "Pepe" Jimenez
Joyce DunnJude Gold
Judy DybleJudy Hauff
Jules BroussardJune Tabor
Karl HimmelKarl Perazzo
Kathy KingKeith Gеmmel
Keith JonesKeith Lawless
Keith RelfKen Firth
Ken GudmanKen Koblun
Ken TibbetsKen Venegas
Kenny PineKerryn Tolhurst
Kevin GodleyKevin Kelley
Kevin SavigarKim Haworth
Konstatin BommariusKostas Skokos
Kris JensenKrystian Wilczek
Krzysztof DłutowskiKurt "Düde" Dürst
Lakis VlavianosLal Waterson
Lance FentLarry Byrom
Larry MarksLee Keifer
Leeja HerreraLeigh Dolphin
Leon "Ndugu" ChanclerLeon Patillo
Leon ThomasLes Davidson
Linda ThompsonLiza Gonzales
Lol CoxhillLol Creme
Lonnie Joseph CastilleLorenz Westphal
Lorraine DechterLucas Sideras
Luis CabazaLuiz de Boni
Luiz MorenoLuiz Paulo Simas
Luther GrosvenorLuther Rabb
Lyn OakeyMaddy Prior
Malcolm BennettMalcolm Duncan
Malcolm PoolMandi Trapletti
Manuela Freifrau Von PerfallMarc Lebel
Marcelo NovaMarcus Malone
Marek SurzynMark Emerson
Mark GreenbergMark Naftalin
Mark VolmanMarkus Krug
Martin CarthyMartin Fierro
Martin FisherMartin Snell
Marty BalinMary Macmaster
Matt ZeinerMax Robert
Michał MuzolfMichael Carabello
Michael CarlosMichael Giles
Michael NeyMichael Power
Michael ShrieveMichael Wainwright
Michael WorkmanMichel Martel
Michelle PhillipsMick Bolton
Mick BurgoyneMick Hincks
Mick RalphsMick Ronson
Mickey ThomasMieke Brakman
Mike "Mutter" SlaterMike Brooks
Mike ClarkMike Evans
Mike LevonMike Moran
Mike PriceMike Rosa
Mike RosenMike Scott
Mike SnowMike Stoffner
Mike WatersonMinnie Riperton
Mira KubasińskaMitch Aliotta
Morgan FisherMurray Wilkins
Myron DoveNeal Schon
Neil YoungNels Gustafson
Nic JonesNick Alexander
Nick SouthNigel Eaton
Nigel PhilipsNils Tuxen
Nol DuindamNorbert Lehmann
Okko BekkerOran Coltrane
Orestes VilatóOtto Bumbacher
Otto RichardPablo Telez
Paoli MejíasPapa John Creach
Pat CollinsPat Donaldson
Pat NashPat Taylor
Patsy SeddonPaul James
Paul KantnerPaul Karas
Paul PilnickPaul Wheatbread
Pete "Overend" WattsPete Escovedo
Pete FilleulPete Kirtley
Pete KowalkePete McQueen
Pete SearsPeter Cowap
Peter FurrerPeter Giles
Peter HerbolzheimerPeter Hope-Evans
Peter KaukonenPeter Martin
Peter RietmannPeter Steffen
Peter van der GelderPeter van Hooke
Peter WolfPhil Upchurch
Philip ChenPhilip Nestor
Powell St. JohnPrairie Prince
R. C. GarissRab Noakes
Rainer VogeleiRalph Shuckett
Raul RekowRay Cooper
Ray FlackeRay Greene
ReinhardReinhard Bopp
René DepereRichard Baker
Richard HarveyRichard Kermode
Richard LockwoodRichard Patterson
Richard StubbingsRichard Thompson
Richie FurayRick Jones
Rick KempRick Sharpe
Ricky WellmanRico Reyes
Ringo FunkRobert Arthur
Robert FrippRobert Galindo
Robert KirbyRobert Taylor
Roberto CarlottoRobin LeMesurier
Rod BowkettRod Coombes
Rod DemickRod Harper
Rod StewartRodney Holmes
Roger BallRoger Brown
Roger PopeRoger Powell
Roger SuttonRoger Swallow
Rolf AntenerRoman Wojciechowski
Ron CainesRonald Stallings
Roy MichaelsRoy Morgan
Royston WoodRudy Romero
Ruriá DupratRuss Johnson
Russell TubbsRy Cooder
Sérgio CaffaSérgio Hinds
Sérgio MagrãoSam Allen
Sandy CrawleySandy Denny
Sanne BrüelScott Boyer
Sepp PlecherShalimar Samuelson
Shayna StewartShigeru Suzuki
Shirley CollinsSidney Barnes
Signe Toly AndersonSimon Nicol
Skip SpenceSlick Aguilar
Snowy WhiteSortiris Arnis
Spencer ConwaySpencer Dryden
Stan GormanStefan Duindam
Stephen StillsSterling Crew
Steve AndersenSteve Ashley
Steve EllisSteve Gregory
Steve MigdenSteve Perron
Steve SchusterSteve Simpson
Steve YorkStu Cook
Stuart RossisterSue Draheim
Sue HarrisSusan Graubard Archuletta
T LavitzTadeusz Nalepa
Tadeusz TrzcińskiTaj Mahal
Takashi MatsumotoTassos Papastamatis
Ted HepworthTerry Brace
Terry WilsonTerry Woods
Thom ArgauerTim Gorman
Tim RenwickTim Robinson
Tom BeeTom Broome
Tom CosterTom Donlinger
Tom FogertyTom Fraser
Tom HobsonTom Lilly
Tom RutleyTommie Bradford
Tommy AnthonyTommy Eyre
Tommy GoldschmidtTommy Talton
Tommy WynnToni Vescoli
Tony BrockTony Cox
Tony HallTony Lindsay
Tony MitchellTony Quero
Tony WilliamsTopper Price
Tracy NelsonTrevor Crozier
Trevor LucasTrevor Veitch
Trevor WilliamsTrey Sabatelli
Turo PaschayanUdo Lindenberg
Unwin BrownVangelis
Vasilis BakopoulosVera Vescoli
Verden AllenVictor Pantoja
Vinicius CantuáriaVorriece Coope
Włodzimierz NahornyWalfredo Reyes
Wayne MooreWayne Talbert
Werner FröhlichWilliam Ash
Willy FinlaysonWilly Oeschlin
Winicjusz ChróstWolfgang Brock
Wolfgang GörnerWolfgang Timpe
Yves ChevalieZé Portugal
Zbigniew WypychZdzisław Zawadzki
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