Who are the "folk" in American folk music? Are they the grizzled people of the Appalachian Mountains, picking on a hand-hewn dulcimer with coal-black fingers? Are they kids bashing out "Waiting for My Man" on a dime-store Strat in a Santa Cruz garage? Are they New York studio musicians trying to create a new American sound? The answer to all three questions is "yes" if you consider folk music to be any music that expresses the voice of the people. That's the definition that works for indie-folk acts like Iron & Wine and Fruit Bats, bands that use traditional folk sounds like resonator guitars and banjos but manage to rise above the amorphous "Americana" description that haunts many... More >>>