Folk music is something I'm really divided on. It either makes me want to cringe to death with how god-awfully heinous it is. Or it makes me want to hug the world in a flower-filled meadow. There's not much in-between. When it comes to folk music, I either hate it or I love it.
Since I'm not in the habit of sharing music that sucks, today I present you with five folk songs that don't suck.
This song has TV written all over it. It needs to be in the background of some hit series or in the next Volkswagen commercial. It's a sunny and warm folk masterpiece that should be soaked up, like a perfect summer day.
Cass McCombs - Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log
From the very first second, this lil' diddy is too adorable to resist. It's an acoustic number with a sing-along feel that's every bit as cute as the title suggests.
If you're into Ray LaMontagne or Marc Broussard, then English newcomer RHODES will stop you dead in your tracks with this heart-wrencher. RHODES' soul-baring vocals and fantastic song craftmanship have put him high on my list as one to watch.
Conor Oberst of popular indie band Bright Eyes has gifted us with this rugged song, one that conjures up images of campfires and rural mountain nights. It's filled with energy, yet is not without spookiness. There's a haunting plinking piano line in the middle of the song that's absolutely killer.
We'll end things with a foot-stomping, hand-clapping romper. It has a soulful groove in the vein of "This Little Light of Mine." The only difference is Ollabelle's tune is a little less gospel, a little more bluegrass.