#1
So, who are our generation's best folk artists and songwriters?

The only one I can really think of is Sam Beam of Iron & Wine.
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#2
Personally, I'm gonna go with Conor Oberst.
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#3
Conor is a very gifted songwriter, but I'm not sure he is the best. I love some of his songs, and can't stand others.

I also forgot about Sufjan Stevens. His album Seven Swans is some of the best folk songwriting I've ever heard.
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#4
Well you mentioned Dylan and Young...nobody liked all of their songs, everything is so different. Same thing with Conor. There's also Elliot Smith, can't forget about him.
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Well you mentioned Dylan and Young...nobody liked all of their songs, everything is so different. Same thing with Conor. There's also Elliot Smith, can't forget about him.

yeah, I guess you're right.

How in the hell could I forget about Elliot Smith!?
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yeah, I guess you're right.

How in the hell could I forget about Elliot Smith!?



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i'll just agree with sufjan stevens, he's just too creative
#7
The Tallest Man On Earth (or Niclas Stenholm)?

Give him a couple of years
#8
Beck could be considered but his style is to out there, but I do hear Dylan influences.
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#9
jack white has some really heavy guitar stuff but he has some really nice folk-type stuff to so i'd have to go with him *engages flame shield*
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#10
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jack white has some really heavy guitar stuff but he has some really nice folk-type stuff to so i'd have to go with him *engages flame shield*


I agree, some of the stuff on the new Raconteurs album is pretty folky.
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#11
Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. Not all of his stuff is folk, but alot of it sounds like it. Especially Lightbulb Sun.
#13
Ben Harper. Or maybe Derek Trucks.
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#18
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Ben Harper. Or maybe Derek Trucks.

Derek Trucks? Am I missing something? Last time I checked, he doesn't sing or write lyrics...
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Personally, I'm gonna go with Conor Oberst.


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Ben Harper.

Great choice, he's awesome.
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#21
beck is more generation x then us so the closest thing for "our generation" ( i'm thinking like people in their late teens early 20's right now is definantly conor oberst. not to say that hes really on par with dylan but he's all we got.
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Derek Trucks? Am I missing something? Last time I checked, he doesn't sing or write lyrics...

He writes lyrics, but I was alluding to his broad range of folky stuff.

He's really unique, though, as is Ben Harper. I don't like calling an artist "This generation's whatever' because it takes away from the nature of the artist himself.


But Ben Harper and Derek Trucks are by far this generation's greatest folk artists.
#26
Elliott Smith, in his early days anyway. He went all Beatle crazy from XO on, which isn't a bad thing.
#28
How about Will Sheff or Jeff Mangum then. They write wonderful and lush stories.

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Will Oldham.


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#29
grower is probably a pretty good way to describe him. check out some of the things he released as Palace and the newest album, Lie Down in the Light.
#30
Seeing as I have barely heard of anybody in this thread other than Ben Harper and Jack White, I'm going to say none. There hasn't been an artist with the same impact or meaning to such a mass group of people as Bob Dylan or Neil Young. Hell, Bob Dylan and Neil Young mean more to this generation than any contemporary folkie or rock activist or whatever. There will most likely never be anybody in their league.
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#32
I don't like Ben Harper very much.

MY vote goes for Oberst and maybe Jack White
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