Best of 2013 – Folk Rock Bands

Last month we published our Best of 2013 – Folk Artists and received a lot of positive feedback. This is our follow up piece called Best of 2013 – Folk Rock Bands. We felt it was important to give the top folk rock bands their proper due, since in this genre, they sometimes get overshadowed by singer-songwriters.

You may ask why Ryan Bingham and Passenger made this list when they are typically thought of as solo acts. Let me explain; Ryan Bingham has historically recorded and toured with the Dead Horses, many of the songs he plays live are from the Dead Horses albums, and on this tour he takes the stage with a full band behind him. Passenger, on the other hand, was grandfathered in from its earlier work as a band. Passenger started in 2003 as a quintet and for the most part remained that way until 2009 when the band broke up. Mike Rosenberg, who founded the band, didn’t lose a beat; he kept the moniker and launched his very successful solo career.

If you’re into folk, roots rock, bluegrass, alt-country or Americana music, then you need to check out this list.

Mumford & Sons Picture

1. Mumford & Sons

Recent Album: Babel, released September 2012
Top Songs: I Will Wait, Broken Crown, The Cave
Tour Dates: click here
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The Lumineers Picture

2. The Lumineers

Recent Album: The Lumineers, released April 2012
Top Songs: Stubborn Love, Ho Hey, Flowers In Your Hair
Tour Dates: click here
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Ryan Bingham Picture

3. Ryan Bingham

Recent Album: Tomorrowland, released September 2012
Top Songs: Southside of HeavenThe PoetBread & Water
Tour Dates: click here
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Old Crow Medicine Show Picture

4. Old Crow Medicine Show

Recent Album: Carry Me Back, released July 2012
Top Songs: Wagon Wheel, Tell It To Me, Carry Me Back
Tour Dates: click here
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Passenger Picture

5. Passenger

Recent Album: All the Little Lights, released February 2012
Top Songs: Let Her Go, Patient Love, What You’re Thinking
Tour Dates: click here
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Trampled By Turtles Profile

6. Trampled By Turtles

Recent Album: Spirit Bird, released June 2012
Top Songs: Wait So Long, Alone, New Orleans
Tour Dates: click here
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Okkervil River Picture

7. Okkervil River

Recent Album: The Silver Gymnasium, scheduled release Sep. 3, 2013
Top Songs: Westfall, The Valley, Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
Tour Dates: click here
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Dawes Picture

8. Dawes

Recent Album: Stories Don’t End, released April 2013
Top Songs: When My Time Comes, Just Beneath The Surface, That Western Skyline
Tour Dates: click here
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The Devil Makes Three Picture

9. The Devil Makes Three

Recent Album: Tomorrowland, released September 2012
Top Songs: Old Number Seven, Ten Feet Tall, Black Irish
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Houndmouth Picture

10. Houndmouth

Recent Album: From the Hills Below the City, released June, 2013 
Top Songs: On the Road, Penitentiary, Houston Train 
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Article by Ken Burns

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