Folk rock is one of the most popular music genres in the mid-1900s. Although it has declined since then, it can be said that the spirit of folk music is still alive because there are street artists all over the world who sing with a single guitar. But commercial folk rock has pretty much died out, but why?
What is folk rock?
Folk rock is a fusion genre of folk music and rock music. Folk music often sings about deep human insights and social phenomena, and has had a great influence on the rock genre. Against this background, folk songs mainly penetrated the majority of the public, and rock artists began to incorporate folk elements, and this genre was born. Characterized by a style that does not emphasize electric instruments, acoustic guitars, banjos, and depending on the region, folk instruments are also used, making it a genre characterized by singing that makes the most of harmony. Folk rock reached its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s and was all the rage around the world.
In the background of the birth of folk rock, there were street singers who started singing folk songs based in cities. They influenced people walking down the street by singing songs about social issues and politics. Eventually, this genre, which had a great influence on rock musicians, began to incorporate it into rock, and folk rock was born. This genre became popular in the United States from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, and spread to England and France. Famous artists of this era include Bob Dylan. Folk rock became a staple genre in the hit charts of the 1900s.
In the 2000s, folk rock almost disappeared from the hit charts. The reason is the rise of new genres. Hip-hop and rap are rising in America, and electronic music is at its peak in Europe. Folk rock became a genre limited to street artists, and it became a world where there was no commercial demand. Even in the 2020s, the momentum of hip-hop and electronic music has not stopped, and it seems that they still dominate the hit charts. As for rock music in general, it continues to decline, and the situation continues to be tough.
A folk rock band formed in Los Angeles, USA in 1964. In terms of music, we sell gorgeous sounds and beautiful harmonies using a rock-specific 12-string guitar, and a warm atmosphere inherited from folk.
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