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Alternative folk music on the radio

Alternative folk is a subgenre of folk music that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. It is characterized by a blending of traditional folk elements with rock, punk, and other genres, resulting in a sound that is often more contemporary and experimental than traditional folk music.

Some of the most popular artists in the alternative folk genre include Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and Fleet Foxes. Sufjan Stevens is known for his intricate instrumentation and introspective lyrics, while Iron & Wine is praised for his soft-spoken vocals and stripped-down arrangements. Fleet Foxes, led by singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold, have been praised for their lush harmonies and expansive soundscapes.

Radio stations that focus on alternative folk music include Folk Alley, which streams a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music, and KEXP's "The Roadhouse," which features a variety of roots and Americana music. Other stations, such as WXPN and The Current, feature alternative folk music alongside other genres such as indie rock and pop.

The alternative folk genre has continued to evolve, with contemporary artists incorporating elements of electronic and experimental music into their sound. The genre has helped to expand the audience for folk music, attracting fans of both traditional and contemporary music.