Here are some links to what I think are the best places to find folk and acoustic music information on the Internet.
HOBER is the finest internet radio station around. Not only do they play great music, they have a beautifully executed web site. I was turned on to it by my accountant, of all people. You can listen to HOBER by clicking the button on the left. Musicians can submit their CDs for airplay (netplay?).
If you're in New Hampshire (I am), New Hampshire Acoustic Music Association is a good place to find out who in playing where.
I usually don't add links to music stores, but I have made an exception here because Eldrely Instruments is one of the oldest and best places in the US to buy acoustic instruments.
Looking for Folk Music in New Jersey? Scott Sheldon keeps a nice listing of NJ folky stuff at the Sanctuary Concerts web site.
Here are three discussion forums, in French, discussing the bass (Basse), the piano (Piano) and singing (Chant).
Looking for music in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire? Check NotYourAverageFolk.com
Fret Mentor is a site dedicated to fretted instruments lessons and instruction. It has a forum which could grow into something very nice if enough people get involved in it. You have to register to post.
Real Lyrics a huge collection of lyrics of songs of all genres and ages.
Mandozine has a great set of files tablature in Tabledit format. You will need Tabledit's free viewer to view them.
The Acoustic Music Archive is a resource for lyrics and chords songs from the UK.
Trying to find the words to a song? They might be at BestLyrics.net, Sublime Lyrics or maybe at Real Lyrics.
The following list of lyrics servers was submitted to the FolkBiz listserver. I haven't checked out all of them, but I post them here for your convenience:
http://www.mudcat.org/threads.cfm (folk music)
http://ingeb.org/folksond.html (international folk)
http://www.harmony-central.com (info & links of various musical items)
http://lyriccrawler.com (search engine for lyrics- general)
Affinity Music Nashville had been around since 1957. They can help with promotion.
Mark's Online Music Source is a very nice resource for all things musical.
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Music-Z is an Online Community of
Independent Recording Artists Where independent and un-signed recording artists can sell their cd's, offer tracks for download (soon...), and pitch merch.
Folk of the Wood in Alto, NM, is a music store with all kinds of stringed acoustic instruments at what seems to be very good prices.
Oldsongs' Resource Directory for Acoustic Music and Dance focuses on the Capital District area of New York State and a little beyond, and is full of useful information.
Friends of Florida Folk maintains a web site with excellent information for performers who want to tour that state, including booking contacts, radio promotion information and lists of performers playing in the state.
Brigde Guitar Reviews is an independent organization that reviews new acoustic albums by acoustic guitarists. They write honest reviews for the artists,and hope they benefit from them by selling more albums.
Iowa Acoustic Music has resources and listings for Iowa musicians.
Jaimé Morton runs the Stick 'em Up Professional Postering and Promotion Service in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. If you need to get gig posters up in the Northampton, MA area, Jaimé can do it. She can also get great hotel deals for travelling musicians.
InterSchminter is a music / environment / pro-peace web site in Wolverhampton, England. Sounds a lot like this one, but it isn't.
Community Arts Advocates, Inc. has a web site that includes info on
street performing across the usa and beyond, individual performers including
latino, brazilian and african-american artists. I make no claim as to the services offered on the site.
Singer Song: original independent music artists resources is a site with many hundreds of links to musician resources.
Intimate Audio: Web site devoted to intimate musical recordings and self-produced artists. Hosted by Dale Turner (West Coast Editor of Guitar One magazine, GIT instructor, and author). Free guitar lessons (w/TAB & MP3), message board, and loads of DIY music-related info.
Anton's Studio has a wealth of information for sound people trying to get an "acoustic" sound from their equipment.
Folk and Roots is an English site similar to this one with performer, venue and gig listings. It's very nicely done.
http://GuitarGalleryMusic.com/ has lots of music instruction books.
Acoustic Musicians Guild is a resource for musicians in the New Jersey Shore area.
AcoustiCafe is a resource for musicians near Pittsburgh, PA
Wildplum provides fan reviews of live acoustic music performances at http://www.wildplum.org/reviews/.
The Indie Acoustic Music Project has reviews of what the site owner considers to be 50 Best Indie Acoustic CDs 1990-2000.
I coordinate the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, section of this web site that reviews folk and acoustic music CD's. Another great site for CD reviews is Minor 7th. Minor 7th specializes in reviews of acoustic guitar CDs from many genres: jazz, folk, fingerstyle, new age, rock and blues.
BandShack.com is building up a Musician's Resource for New England. You can find venues, musicians, radio/tv stations, what have you. The site is very well designed and growing.
Another site, one that actually knows that there is a difference between "folk" and "acoustic" music, is Larry Acoustic and Folk Music Page. The site is mainly devoted to the Indiana music scene, but it has much more than that.
D3 Music Learning Network is a community of websites specializing in online music education and 'how to play' music resource files. Streaming video sound, notation and tab files teach ,Guitar, Piano, Flute, Violin and more.
Since 1950 Sing Out! has been publishing information about folk & acoustic performers
Musi-Cal: Comprehensive listings of concert schedules.
The Folk Project, a folk music and arts organization in Northern New Jersey.
Intermountain Acoustic Music Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the preservation, furtherance and spread of acoustic music, including bluegrass, British isles, folk, old-time and related musical forms.
People are always asking me about festivals. I think that I have found a couple of very good resources to help find where and when they are:
I think that the best festival site is FestivalFinder: Music Festivals of North America.
NEFFA LinkFest: Festivals
Here is a link to the
my favorite one to go to.
Performers have their own page now!