What’s it mean to be folk-rock anyway?

…if you ask this question of www.epitonic.com, you will find that folk-rock is considered an “additional genre”  along with the likes of Avant pop, dronology, and neo dada music. It may be just me, but none of these terms are anywhere near as accessible as that of folk-rock itself, nor as “underground” as found sounds or exotica recordings. However, one of the things that I do like about Epitonic’s page is their description of what folk-rock–

The concept of folk-rock is simple: take the winsome acoustic arrangements of folk and play them with a big rock and roll backbeat. The style began as an ancillary to the ’60s folk revival, with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, and The Lovin’ Spoonful among the most noteworthy practitioners. The style continued to carry weight into the ’60s, as evidenced by the success of people like Jackson Browne and The Eagles. Folk-flavored rock music has waxed and waned in popularity over the years since. In recent years however, a number of outstanding indie rock bands — many on the periphery of the alt.country movement — have sought to place folk elements within a rock foundation, often to sensational results.

Epitonic’s list of related artists includes groups like Belle and Sebastian, Neil Halstead, Bright Eyes, the Decemberists, I Am Kloot, My Morning Jacket, Okkervil River, Mojave 3, Sufjan Stevens, and Pinetop Seven. These names got me thinking…I haven’t shared http://stereogum.com with you yet! 
Each week, Stereogum posts free MP3s from artists like those that I just mentioned under the first left-hand tab on the site labeled simply “MP3s & Streams”. For those with some time on their hands, or the inclination to hunt down a favorite group, scrolling down through the week’s songs to the line entitled “More MP3s” will bring you to their archives, which, if you love folk-rock and other more obscure groups, is sure to get your heart pounding.
What’s more, you can divvy the archives up by artist, or, if you are feeling adventurous, by post date. Sorting by post date helped remind me of the fact, for example, that I learned about Two Gallants in 2007, around the same time I first learned of Laura Veirs. For anyone who wants to know more about the “origins” of an artist they like, or what other recordings/reviews/tours might exist for them, this is a good way to find ’em, all in one sitting.   And just to name a few who are available through Stereogum’s hallowed “halls”…
Blitzen Trapper’s “Shady Grove
Ferraby Lionheart’s “Dear Corinne
Iron & Wine’s “Boy with a Coin
Josh Ritter’s cover of “The River
Laura Veirs’ “To the Country
Two Gallants’ “Despite What You’ve Been Told
the list goes on and on…

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