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Here on my folk songs with chords page you'll find over a list of folk artists whose songs I've developed lessons for acoustic guitar. Those artists include:

Bahamas, Citizen Cope, Coven, Elliott Smith, James Blunt, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Lloyd Cole, Matthew Barber, Mungo Jerry, Rodriguez, Sammy Johns

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Here are the folks artists for this last page.

1. Already Yours - Bahamas


Already Yours is from the 2009 album entitled "Pink Strat".

There were no singles from this album and the album itself did not chart on the folk scene.

Bahamas is the stage name of the Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen. He is known for his folk-infused indie rock and soulful sound. Afie Jurvanen adopted the stage name "Bahamas" in 2009, taking inspiration from the name of the country where he had spent some time. Bahamas' music is characterized by his warm, smooth vocals, introspective lyrics, and intricate guitar work.

Bahamas has released several albums throughout his career, including "Pink Strat" (2009), "Barchords" (2012), "Bahamas Is Afie" (2014), and "Earthtones" (2018). His music has received critical acclaim and has garnered him a dedicated fanbase. Some of his well-known songs include "Lost in the Light," "All the Time," and "Stronger Than That."

Overall, Bahamas' music is often described as soulful, melodic, and intimate, and he has established himself as a respected singer-songwriter in the indie music scene.

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2. Be My Witness - Bahamas


Be My Witness is a track from the 2012 album from Bahamas called "Barchords". There were two singles released from this album but this song was not one of them.

The album itself ranked $14 in the US.

Afie Jurvanan (Bahamas) is originally from Toronto but moved to my home province of Nova Scotia in 2018 with his wife and two children and presumably  still resides there.

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3. Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell

Big Yellow Taxi .. info soon.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D ,A, G
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4. Chevy Van - Sammy Johns


Chevy Van was written by Sammy Johns, who was an American singer-songwriter and was active primarily in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was born on February 7, 1946, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and passed away on January 4, 2013.

His best known song was his hit single "Chevy Van," released in 1975. The song became his signature hit, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and achieving gold certification. "Chevy Van" is a love song that tells the story of a romantic encounter inside a Chevrolet van. It remains Johns' most recognizable and enduring song.

While "Chevy Van" was his most successful song, Sammy Johns released several other albums during his career. Some of his other notable songs include "Rag Doll" and "Early Morning Love." However, he did not achieve the same level of commercial success as he did with "Chevy Van."

Sammy Johns' music can be described as a blend of country rock and soft rock, often featuring catchy melodies and storytelling lyrics. Though he may not be as well-known today, his hit song "Chevy Van" continues to be remembered and enjoyed by fans of classic rock and 1970s music.

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5. Famous Blue Raincoat - Lloyd Cole


Famous Blue Raincoat is actually a song written and performed by Leonard Cohen, a Canadian singer-songwriter. The song was released on Cohen's 1971 album, "Songs of Love and Hate."

"Famous Blue Raincoat" is a renowned and highly regarded song known for its poetic and introspective lyrics. It tells a complex narrative through a series of letters, exploring themes of love, betrayal, and regret. The song's melancholic tone, coupled with Cohen's deep and distinctive vocals, contributes to its emotional impact.

While "Famous Blue Raincoat" is not a song by Lloyd Cole, he has performed it many times in concert, but to my knowledge never recorded the song for any album. it is worth noting that many artists have covered the song over the years, given its enduring popularity and lyrical depth. These covers have contributed to the song's broader recognition and continued resonance in the music community.

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6. Going Up The Country - Kitty Daisy And Lewis


Going Up The Country is a track from the debut album of Kitty Daisy and Lewis from 2008.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis is a British music group consisting of siblings Kitty Durham, Daisy Durham, and Lewis Durham. They are known for their vintage-inspired sound that incorporates elements of rock and roll, blues, ska, and other retro styles.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have been playing music together since their childhood and gained attention for their energetic live performances. They are multi-instrumentalists, often swapping instruments during their shows. Each sibling contributes vocals and plays multiple instruments, such as guitar, drums, piano, harmonica, and more.

The group released their self-titled debut album, "Kitty, Daisy & Lewis," in 2008, featuring a mix of original compositions and covers of classic songs. Their music draws heavily from the music of the 1940s and 1950s, incorporating elements of R&B, rockabilly, and swing.

Over the years, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have continued to release albums, including "Smoking in Heaven" (2011) and "The Third" (2015). Their music reflects a nostalgic and authentic approach, capturing the essence of vintage genres while adding their own modern twist.

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7. I Wonder - Rodriguez


I Wonder is a song that can be found on the debut album from Rodriguez from 1970 called "Cold Fact".

 Rodriguez, whose full name is Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, is an American singer-songwriter. He was born on July 10, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan.

He gained recognition and a cult following in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his folk rock and psychedelic folk sound. He released two albums during that time: "Cold Fact" in 1970 and "Coming from Reality" in 1971. However, despite critical acclaim, his music did not achieve commercial success in the United States.

Unbeknownst to Rodriguez, his music had gained a significant following in South Africa during the apartheid era, where his socially conscious lyrics resonated deeply with listeners. Rodriguez remained largely unknown in the United States, while his popularity grew in South Africa.

The documentary film "Searching for Sugar Man," released in 2012, brought international attention to Rodriguez's story. The film details the efforts of two South African fans in the 1990s to find out what had happened to Rodriguez, as rumors of his mysterious death circulated. The documentary led to a resurgence in Rodriguez's popularity, both in South Africa and globally.

Rodriguez's music often explores themes of social justice, political commentary, and personal introspection. His songwriting is characterized by poetic lyrics and melodic folk arrangements. Some of his well-known songs include "Sugar Man," "I Wonder," and "Crucify Your Mind."

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8. I See A Darkness - Bonnie Prince Billy

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9. In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry


In The Summertime is from Mungo Jerry, a British rock and folk band formed in 1970. They are best known for their hit song "In the Summertime," which became a global success and remains their signature song.

Mungo Jerry was fronted by the singer-songwriter and guitarist Ray Dorset, who often goes by the stage name Mungo Jerry himself. The band's music combines elements of rock, folk, skiffle, and blues, creating a unique and catchy sound.

"In the Summertime," released in 1970, became a chart-topping hit in several countries and has since become an enduring summer anthem. The song features an upbeat, infectious melody with lyrics celebrating the carefree spirit of summer.

Mungo Jerry released several other songs and albums throughout the 1970s, including tracks like "Baby Jump," "Lady Rose," and "Alright, Alright, Alright." However, none achieved the same level of commercial success as "In the Summertime."

While Mungo Jerry's popularity declined in subsequent decades, they continued to perform and release music. Their influence on the 1970s music scene, particularly with their memorable hit "In the Summertime," solidified their place in rock and folk music history.

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10. Like A Hobo - Charlie Winston

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11. Messing With My Life - Kitty Daisy And Lewis


Messing With My Life  is also a track from the debut album of Kitty Daisy and Lewis from 2008.

This song was never released as a single as it was more or less a warm-up song the trio would do before going on stage. But they decided to record it as a track for their debut album.

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12. One Tin Soldier


One Tin Soldier hails from the movie "Billy Jack" if anyone remembers that film from the Drive In days. Song was written by Canadians Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter who first recorded the song in 1969 as part of the group The Original Caste.

The song became more popular however in 1971 with a release by the group "Coven", whose version as I mentioned was part of the soundtrack for the movie Billy Jack. Skeeter Davis also recorded the song in 1972.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes blended in with the rhythm
  • Chords = C, G6, Am, Am/F, F, Dm7, Gsus, Em
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13. Perfect Blue


Perfect Blue is a track from 1985 from Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and is featured on their second studio album, "Easy Pieces," released in 1985.

"Perfect Blue" is a track that showcases the band's jangly guitar-driven sound and Lloyd Cole's distinct vocals. The song presents introspective lyrics with a touch of melancholy, exploring themes of longing and reflection. It has a wistful and atmospheric quality that captures the band's signature style.

While "Perfect Blue" wasn't released as a single, it remains a fan favorite and contributes to the overall depth and charm of the "Easy Pieces" album. The album also includes other notable tracks such as "Brand New Friend" and "Cut Me Down," which helped establish Lloyd Cole and the Commotions as influential figures in the indie pop/rock scene of the 1980s.

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14. She Rowed - Mungo Jerry


She Rowed is a track by Mungo Jerry from their album "Electronically Tested," released in 1971.

"She Rowed" is a bluesy and folk-infused song with a lively and catchy rhythm. It features Mungo Jerry's characteristic blend of acoustic guitar, harmonica, and Ray Dorset's distinctive vocals. The song tells a story about a woman rowing a boat and the singer's admiration for her.

While "She Rowed" did not achieve the same level of commercial success as their hit "In the Summertime," it has been appreciated by fans of Mungo Jerry and is often included in their live performances and compilations.

Mungo Jerry's music, including "She Rowed," embodies their signature sound of combining various genres and delivering catchy and enjoyable songs that capture the spirit of their time.

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15. Sideways - Citizen Cope


Sideways was never released as a single to my knowledge but does feature Carlos Santana on the track.

It can be found on the album "The Clarence Greenwood Recordings" from 2004.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Em, D, Em/Eb, Am
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16. Sleep Please Come To Me - Matthew Barber


Sleep Please Come To Me is a song recorded by Matthew Barber from his 2008 album "Ghost Notes" .

I'm not sure if the track was ever released as a single.

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17. Waltz #2 - Elliott Smith


Waltz #2 is from Elliott Smith's alum "X0" which was released in 1998. It was the first single from the album but it did not chart in the US.

In the UK the song reached #52 on the chart.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = some riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords = Em, D, C, G6, Am/C ,G, G6#11#3, Gb, B7, Am, D/Gb
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18. You're Beautiful - James Blunt


You're Beautiful is a track from James Blunts debut album from 2004 Back To Bedlam.

This song was a monster hit for Blunt reaching #1 in Canada, the US, the UK and #2 in Australia.

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