2023 Inaugural Class of Inductees
The first Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame induction ceremony for recipients and their families will take place in mid-April 2024. Living and deceased artists, songwriters, record executives, managers and concert promoters tied to elevating folk, Americana and roots music were all eligible.
Celebrating the lifeblood of America’s musical and cultural heritage, the inaugural class of 29 was selected by a designated nomination committee. This committee includes industry experts, whose collective experience reflects an eclectic mix of genres, geography, gender, race, and roles as well as FARHOF’s Board of Directors which consists of artist and industry advisors.
The inaugural class and categories include:
Solo Legacy Artist – A solo legacy artist is a performer whose initial impact on the genre was at least 45 years prior to the year of Induction.
- Gordon Lightfoot
- Jean Ritchie
- John Prine
- Johnny Cash
- Josh White
- Lead Belly
- Oscar Brand
- Pete Seeger
- Richie Havens
- Woody Guthrie
Solo Living Artist – A solo living artist is a contemporary performer whose initial impact on the genre was at least 25 years prior to the year of Induction.
- Bob Dylan
- Bonnie Raitt
- Emmylou Harris
- James Taylor
- Joan Baez
- Joni Mitchell
- Mavis Staples
- Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
- Taj Mahal
- Willie Nelson
Duo or Group of Musicians – The Duo or Group of Musicians are performers whose initial impact on the genre was at least 25 years prior to the year of Induction.
- Peter, Paul & Mary
- The Band
- The Byrds
- The Weavers
Non-Performer – The Non-Performers category includes supporting musicians, songwriters, managers, publishers, historians, producers, etc.
- Albert Grossman (Former manager to many musicians in the folk music scene.)
- Betsy Siggins (Founding member of the Club 47 venue now Passim in Boston; assisted in creating the Festival of American Folklife and founder of the New England Folk Music Archives/Folk New England.)
- George Wein (Jazz promoter, pianist and producer as well as founder of Newport Jazz Festival; co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival and instrumental in the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.)
Paul Robeson Artist/Activist Award – Non-performing industry professional who has had a major influence on the social justice that has impacted culture. This award is dedicated to those with the same integrity as Paul Robeson, the epitome of the 20th-century Renaissance man. He was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author and political activist. Today, more than one hundred years after his birth, Robeson is just beginning to receive the credit he is due.
- Frank Hamilton – (American folk musician, member of The Weavers and co-founder of Old Town School of Folk Music.)