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2023 Inaugural Class of Inductees Print-ready version
March 2024

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
  • Odetta
  • 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. 

  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Emmylou Harris
  • James Taylor
  • Joan Baez
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Mavis Staples
  • Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
  • 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 – To honor the artistry and personal courage that defines these genres, the Paul Robeson Artist/Activist award highlights the musicians, journalists, promoters and record executives who, as activists, have insisted that important social justice movements and human stories are preserved. This award pays tribute to those with the same integrity as Paul Robeson, the epitome of the 20th-century Renaissance man. The combination of his immense artistic talent and his absolute fidelity to his moral compass - regardless of the risks – make him a worthy namesake of this important award.

  • Frank Hamilton – (American folk musician, member of The Weavers and co-founder of Old Town School of Folk Music.)

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It is blatantly obvious that Bob Dylan refused to be honored among this auspicious and highly deserving group of musicians, performers, artists, social activists, bands, singing groups, and other trailblazers who are being inducted into the Inaugural Class of Inductees this month (April of 2024). I am writing this comment on April 2, 2024 after having read the article above for the first time. It was added to the Library on March 15, 2024, but I only received a link to the article a few days ago. One snarky comment, apparently placed via Facebook by one Chris Floyd, presumes that Bobby D. wasn't asked to be a part of this event. He probably has a gig the same night, somewhere. Because even though he will turn 83 years old in May, Bobby D. continues to tour. I'm lucky to have seen Dylan with The Band in Fort Worth and in Houston, in early 1974, when I was still a teenager. I saw Joni for her first ever gig in Texas, here in Austin, on March 29, 1974. Saw her the next two times she played Austin, in early 1976, and in the summer of 1983 (where I bought second-row, center aisle seats for 9 friends and myself). For one of her encores at the '76 concert she surprised the audience by bringing a special guest to perform some songs. It was Bob Dylan. I had seen his Second Hurricane Carter Benefit at The Astrodome in Houston the previous weekend. Among those who performed there were Stevie Wonder and Ringo Starr (who only played the drums). I saw Dylan a total of 4 times during the Seventies. The last being in 1979, here in Austin, where I had front row seats. At least I was lucky to see so many great performers when they were still at their peak. The entire list would take days to compile, so take my word for it. Meanwhile, if anyone ever mentions anything from this website to Joni, herself, this is one kid who became a fan after hearing "Night In The City" on an Austin FM station in the Spring of 1968. Whereupon I rushed out to buy her first LP, and every subsequent album on the day each was released, all the way through Shine in September of 2007. Not to mention, the many other releases from Joni and her archives, including Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972 - 1975), which was released the day before my 69th birthday in 2023. I can't wait for all the upcoming Joni Mitchell Archive releases. IMO, she should release two every year, from now on. But that's just me. Otto in Austin, currently pushing 70, and still going strong, never having spent as much as a single night in a hospital, thus far in my life. Cheers to all who read this! And all the best to Joni, always and forever!