Elizabeth Cotten is one of the most popular folk musicians.
Her music became a staple to folk music.

Folk music became off of  Negro Spirtuals it related to God. One of the major topics of folk music was freedom to continue talking about the unfair treatment African American faced with enslavement and unfair treatment. They used this so express their pain. Some of the most famous songs are Eziekel Saw the Wheel, Soon Ah Will Be Done, and Sweet Honey in the Rock