The queen of folk music in the mid-60s, and one that remains highly influential. Joan Baez was for a time one half of the genre's reigning couple with Bob Dylan. Many of her early hits, including Farewell Angelina and Don't Think Twice, It’s All Right, came from Dylan's pen, and were driven by Baez's chiming soprano voice and aching sincerity. In the 70s she emerged as a songwriter of some note on the excellent album Diamonds & Rust, but remained best known for her superb readings of other writers songs, a trait that continued into the new millennium as she embraced material penned by emergent talents such as Ryan Adams, and Josh Ritter. Baez has remained true to her humanitarian concerns throughout her life, with music often taking a back seat to her campaigning.
Followers: Melanie, Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Laura Marling
Influenced By: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Odetta, Pete Seeger, The Carter Family, Cisco Houston
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