Folk music is full of great singers with big, powerful voices. Joan Baez is one of contemporary folk music's most famous powerful voices. Odetta was known for the extraordinary power of her pipes. Alt-country is an area teeming with great singer-songwriters like Neko Case and Brandi Carlile, whose voices are undeniably powerful. Learn more with this list of Memorable Folk Music Vocalists.
Just like the vocalists, there's no shortage of hugely talented instrumentalists in the history of American folk music. Some of the greatest instrumentalists in modern music have come out of the folk and bluegrass communities. Bill Monroe's mandolin skills have inspired countless bluegrass and country players. John Fahey's guitar work and Tommy Jarrell's fiddling influence have been felt far and wide. Take a deeper look at Folk Music Guitar Greats and the Best Bluegrass Pickers.