Few folk artists in the modern era have had the influence of Ani DiFranco. The so-called “Little Folksinger” has had a profound influence on not just how younger folkies write songs, but also how they conduct their careers. Spurning major label and corporate interest at every stage of her career, DiFranco became a hero to the DIY masses on a similar scale as Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye.
As a precocious nine-year-old growing up in Buffalo, NY, DiFranco convinced her parents to buy her a guitar — and befriended a local singer-songwriter named Michael Meldrum at the music store. Meldrum was working on growing the folk scene in Buffalo, bringing artists in from New York City to play the tiny venues around town, and he... Read More
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