Odetta

BY J Poet

Odetta’s booming, soulful voice and powerful guitar playing made her one of the most influential performers of the 60s folk revival. Her interest in African American folk music, including the pre-blues songs of the South, blues, ragtime, spirituals and jazz led her to start collecting and documenting songs, making her an impressive ameateur folklorist. She was one of the first performers to embrace the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, helping to inspire several generations of activists and singers including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman.

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