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MODERN FOLK DIVA COOKIES

Avalon Don "Avalon Don"
The list author says: "Women in Folk/Rock really took off during and after The Lilith Fair Festival. In early 1970's a woman with a guitar in most cases would have been a token opening act for roots rock act like say The Doobie Brothers. The silly title to the list is just that. These artists aren't really Las Vegas type divas. Can they sing, songwrite and play? That's a no brainer! Here's the cookies - i.e. list....."
Living in Clip
Living in Clip
"A great live mix of Folk,Jazz,Punk and Poetry.  Ani is the most successful independent in the history of music."
Indigo Girls
Indigo Girls
"The duos best effort with great harmony.  In recent years they've plugged in with mixed results."
Mortal City
Mortal City
"She's a little vanilla, but writes good songs.  Dar is the Joan Baez of her generation, but is now going electric half the time.  "Mortal City" is the definite best place to start."
A Gogo
A Gogo
"Speed and grace.  Larkin produces one the best solo live guitar performances ever on record."
Freedom
Freedom
"OK singer, but dynamite guitar player/writer.  Melissa sounds best when her music is stripped down like on "Freedom".  When Ferrick plays live she likes to change the tempo so her songs sound fresh."
An Angel At My Shoulder
An Angel At My Shoulder
"Light Folk/Rock with a nice singing style.  It's baffling that Carrie is not a bigger name in the business."
Solace
Solace
"Her best album with longer hair included.  "Solice" has heartfelt songs that last.  Sarah's next two CD's are also good, but more commercial radio friendly."
Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
"Has held up nicely over the years.  Tracy was one of the best live performers in the Lilith Fair."
Pieces of You
Pieces of You
"Her last name was excluded by accident.  Jewel has improved thru the years as a recording artist. If you could only own one, "Pieces Of You" is still the album."
Steady On
Steady On
"Shawn and another singer/ songwriter Laura Coyle have the distinctive acoustic style that comes closest to Joni Mitchell.  "Steady On" is her song for song best to date."
If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now
If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now
"America's answer to the Cranberries & Beatles.  The Nields made a nice transition from straight Folk to Rock.  "If You Lived Here" is their most heavily influenced Fab Four release to date."
Living With Ghosts
Living With Ghosts
"Patty sings and plays her guts out.  "Living With Ghosts" sounds like she just went in a room and let it all hang out and it didn't matter if anyone was listening."
Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega
"Folk/Pop at its finest.   Suzanne is a great songwriter who maximizes her limited vocal range."
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
"Their best album and very much a band.  Delores is one of the most versatile live performers. ( singer, electric & acoustic guitar, keyboards and good dancer )"
Samsara
Samsara
"Zeora is a  Folk/Pop/ Rocker who's shakin' and bakin' the L.A. concert halls with her outstanding debut "Samsara".  Poetic songs that go beneath the earth surface to somewhere up in the clouds."
Kindness
Kindness
"Born into a musical family, Toshi is likeable on stage with solid vocals in Folk, Blues and Gospel.  "Kindness" represents the closest sound to the live experience."
Paint the Sky with Stars:  The Best of Enya
Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya
"Tops in New Age Folk.  Enya's music is good for the jacuzzi and chilling out.  This album is the perfect fit at professional spas and retreat areas."
The Visit
The Visit
"The best World Folk singer in the land.  "The Visit" is her first contemporary album to reach a wider group of listeners.  Loreena's band could best be described as "Celtic Hip"."
Pass in Time: The Definitive Collection
Pass in Time: The Definitive Collection
"From Folk/Rock to Trip Hop, Beth Orton is a special talent. This is a good collection for newcomers."
Throw Down Your Arms
Throw Down Your Arms
"Sinead's Reggae CD is the real deal.  Recorded in Jamaica and produced by legends Sly & Robbie."
Deep Natural
Deep Natural
"One of America's favorite underdogs is now on her own label.  Each Shocked album is different and "Deep Natural" is no exeption mixing in World Rock, Progressive Jazz, Gospel and Firery Blues."
Revival
Revival
"Gillian is an artist for all ages.  She gets the respect of old time Bluegrass lovers, 60's baby boomers and next generation folkies.  "Revival" is a well crafted  (primarily)  acoustic winner."
Broken Things
Broken Things
"Julie is an earthy singer songwriter.  "Broken Things" is the whole package - Uplifting Rock, "____ Kickin" Country/Folk and heavenly ballads.  Her backing musicians is a who's who in Americana."
Out There Live
Out There Live
"If more Rock less Folk is your forte, Dar doesn't disappoint.  The funny introductions, guitar bite and old songs get re-energized.   A "Just Like Being There"  Williams concert."
Fruit Of Life
Fruit Of Life
"Angela McCluskey's raspy voice is contagious.  Take away the electronics and The Wild Colonials would have been the perfect house band for King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table."
Gotta Get over Greta
Gotta Get over Greta
"The favorite for the majority of Katryna, Nerissa and Co. fans.  Crisp harmony, more edge, guitar feedback and comic book (cover, packaging & disc)."
Lilith Fair - A Celebration of Women in Music [VHS]
Lilith Fair - A Celebration of Women in Music [VHS]
"The ultimate diva cookie.  The video is the head and shoulders best of the Lilith.  Big name only great performances, backstage conversation, the road tour bus and small room sing-a-longs."
Lilith Fair:  A Celebration of Women in Music
Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music
"The CD version has its moments, but I'll take the DVD/Video which captures what the festival was all about.  A Lilith 2010 would be a blast."