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Aug 7, 2022 - 10:32:55 AM
273 posts since 7/22/2012

If someone asked you to recommend a great singer to listen to, any genre or era of music, who is someone you might mention...

Aug 7, 2022 - 11:17:48 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)


27725 posts since 8/3/2003

Gee, there are a lot of excellent vocalists.

Mac Wiseman, John Duffy, James King, Jimmy Martin, Del McCoury, Bill Monroe, Larry Sparks, Ralph Stanley, Vern Young, Rhonda Vincent, Allison Kraus, Dolly Parton and many, many others.

Impossible to choose just one from any genre.

Aug 7, 2022 - 12:25:11 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


26316 posts since 6/25/2005

Linda Ronstadt, Barbra Streisand, Rhiannon Giddens. … Luciano Pavarotti, Vern Williams, Bing Crosby…

Bluegrass--Williams, Both Stanley Bros., Duffey, Russell Moore. 

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 08/07/2022 12:32:24

Aug 7, 2022 - 2:05:14 PM
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2940 posts since 4/5/2006

For Bluegrass, start at the beginning & work your way up to the present. When you get to  JD Crowe & the New South, Tony Rice, the Country Gents, & The Seldom Scene, slow down & pay attention, those bands had some excellent vocalists. The Scene went through five or six guitar/vocalists & counting. All were very good, just a little different, Duffy & Aldridge harmony work, outstanding! The Osborne Brothers always had superb vocals, no matter who played with them. Bobby Osborne is unique. Del McCourey, Vince Gill, Marshall Wilburn, Chis Jones, the list goes on & on. And we haven't even gotten to the Ladies yet.

Aug 7, 2022 - 4:06:53 PM



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Ladies first : Joni Mitchell , Alison Krauss, Patsy Cline , Peggy Lee , Linda Ronstadt , Emmy Lou Harris ,,,,,,, Gents : Russell Moore , Gordon Lightfoot , Burton Cummings , Clyde McPhatter , Marty Robbins

Edited by - chuckv97 on 08/07/2022 16:08:59

Aug 7, 2022 - 5:47:37 PM



336 posts since 10/12/2011


Ella Fitzgerald
Doris Day (so dadgum effortless!)
Jo Stafford
Anita O’Day
McGuire Sisters
Andrews Sisters
Nat King Cole
Tex Beneke
Joe Williams
Cab Calloway
Rosie Clooney: Botch-a-me, WOW

I’m leaving SO MANY out…

Edited by - AGACNP on 08/07/2022 17:52:53

Aug 7, 2022 - 8:00:16 PM
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3713 posts since 10/29/2003

Raul Malo
Leon Russel
Johnny Cash
Tony Rice

Aug 7, 2022 - 9:44:16 PM

273 posts since 7/22/2012

Glad to see Cab Calloway mentioned up there among some of the other names! I saw him live when I was rather young. Yes, there are a ton of possible and good answers, but I was (and am) curious what people might say, especially non-bluegrass/banjo-related singers. Any other suggestions would be welcome. I still am not sure who I would name in a pinch, if I DID have to name just one or two.

Aug 8, 2022 - 7:47:23 AM



1434 posts since 4/12/2004

My favorite singer is, of course, a banjo player: Alan O'Bryant  Give a listen to his renditions of "On My Mind" and "All I Want Is You".

Edited by - RB3 on 08/08/2022 07:52:23

Aug 8, 2022 - 10:35:34 AM

4284 posts since 3/28/2008

A few of my favorites from the bluegrass world are Dudley Connell, Dede Wyland, and Laurie Lewis.

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Aug 8, 2022 - 1:32:37 PM
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76650 posts since 5/9/2007

I like knowing who is singing as soon as I hear them like:
Ginger Boatwright
Webb Pierce
John Starling
Vincent and Dailey's bass singer

but if I had to pick one singer it would be John Cowan.

Edited by - steve davis on 08/08/2022 13:38:17

Aug 15, 2022 - 10:28:37 AM

2245 posts since 2/12/2009

Not banjo related in any way, Ray Charles.

Aug 15, 2022 - 2:16:46 PM

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Minnie Riperton famed for her 4 octave range which equals every note on an electric guitar.

Aug 16, 2022 - 5:43:52 AM



1651 posts since 11/6/2008

Nobody mentioned Billie Holiday?

Aug 16, 2022 - 5:49:53 AM

76650 posts since 5/9/2007

My Dad was my favorite tenor singer.

Aug 19, 2022 - 11:37:04 AM

1669 posts since 7/14/2004

Nana Mouskouri. She sings with breath taking beauty in 12 languages with one vocal cord tied behind her back. She has only one functional vocal cord.

Sep 7, 2022 - 6:49:49 AM

8114 posts since 9/5/2006

another vote for john cowan

but my all time favorites are emmy lou harris and roy orbinson

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