If someone asked you to recommend a great singer to listen to, any genre or era of music, who is someone you might mention...
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.
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
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
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.
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
Doris Day (so dadgum effortless!)
Nat King Cole
Rosie Clooney: Botch-a-me, WOW
I’m leaving SO MANY out…
Edited by - AGACNP on 08/07/2022 17:52:53
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.
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
A few of my favorites from the bluegrass world are Dudley Connell, Dede Wyland, and Laurie Lewis.
I like knowing who is singing as soon as I hear them like:
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
Not banjo related in any way, Ray Charles.
Minnie Riperton famed for her 4 octave range which equals every note on an electric guitar.
Nobody mentioned Billie Holiday?
My Dad was my favorite tenor singer.
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.
another vote for john cowan
but my all time favorites are emmy lou harris and roy orbinson
'RIP Loretta Lynn' 1 hr