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Odetta

Odetta

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Album Review

The 2003 CD simply called Odetta and released by the Vermont independent label Silverwolf Records is a recording of the folksinger's appearance at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1996. At the outset, Odetta takes note of the recent death of Ella Fitzgerald (on June 15, 1996) and dedicates her first song, "Black Woman," to her jazz contemporary. After a spirited performance of "The Fox," she spends the bulk of her set in a 27-plus-minute medley of traditional folk songs, seguing from one to another before the audience can applaud, strumming her guitar powerfully or putting it aside to take sections a cappella. When she gets to "Poor Wayfarin' Stranger," she calls it a "white spiritual" and begins teaching the lyrics to her listeners to have them sing along. The lengthy suite provokes strong applause, and for her encore, Odetta provides a brief "Ol' Lady Sally" before leading the crowd in "Amazing Grace," a song for which she provides one key lyric substitution. It's not, she says, to be a "wretch" who's saved, but a "soul." "Ain't no wretches here," she explains.

Customer Reviews

A Shining Star!!!!!

A master story teller with a powerful, soulful and soothing voice. She is phenomenal....a collector's item!!!!!!

Biography

Born: December 31, 1930 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the strongest voices in the folk revival and the civil rights movement, Odetta was born on New Year's Eve 1930 in Birmingham, AL. By the time she was six years old, she had moved with her younger sister and mother to Los Angeles. She showed a keen interest in music from the time she was a child, and when she was about ten years old, somewhere between church and school, her singing voice was discovered. Odetta's mother began saving money to pay for voice lessons for her, but was advised to...
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