We love sharing hidden treasures, and highlighted here are five of the most unique and talented female folk artists from the Vault.
1. Iris DeMent / Let the Mystery Be - You may not recognize the name, but respected songwriter Iris DeMent has had songs covered by many artists and featured in film and television.
2. Ani DiFranco / Both Hands - A strong DIY proponent, Ani DiFranco has been releasing albums full of folk anthems on her own label for decades.
3. Alela Diane / My Brambles - As Sean Moeller of Daytrotter said, "Every time Alela Diane sings one of her songs, a firefly gets its fire."
4. Cris Williamson / Joanna - One of the real buried treasures in the Vault; Cris Williamson's vocal performance is completely mesmerizing.
5. Barbara Dane / I've Got to Know - Club owner, promoter, activist - Barbara Dane was so much more than just a singer, but her husky vocals made her a favorite in blues and jazz circles, as well as folk.