Barbara Dane

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It’s not surprising to find female singers today who “do it all.”  They write and sing their own music, play an instrument, and maybe even dance. And in a growing number of cases they also run businesses. But this wasn’t the norm back in 1957, when singer Barbara Dane released her first album.

"Throw it Away..." Album Cover / Resized and cropped

In the beginning, there was Barbara Dane. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Barbara Dane’s pioneering folk-and-blues roots go back to the 1950s. But she’s not looking backwards: she has a new album out!

The voice you’re hearing is the legendary blues, jazz and folk singer Barbara Dane, from Oakland. Dane is one of the recipients of this year’s Best of the West awards, from the “Folk Alliance Region – West” conference, known as FAR-West.

Barbara Dane will receive the honor at the 11th annual FAR-West Music Conference, this weekend (October 16-19), at the Marriott City Center in Oakland.