When Odetta passed away on December 2 at 77 years old, the world lost a beautiful, strong, and gracious pioneer of folk and blues. She influenced and inspired many of the 60’s folk revival and beyond including Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan - who has been quoted as saying, "the first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta."
The word legend is often over-used, but not in the case. We have lost a true legend. Rest in Peace, Odetta.
Folk Alley and WKSU 89.7 FM were proud to present Odetta at the 40th Kent State Folk Festival in 2006 as part of our “Legends Night,” and we’re pleased to be able to share that memorable evening with you here.
(The concert was recorded and mixed by Cousin Jimmie Wilson.)