Thursday, December 22, 2011
An amazing survivor of the 60s folk scene who never disappeared. Instead she changed up and stylized and unstylized and kept working. From the Newport Folk Festival in its folk heyday (when the old bluesmakers came to town), to performing regularly on Sesame Street. Whatever it takes. I watched almost every one of her classic Vanguard albums go stuffed deep and untouched in dollar bins from town to town; no matter, the songs are there. And I'm sharing a favorite one here. Beverly Sainte-Marie was born 70 years ago on the Piapot Cree Indian reserve of Saskatchewan. She can rule a stage with her voice, guitar and mouthbow.