The first one that comes to my mind is John "The Voice of Newgrass" Cowan, x-New Grass Revival and long time leader of his own The John Cowan Band.

http://www.johncowan.com

Who is the vocalist that does it for you?

:) Steve S-N

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Johnette Napolitano is amazing. I know her original band, Concrete Blonde, isn't strictly Americana. You could make a case that they followed in the LA music that produced the Blasters, X and otheres.

She tours by herself with an acoustic guitar with old songs a little flamenco thrown in. When her voice is low it can be husky, deep and rich. She does have a pretty unique ability to take it up to levels that can tear off the roof. What makes it amazing is that as she moves up it gets purer and more on the note.

Steve
I love Johnette's voice. Totally agree - been listening to some old Concrete Blonde stuff lately actually, and kinda thinking the same thing. What a voice! I think Linda Perry from the confusingly similar 4 Non Blondes maybe sounds a little like her too, but I prefer Johnette.
Just 1? Don't think I can single out just one.

OK hmmm Shelby Lynne.
Love, love, love Shelby. Also loving Kacey Cubero, another singer-songwriter producing her own original music.
To show a fine grasp of the obvious, Neko Case. Even more so, Iris Dement.
Patty Griffin
Abigail Washburn. She is amazing.
Easy....Johnny Cash
Emmylou: 'Nuff said.
Jenny Kerr: Awesome unknown.
Buddy Miller: Deserves more credit as a vocalist, not just a picker.
Neko Case & Raul Malo
I gotta go with Neko.
What about John Fogerty!

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