Pre-falsetto e.g. Whiskeytown. Agreed. Solo stuff not so much.
Iris Dement, now and always.
Steve Earle and his son, Justin Townes both do the same.
For male vocalists, I would agree with Steve and go with John Cowan. His version of Dark as a Dungeon sends chills up and down my spine. I got a lucky break at Merlefest 2013 and got to see Johnny C and newcomer Mike Farris work together on many songs of Before The Flood on Hillside Album Hour. Mike is in John's league in that he can do gospel, soul, blues, rock, you name it. Try is CD Salvation in Lights or his live CD with Roseland Rhythm Revue.
For female, I like kd lang, the earth moma Tracy Nelson, and current voice of Susan Tedeschi (try Midnight in Harlem), and Bonnie Raitt. Tift Merritt ain't bad either.
Alison Krauss. One of the sweetest vocals I've ever heard.
she has a voice of the angels
she has the voice of angels
D'oh! The thread said "Americana". I shoulda sat this one out, as I am not real clear on where the lines between genres are.
How did we miss Aretha? Just listened to her wailing on "Going Down Slow" on the Delta Meets Detroit CD.
On the male side, can we include Sam Cooke?
George Strait can get inside a song better than anyone I know. Try "Milk Cow Blues".
I never have gotten into George Jones though I respect what others say about his greatness. My other country alternatives are Ray Price and Vern Gosdin.