Joan Baez has been as busy as ever in the five years since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.
Joan Baez was one the best troubadours from the '60s folk revival scene. She was not only one of the earliest visible female songwriters in American popular culture, but she was also (and continues to be) a political advocate for women's rights, LGBT, civil rights. The Indigo Girls emerged a bit later in the mid-'80s, but were one of the first openly gay acts in mainstream music. Like Baez, they've been human rights political advocates throughout their career, plus they wrote a whole bunch of great folk-rock tunes. (Amulya Datla)