Also try Eva Cassidy
Originally Posted by BillC
Give Cassandra Wilson's "Blue Light 'till Dawn" and "New Moon Daughter" albums a spin. Great covers of "Come on in my Kitchen", "Tupelo Honey", "Last Train to Clarksville" and more.
I second the Cassandra Wilson recommendation. This artist has tackled everything from free funk to standards to her signature blend of jazz, blues, folk and rock. Her version of "I Can't Stand the Rain" compares very well with the classic original by Anne Peebles.
I also recommend the late Eva Cassidy. Though the was an American, from the D.C. area, her work is little known in the US. She never to my knowledge had a recording contract. She financed the one album that came out in her lifetime herself. After her tragically untimely death from cancer, BBC DJs found (God only knows how) and began playing her incandescant version of "Over the Rainbow."
Her cover of Sting's "Fields of Gold" absolutely SHREDS the original, and has been called possibly the best cover recording of all time (see her bio on All Music Guide www.allmusic.com)
. It became a huge hit in England and the rest of Europe. Absolutely one of the best vocals ever recorded, period, and a track that often makes people cry upon first hearing it.
"Fields of Gold" can be heard on her first album, Live at Blues Alley
, which is absolutely stunning from first track to last. Songbird
is an excellent single-CD overview of her recordings.