My post on female instrumentalists in June was a big hit, and so was the follow-up earlier this month! Consequently, I will be pumping this well of content in this and future posts - and I may even have an idea for a regular series based on it!
Christy and Stephanie both mentioned guitar virtuoso Kaki King:
Renee reminded me of my middle school fave, Fallin’ by Alicia Keys:
Bravo had a couple of great suggestions. The first was Mo Tucker, drummer for the Velvet Underground (who seem to have a great good bit of problematic content, I should note for the sake of stuff). This is “I'm Waiting For The Man”:
Joanna Newsom, a harpist and singer/songwriter also suggested by Bravo, is an artist I’ve heard of but haven’t bothered to check out yet. I like her creepiness and odd, striking voice. This is "The Book of Right On".
Lyrics in comments!