Dirk Powell is an American fiddler and banjo player. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo styles. Powell is also a recording engineer and producer, with, as of 2018, his own Cypress House Studio in Beaux Bridge, near Lafayette, Louisiana.
Powell has won four Grammy Awards and has been a guest on American television shows including Late Night with David Letterman, the Today Show, and American Masters. He was a longtime member of the Cajun band Balfa Toujours. Powell has recorded with Rhiannon Giddens, Loretta Lynn, Irma Thomas, Tim O'Brien, Kyle Carey and Eric Clapton.
- If I Go Ten Thousand Miles (Rounder, 1996)
- Songs from the Mountain (Howdy Skies, 1999)
- Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell (Rounder, 1999)
- Hand Me Down (Rounder, 1999)
- Time Again (Rounder, 2004)
- A Fret Free Christmas (Valcour, 2010)
- Walking Through Clay (Sugar Hill/Welk Music Group, 2014)
- I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country four-EP set - various artists (Valcour Records, 2015)
- Cajun Accordion Kings (and the Queen) various artists (Valcour Records, 2015)
See also Balfa Toujours.
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