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.[1] Powell is also a recording engineer and producer, with, as of 2018, his own Cypress House Studio in Breaux Bridge, near Lafayette, Louisiana.[2]

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.[1][3]


  • 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)[4]
  • Walking Through Clay (Sugar Hill/Welk Music Group, 2014)[5]
  • I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country four-EP set - various artists (Valcour Records, 2015)[4]
  • Cajun Accordion Kings (and the Queen) various artists (Valcour Records, 2015)[4]
  • When I Wait for You (Vertical, 2020)

See also Balfa Toujours.


  1. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Dirk Powell Biography". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ Giddens, Rhiannon (Introduction); Powell, Dirk (Producer's Note); Track Notes by group members/producer (2019). Borden, Carla (ed.). "Liner Notes: Songs of Our Native Daughters" (pdf). folkways.si.edu. Smithsonian Folkways. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Dirk Powell Biography". Dirk Powell. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Valcour Records". Valcour Records. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  5. ^ "Dirk Powell | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2016.