The ultimate expression of the DIY ethic, iconoclastic singer-songwriter Artist burst onto the contemporary folk scene while still in her teens. Her confrontational lyrics, aggressive, percussive acoustic guitar playing, and unconventional image marked a new direction for folkie troubadours. Building up a huge grass-roots following through incessant touring and self-released albums, she was the first artist to achieve major success through truly independent means. By the end of the 1990s, her spare, acoustic sound had come to encompass everything from full-band rock to horn-driven funk and her Righteous Babe label (located in her hometown of Buffalo, New York) had become the home of other respected artists from Utah Phillips to Arto Lindsay. After writing and recording a new album virtually every year since 1990, DiFranco finally released a career retrospective in 2007, as well as a book of poems, and shows no signs of slowing down.