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Best lesser known and underappreciated songwriters.

post #1 of 55
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Hit me with some ideas. Nothing too rock and roll, but it doesn't have to be straight acoustic acts, either. I'm looking for inspiration to write my own music, currently listening to a lot of the classics- Beatles, Cash, Stones, Cohen, Dylan. Would like to branch out.
post #2 of 55
Van Morrison Townes Van Zandt Tom Waits Gene Clark Tim Hardin Jackson C. Frank Tim Buckley John Cale Ryan Adams Carol King Gram Parsons Richard & Linda Thompson Steve Earle John Martyn Bon Iver Sun Kil Moon Harry Nilsson Mark Hollis Kevin Coyne Bill Fay Linda Perhacs Mark Lanegan Bert Jansch Robert Wyatt Ian Matthews Jonathan Richman Phil Ochs Andrew Bird Perry Leopold Colin Blunstone
post #3 of 55
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Well damn, that will keep me busy for awhile. Preesh broski.
post #4 of 55
Delbert McClinton
John Prine
Gram Parsons
Steve Earle
J J Cale
Fabrizio De André
post #5 of 55
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Well damn, that will keep me busy for awhile. Preesh broski.

Browse this list for recordings.

http://rateyourmusic.com/customchart...one&countries=
post #6 of 55
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Hit me with some ideas. Nothing too rock and roll, but it doesn't have to be straight acoustic acts, either. I'm looking for inspiration to write my own music, currently listening to a lot of the classics- Beatles, Cash, Stones, Cohen, Dylan. Would like to branch out.
Cat Stevens belongs with those two guys at the top.
post #7 of 55
Brandon Flower's solo work is really quite good, in my opinion.
post #8 of 55
SH, you are like a hippy outside of the CE and a crazy Randian inside. very strange.
BTW, that's a good list and reads like one of my ITunes genre play lists.
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SH, you are like a hippy outside of the CE and a crazy Randian inside. very strange.

I prefer to be called a "callous aesthete" but I'm always amused at implied associations between political views and cultural interests, as if enthusiasm for folk music, Andy Warhol, free markets, and property rights are somehow indicative of an oxymoronic personality.

Should I start reading Bill O'Reilly memoirs or wearing hemp frocks to reach accord with either of the two stereotypes society has lazily associated with people based on their political views and taste in music?
post #10 of 55
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I prefer to be called a "callous aesthete" but I'm always amused at implied associations between political views and cultural interests, as if enthusiasm for folk music, Andy Warhol, free markets, and property rights are somehow indicative of an oxymoronic personality.

Should I start reading Bill O'Reilly memoirs or wearing hemp frocks to reach accord with either of the two stereotypes society has lazily associated with people based on their political views and taste in music?

Please, please wear a hemp frock. And be sure to post a picture.
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Harry Nilsson Harry Chapin
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Brandon Flower's solo work is really quite good, in my opinion.

lol
post #13 of 55
All of the Swan Lake/Wolf Parade guys are great: Spencer Krug, Dan Boeckner, Carey Mercer, Dan Bejar. Really skilled, lyrically creative forward thinking songwriters that often challenge the traditional singer/songwriter musicality while clearly maintaining ties to Waits, Bowie, Morrison etc. Be warned, there is lots of lo-fi meandering, but also lots of very nicely produced polished stuff within this collective as well, particularly Bejar's Destroyer project, and also later Sunset Rubdown (Krug). It's all gold though.
post #14 of 55
^ I don't think that's what he's looking for. Leonard Cohen for me is the ne plus ultra though the aforementioned Townes Van Zandt is incredible. Also the Wainwright family (Loudon, Rufus)
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Nick Drake Elliott Smith Jeff Buckley Iron & Wine
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