Best lesser known and underappreciated songwriters.

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  1. mehhhh

    mehhhh Senior member

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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.
     


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    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
     


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    Well damn, that will keep me busy for awhile. Preesh broski.
     


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    Delbert McClinton
    John Prine
    Gram Parsons
    Steve Earle
    J J Cale
    Fabrizio De AndrÃ[​IMG]
     


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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.
     


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    mm84321 Senior member

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    Brandon Flower's solo work is really quite good, in my opinion.
     


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    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?
     


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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
     


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    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.
     


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    ^ 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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