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Best lesser known and underappreciated songwriters.

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by mehhhh, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Jekyll

    Jekyll Senior member

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    Forgot Scott Walker but he's terrific. Also people please stop posting bullshit indie.
     
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    Also people please stop posting bullshit indie.
    lol. OP wants to "branch out". On that note, I would also like to add that some of Against Me!'s earliest work (Tom's Demo through to The Disco Before the Breakdown) contains some great songwriting. Try the Acoustic EP for a taste.
     
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    Also people please stop posting bullshit indie.
    +1, with special exemption for Bonnie Prince Billy. Hey Maggie, did you stumble on a little noise record shop/bar when you were in Jerusalem?
     
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    Townes van Zandt...love him. Also jeff buckley, rodney crowell, and yeah, brandon flowers solo stuff was quite good.

    you also cant go wrong with calssic country. SOme old george jones always strikes my fancy.
     
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    the only ones I have to add to the already-mentioned are:

    Robert Earl Keen (but I could be biased) - he's hit-and-miss, but I quite like Gravitational Forces
    Aimee Mann - pretty much anything she put out post-2000 is solid, though she writes a LOT of melancholy stuff. I need some sunlight and vitamin C when I've been listening to her too long.
     
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    well, if we're going to go aimee mann and re keen ... how about lucinda williams?
     
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    well, if we're going to go aimee mann and re keen ... how about lucinda williams?

    or fiona apple
     
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    Gillian Welch/David Rawlings.
     
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    You might like A. A. Bondy
     
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    Gillian Welch/David Rawlings.

    Already been in love with these two. Fantastic.

    I'm slowly checking this stuff out. It's going to take some time but I'm getting into it, starting with the classics of course.
     
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    Will Oldham / Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
     
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    +1, with special exemption for Bonnie Prince Billy. Hey Maggie, did you stumble on a little noise record shop/bar when you were in Jerusalem?

    I wish man, I was on a very carefully curated trip, but the price was right...we didn't even make it to non tourist trap bars...

    Only Israeli noise/outre music I'm really familiar with is a blackened/death metal group called Melechesh. Very good. I also like the ambient/drone stuff from Oren Ambarchi, who, I'm guessing is Israeli from his name.

    Of course I have an Israeli name and I'm from Virginia.
     
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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.

    There have been many good recommendations thus far, so I won't repeat them. Astonishing, though, that nobody named Joni Mitchell; perhaps they assumed you were already familiar with her work. Most of the songwriters people have listed are natural follow-ups to Cash, Cohen, and/or Dylan. An obvious step from the Beatles and the Stones would be the Kinks (Ray Davies) and the Who (Pete Townshend), although the latter might be "too rock and roll" for you. You might also try getting into more country; with Cash as a jumping off point, check out Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and then see where that gets you. The list of great country songwriters is substantial.

    On a different tack, I recommend Peter Gabriel and Laurie Anderson. Different still, Stephen Sondheim.
     
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    Do you really think any of the people you listed there are "lesser known and underappreciated" though?
     
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    I wish man, I was on a very carefully curated trip, but the price was right...we didn't even make it to non tourist trap bars...

    It's in the center of Jerusalem and sells mostly rare US records and art magazines, along with beer on tap. Thought you might have stumbled on it during free time. Oh well, next year as they say.
     
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    Is Guy Clark considered a lesser known songwriter? I think he is just as talented as TVZ. I'm gonna draw flak for that.
     
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    Do you really think any of the people you listed there are "lesser known and underappreciated" though?

    By whom? Me, no. The OP, perhaps. I have gathered from other threads that he is considerably younger than I, and thus may not be familiar with writers whom I would normally consider blindingly obvious (e.g., 2/3 of StephenHero's list). His reference points don't indicate a knowledge of anyone less obscure than Leonard Cohen. Thus, he may not know anything of the Kinks beyond the two or three biggest hits, which is like "knowing" the Beatles from "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

    If all goes well, he'll let us know what's familiar to him and what isn't and, of the former, what he likes and what he doesn't. From there, the recommendations will conform better to his needs.
     

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