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Dixville
Nov 4, 2008

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.


Ham Wrangler

I am always impressed by music that was written by a talented singer. Once upon a time there were many of these famous singer-songwriters. It seems nowadays they aren't as famous like they were back then.
A few of my favorite examples...
Jackson Browne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowaOsutxA4

James Taylor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WMPgvEmNYQ

Joni Mitchell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm39YkGrHp8


So what singer-songwriters do you like?

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Mel Mudkiper
Jan 19, 2012

I think this is a pretty good draft class overall. It's really shaping up that way because of the water types.


Townes Van Zandt will always be the winner

"Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that" - Steve Earle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zprRZ2wFQD4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Rq-4spRz4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT26-DhnieI

Bonzo
Mar 11, 2004

Just like Mama used to make it!


Dinosaur Gum

Jason Isbell who currently has the #1 Billboard album


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_mI6V5Sx9Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu4dupoC7EE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZaeKwgS7wg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMsUQmS0Bo

The Walrus
Jul 9, 2002




Fun Shoe

matt good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0JGLHGW-dk

john k sampson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JASBqMh1S1c


Stryder
Oct 3, 2002


Michael Penn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSPDTJJchw0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbQ5tfOSuI0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51i2m1d0VQk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YocUmBfrzxM

cnut
May 3, 2016


Gordon Lightfoot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPXL3iEVnCM

TontoCorazon
Aug 18, 2007


Dallas Green has the voice and lyrics of a depressed angel


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVtNp98sj3Y

TontoCorazon fucked around with this message at 18:05 on Jun 4, 2020

20 Blunts
Jan 21, 2017



Country:
John Prine, recently passed away:
s/t debut album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lHkugF0nyI

Gram Parsons
"Return of the Grievous Angel"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PytxPaU6k4

Jerry Jeff Walker, famously wrote "Mr. Bojangles" but this album is better:
Viva Terlingua Live in Luckenbach Texas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT6BzKftZkE

Guy Clark
"LA Freeway" (i heard somewhere that an LA radio DJ locked the door and put this on replay for OJ Simpson)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa7EkXpy8jE

Psychedelic Folk:
Buffy Sainte-Marie
"God is alive magick is afoot"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-GonR4S1to

Roy Harper
"Sophisticated Beggar"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8QTSDMvmlc

JnnyThndrs
May 29, 2001

HERE ARE THE FUCKING TOWELS

Some compelling musicians here, but I have to go with Zevon.


https://youtu.be/Fl0ahDKR0QU


https://youtu.be/GpHm1Hy9jb8


https://youtu.be/b0NlXKPaqZg


https://youtu.be/E3MNG11oynA

JnnyThndrs fucked around with this message at 00:53 on Jun 5, 2020

olives black
Nov 24, 2017

delicious


Wesley Willis

https://youtu.be/3Uc0mAA8_Q4

A Grand Egg
Jan 12, 2020


Apart from Wesley Willis these are all terrible.

People think Trump or Russia is the downfall of America, but its actually apathetic artistic expression.

20 Blunts
Jan 21, 2017



A Grand Egg posted:

Apart from Wesley Willis these are all terrible.

People think Trump or Russia is the downfall of America, but its actually apathetic artistic expression.

suck a gently caress moron

Caesar Saladin
Aug 15, 2004

Please bitches. If nothing else I am a gentleman

elliott smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsixXCnYVfA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74j0Hs9OkOo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLb33LZX4dc

Caesar Saladin fucked around with this message at 02:18 on Jun 5, 2020

The Walrus
Jul 9, 2002




Fun Shoe

A Grand Egg posted:

Apart from Wesley Willis these are all terrible.

People think Trump or Russia is the downfall of America, but its actually apathetic artistic expression.

renowned terrible artists joni mitchell and gordon lightfoot

Zugzwang
Jan 2, 2005

I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not.


Ramrod XTreme

Kelsey Waters isn't famous, but she probably should be because this song kicks rear end:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpTH1ZklyYY
'Cuz you want what you want, even if it don't want you back

Also, Jade Bird (her legal name, lol). Her voice can be hella powerful when she wants it be (check the choruses in Uh Huh), and overall she reminds me of the best of classic rock:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx4CQa5tHaI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42XPnh4VGlI

Another rising star from Australia:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q0t_dDKjyI

Charli XCX's talents are well known, but here's a lesser-known gem of hers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBHL2eW0yJU

And of course, there's the great Tom Waits, and he is Mad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fju9o8BVJ8

Zugzwang fucked around with this message at 03:02 on Jun 5, 2020

grillster
Dec 25, 2004



Josh Ritter - Wolves

Dixville
Nov 4, 2008

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.


Ham Wrangler

Well i think I'm learning that there are plenty of good singer-songwriters now too I was just too lazy to look for them! Or I guess they just aren't described with that terminology anymore. Cool stuff guys

Mel Mudkiper
Jan 19, 2012

I think this is a pretty good draft class overall. It's really shaping up that way because of the water types.


The Walrus posted:

renowned terrible artists joni mitchell and gordon lightfoot

I am an ESL professor and one of my colleagues once had a "learn English through song" class and one of the songs he had students listen to and copy the lyrics for was the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and to this day I consider it the dumbest thing I have ever seen one of my colleagues do

20 Blunts
Jan 21, 2017



Mel Mudkiper posted:

I am an ESL professor and one of my colleagues once had a "learn English through song" class and one of the songs he had students listen to and copy the lyrics for was the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and to this day I consider it the dumbest thing I have ever seen one of my colleagues do

why

Mel Mudkiper
Jan 19, 2012

I think this is a pretty good draft class overall. It's really shaping up that way because of the water types.


listen to the song

20 Blunts
Jan 21, 2017



they could learn how to say those words like Chippewa and stuff you only see in the United States

General Dog
Apr 26, 2008

One death is a tragedy, ten deaths is a statistic. Especially if it saves my job.


Mel Mudkiper posted:

Townes Van Zandt will always be the winner


It's tempting to just put him in the "songwriter" pool.

Mel Mudkiper
Jan 19, 2012

I think this is a pretty good draft class overall. It's really shaping up that way because of the water types.


20 Blunts posted:

they could learn how to say those words like Chippewa and stuff you only see in the United States

listen to the song

snergle
Aug 3, 2013


Mel Mudkiper posted:

listen to the song

one of the guys from broken lizard go to karaoke song is the sinking of the edmund fitzgerald. on their podcast chewin it they talk about how they hate it. i listened to it and its not bad just way to loving long.

Mel Mudkiper
Jan 19, 2012

I think this is a pretty good draft class overall. It's really shaping up that way because of the water types.


snergle posted:

one of the guys from broken lizard go to karaoke song is the sinking of the edmund fitzgerald. on their podcast chewin it they talk about how they hate it. i listened to it and its not bad just way to loving long.

its more just that gordon lightfoot is impossible to understand when he sings

I am a native English speaker and the whole song is gibberish

His annunciation sounds like bob dylan singing into a tin can from the next room

20 Blunts
Jan 21, 2017



Mel Mudkiper posted:

its more just that gordon lightfoot is impossible to understand when he sings

I am a native English speaker and the whole song is gibberish

His annunciation sounds like bob dylan singing into a tin can from the next room

edit: im sorry that was really mean

20 Blunts fucked around with this message at 15:06 on Jun 5, 2020

LargeHadron
May 19, 2009

They say, "you mean it's just sounds?" thinking that for something to just be a sound is to be useless, whereas I love sounds just as they are, and I have no need for them to be anything more than what they are.


OP, you might find that Leonard Cohen does it for you if you substitute "has a pleasing voice and manner of delivery" for "talent singer". The man was primarily a poet and novelist before he became a musician (he was 33 when he released his first album!), and as such, the beauty is mostly concentrated in the lyrics. Try either Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) or Songs of Love and Hate (1969) as a starting place.

General Dog
Apr 26, 2008

One death is a tragedy, ten deaths is a statistic. Especially if it saves my job.


Sara Bareilles is a great singer who's written a few great songs and a lot of bad ones.

Zlodo
Nov 24, 2006

im a terrible sa citizen


Pauline Skott
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzNOFH7NQYo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfTUs-s_XkI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3fJAeNXloU

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grillster
Dec 25, 2004



Shawn Pander
https://soundcloud.com/shawnpander/...der-black-white

Allison Krauss - The Lucky One

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