jamie, I've loved Willie for years and years. I Never Cared for You is beautiful. Did he write that? And I love anything with Emmylou, so that was a win win. I'll have to check out that album.
Thanks for the Tom Waits. I've heard of him for years, but never listened. I love the singer/songwriters.
One of my favorite Willie albums is Stardust. And yes, I still have it in vinyl and still play it. I think his voice is perfect for those old standards. Almost like he's singing with the megaphone thing (Rudi Valli style). My favorite from that album.
My daughter just sent me a bunch of Graham Stookey vids... This 18-yr-old kid is AMAZING!! Love his guitar playing! I think he's hoping to be "discovered", and he probably should be. I've seen his name on a few celebrity gossip sites, saying he wants to be the next Beiber. Graham isn't doing the same kind of pop as Justin B, so I guess time will tell.
So while we are on the subject of child prodigies here's an oz guy who was first signed when he was 14. He's in his early 20's now. He's a soul singer who has wowed audiences from New York to Europe and back here in oz where he was the support act on Elton John's last tour. His last album was recorded with Nora Jones' producer. I first heard him live at the taping of a TV show here called Rock Quiz and was blown away. Immediately went and checked him out. He has a lovely easy voice that is well beyond his years.
Here he is around the time of his first album (he was 15 I think)
And this is from his second album - he's about 18 or 19 here.
I have no idea where to start with recommendations, so I will be my nerdy music geek self and approach alphabetically. I'll start with "Z" because everyone reading this knows my favorite for letter "A" :lol:
The Zac Brown Band:
From Atlanta, made a name for themselves as a touring band. They are down-home country/southern rock. They have recently achieved commercial and critical success (won last year's Grammy for best new artist). I dont know if they will have longevity, but they are great musicians and I would love to see them in concert for a "knee-slapping" good time. My 15 year old son loves "Toes" and "Chickenfried," and I do too, even though they are more commercial pop country songs.
Here is their performance of a Charlie Daniel's classic that got them a lot of attention:
I usually don't fall for girl singers easily. I have favorites from way back when - Carole King, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt...............
Serena Ryder is another Canadian. She released her first record at age 15 and won a Juno award in 2008 for new artist. I like girl singers with raspy voices or is that vibrato, cassie? According to her website, she has a three octave range. cassie will need to verify that for us - lol.
A Little Bit of Red
It Doesn't Matter Anymore
And because I wanted to show that she sings just as good live: with Adam Cohen (Leonard's son) performing Leonard's song Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye.
One more. She sings on Jason Castro's (another Idol guy that I really really like). I think they sound really beautiful together.
You Can Always Come Home (it starts at about 2:50)
You sound just like me! Probably only 10% of my music library is women. I don't know why this is, because I'm a singer and would hope that others would appreciate my voice.
Never heard of Serena, but I love the tone of her voice (earthy and rich). I am definitely adding her to my list. I really liked Castro's vibe on idol, and he's such a sweet guy too.
Okay, already jumping around, but since we are talking about female singers. I just listened to an interview with Charlotte Church. I haven't thought about her for a while, I really had no idea that she was such a tabloid regular in Britain.
Her CD, Voice of an Angel, was the last gift my voice teacher gave me before she died (I think because I was younger than Charlotte when I started taking lessons from her). Anyway, I had no idea what she had done since this debut CD. She just recorded an album in Nashville (country again :roll:) and she performed one of her songs on the Graham Norton show. I really liked the song and will probably check out the CD.
The song makes me think of Adam. "You're so fine. You don't need to think about it, I'm already under your spell, and I admit I don't even know you well."
In case someone isn't familiar, here she is as a teen:
Here is the interview in which she speaks about her classical training helping her with other genres of music, difficulties of fame, and her thoughts about the lack of "real" singing in pop music. It all related to Adam in my mind (but I guess most things do for me - sigh). She is the first half of the podcast. itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dailybacon-charlotte-church/id292077536?i=88492412
Wow. Talk about different styles of singing. I couldn't get the interview to play, but read her wiki page. Quite the controversial girl. Has she had any success in the U.S.? I wonder if the recording in Nashville is a start at trying to promote her here. She certainly has a great voice and stage presence.
Alison, I forgot to say that I loved Zac and Dave's Funny How Time Slips Away. One of Willie's songwriting masterpieces IMO. I've never really listened to a lot of Dave Matthews. The few songs I've listened to, I wasn't crazy about. Maybe a Dave fan here can steer me towards a few of his songs??????
I just looked through my cd's and there really are very few females. No new ones except Serena.
Kathy Mattea is definitely not new, but unless you listened to country you probably haven't heard of her. She had a few hits and then pretty much disappeared from country radio. A few of my favorites.
This song was written by her husband and is a true story about his grandparents. She won a grammy for best female country vocal in 1990 for it. I dare anyone to listen to this and not cry.
Where've You Been
And this one written by Nanci Griffith (I can't listen to Nanci sing it - don't like her voice at all). Kathy's version is beautiful.
Love at the Five and Dime
Guess you can tell I love story songs.
And a beautiful romantic song (it's sort of my husband's and my song)
A Few Good Things Remain
Okay, we need someone to pop in here with some upbeat stuff.
Here's a recommendation for soul/R&B/funk fans: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
They are part of the soul revivalist movement -- their music is inspired by the soul/R&B music of the 1960s and 1970s. They have influenced neo-soul artists like Amy Winehouse (and in fact the Dap-Kings played on a number of the tracks on her "Back to Black" album, including the single "Rehab).
Here is their myspace page -- it has some recordings, and if you page down, there are also some videos, including a fun collab with Michael Buble from an episode of SNL.
Another suggestion for soul/R&B/funk fans: Nikka Costa.
Her name came up in the news thread today -- Adam is a fan, and Sam Sparro tweeted several months ago that she and Adam were in a studio together. Who knows if anything will come of it, but I think she would be a good collaborator for him -- would love to hear the two of them get funky together.
But regardless of any possible Adam connection, I think Nikka Costa is a very talented singer and someone who might be of interest to fans of this genre. Most of her early career was outside the U.S. -- she released several albums in Europe and Australia. She finally debuted in the U.S. in 2001 with "Everybody Got Their Something".
Neko Case has had a varied career, but she is probably best known for her work with the Canadian group The New Pornographers and her solo career. Her music is somewhat eclectic, but I guess you could say that she works in the genres of indie rock/pop and folk/pop (some of her songs even sound somewhat country to me). I love her voice -- clear, powerful, expressive.
This is a good profile of Neko Case from the NY Times -- in fact, this is the article that inspired me to check out more of her music:
Jamie Cullum is a British jazz-pop singer and musician. His primary instrument is piano, although he also plays guitar and drums. His albums are a mix of original compositions and covers of jazz, pop and occasionally musical theatre songs. I like the way he experiments with arrangements; on his album "Twentysomething" he did a fun reinvention of "I Could Have Danced All Night" (from "My Fair Lady"), and his most recent album "The Pursuit" has a very cool cover of Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" (better than the original, IMHO).
My artist of the day I found one day on itunes completely randomly when I was searching for the song "Get Together" by the Mamas and the Papas. Instead of the original I found the song as done by some one who has become one of my favorite artists.
In a similar genre to Nora Jones and India Arie but with a gorgeous smooth alto voice that just flows around the music without a hint of strain. I have just chosen a couple from YouTube but encourage you to go to iTunes and check out her albums The Orchard and Dreaming While Awake. She has a new album out that is devotional (type) songs that isn't really my thing but the voice is still lovely no matter what she is singing.
bridgeymah, I like Lizz Wright. The kind of album you want to play on a rainy day with the fireplace crackling. Nice.
Seolmate, I'm not Canadian - lol. Had a friend on another board who lived in Nova Scotia and she sent me albums. You can order Charlie's on his website. I highly recommend Live at the Marigold. Great stuff.
Lovin' Her Was Easier is a song written by Kris Kristofferson. I love love love this man. His voice is not great, but I love songs performed by the person who wrote them. For me that's when you really get the heartfelt performance because they know the real meaning of the song better than anyone. Kris is one of the best songwriters ever IMO. I had the honor of seeing him last year. It was in a small theater and I was in the first row. It was like Kris was singing to me in my living room. Amazing experience for a big fan. I cried and so did hubby.
He starred in A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand. Very romantic movie. One of my favorites. I have to post a beautiful song from the movie. Kris doesn't really sing much in it, but it's such a tender and sexy scene and a great song.
It Doesn't Matter Anymore was a hit for was done by Buddy Holly in the late 50's (don't care for that version). It was a hit for Linda Ronstadt in the 70's. I love Serena's version too. Serena put out an album of covers called If Your Memory Serves You Well. I highly recommend it.
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2011 11:03:28 GMT -5 by sugaree
And for today's artist a change of pace. Funny how so many of the people we are all posting are quite cruisey and mellow and Adam is so - well NOT. LOL So in keeping with something a bit more RAWK and RALL I give you...
Tex is somewhat of an alternative musical icon here in Oz. He has had many incarnations, most famously as the front man of the bands The Cruel Sea and Beasts of Bourbon. Most recently he mounted a show called "Man in Black" that told the story of Johnny Cash through his music - when he started singing I could have sworn it was a recording, it was that close. He has a great rock vibe and terrific stage presence. I have seen him live a number of times and he is quite mesmerizing whether he is singing Drummer Boy on a christmas special or his own music or channeling David Bowie. If you like things a bit edgy, unpolished and unpredictable then Tex might be your cup of tea. Definitely won't be everyone's taste.
I love this comment "The whole album smeels like a pub carpet at 4.oo am, beer soaked, dirty and downtrodden and with a hint of the first morning mist bringing a cold focus to yet another hangover."