Don't think we can leave Loudon on there though without following up with Rufus - a truly remarkable individual even if not everyone's cup of tea vocally - it's a very distinctive style. (Apparently he has been known to introduce his song 'Gay Messiah' noting that it's 'not about Adam Lambert' - he's just joking and besides Rufus has more than earned the right to be cheeky if he wants.)
Rufus Wainwright - Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
Rufus Wainwright - Going to a Town (I'm so Tired of America) -- There are more hard hitting fan vids to this (with better audio) but love seeing Henry Rollins looking so...establishment & respectable :wink: Why I remember...
And because if you added up honest, authentic, brilliant, smart ass, surprisingly sweet and legend, well you'd get Dave Grohl. (And a good reason to remember that many of the greats are 'whatever guys with guitars - wgwg' )
Foo Fighters and (largely) stripped-down, live 'Everlong' (Check out his smile at 3:20)
Is great to see people enjoying exploring all the new and not so new artists being posted here. Adam would be proud I think!
So continuing the musical exploration of Australian artists that people won't know of.
In a way, she reminds me of Adam a bit. She has a sublime live voice and became known for that almost before anything else. She studied voice and music at university and has just released her debut album here in Oz. She is a refreshing change to the pop princesses but has some froth and bubble to her music that is missing from many indie alternatives.
Megan on local show here in Oz where as part artists have to sing songs using words from strangely unrelated books. Her voice is gorgeous:
And from her recently released album - I call it "indie pop":
So going with the theme of sticking it to The Man, I'll contribute a couple of Gill Scott-Heron's most famous songs. He was called the Godfather of hip hop and the black Bob Dylan. I'm not a fan of hip hop but am of big fan his. As serious as the messages of these songs are, they also make me laugh my ass off.
TIme of my weekly addition to the growing plethora of artists populating this thread.
Time for someone who like Adam rose up via a TV show, but in this case was when she was much younger. The show was called Young Talent Time and was a "mickey mouse" style variety show staring talented kids.
She had a couple of very successful albums here in Australia after she left the show and later moved to France where she has lived ever since and had a huge career. She has a lovely voice (would be a great match for Adam).
and doing a duet on Rockwiz show of Kate Bush Don't Give Up - just gorgeous:
and for grins as a 10 year old on the TV show that made her famous here in Oz (yep it was cheezy as all get out):
Okay, now for some new stuff. Ron Isley, formerly of the Isley Brothers released an album today and I found a few of the songs. The youtube was pulled down, but you can listen to a beautiful version of You've Got a Friend, featuring Aretha here.
Was telling my husband about this thread this morning and he suggested his favorite song from the Australian band - The Drones - so here it is. They are a very alternative indie rock band with somewhat a cult following. Hope you enjoy -
I love all kinds of music, including country (even the twang)! Vince Gill has a beautiful voice. Country music can be real and soulful, so I'm all for Adam singing it. Robert Plant's bluesy bluegrass album venture, "Raising Sand" with Alison Krauss is lovely! Here are a couple gems:
And along the lines of singing voices having different accents than speaking voices, this is an interesting example: Norwegian Pop Idol winner, Kurt Nilsen, singing Hank William's country classic "Lost Highway." I love this performance, and listen to him speak at the end. If I hadn't heard him I would have thought he was born and raised in Nashville!
"Alison Krauss has won a record twenty-seven Grammy Awards over the course of her career as a solo artist, as a group with Union Station, as a duet with Robert Plant, and as a record producer. This is more than any other female artist and is the third most won by any artist overall."
Alison (surprise surprise), I've always been a country fan - yep, love the twang too. Since we're talking about angelic voices, I get chills when I hear Emmylou Harris sing this song (and many others). I hope I get to see her live someday.
Had a Pearl Jam morning and thought of this blast from past. Oh beautiful baby Eddie Vedder - he owned my heart. Chris Cornell tells a great story of how Eddie became involved. There was no Pearl Jam yet but Eddie (just in from San Diego) was waiting in the studio to work with Stone Gossard and rest of band that would ult. become PJ. He was listening to Chris trying to sing this but Chris couldn't nail all the notes and was getting frustrated so shy, unknown Eddie stepped up and offered to help.
HUNGERSTRIKE - TEMPLE OF THE DOG
And how the hell did I not know this vid was out there?!!! This is beautiful and genuinely epic. BRIDGEYMAH - were you there?
Pearl Jam + U2 = UJAM and ROCKIN IN THE FREE WORLD (Eddie and Bono <3)