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Favorite singer/songwriters

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by page, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. This is a classic indeed, who are yall's favorite singer songwriters?
    Name em and tell what your favorite album of theirs is.

    Mine are:

    Cat Stevens: Firecat and Teaser , this album is pure, simple and genius. My favorite songs on it are The Wind and Morning Has Broken.

    Tom Waits: RainDogs but it changes everyday. Tom is amazing and I wish I was half as cool as he is. He displays saddness like no other.

    Joe Strummer :Global a Go-Go, not what you'd expect from the father of punk but its great anyway. Usual political lyrics but instead of raging punk rock its more like folk/roots rock/ reggae. Joe is brilliant to me.

    Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby, a great album and a great artist, he was one of the first avant garde rock writers and he always wrote awesome lyrics.

    Van Morrison - Astral Weeks, majestic and beautiful , van is a truly gifted at love songs.

    Nick Cave- Murder Ballads, an evil ladiesman of sorts ..........cool as hell.

    Jim Croce- awesome pop songwriter , died too early


    Carly Simon: Live, Go ahead and laugh, but my mom got me hooked on Simon.........im a big fan.
  2. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Richie Havens, no explanation is needed
    Sam Beam, dude responsible for Iron and Wine
    Johnny Cash, the original OG
    Steven Von Till, similar to Lanegan vocally, but I did him more

    Also, the guy from Boxharp.

    and a ton of others that escape me at the moment.
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    Harry Nilsson
  4. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    Paul McCartney
    John Lennon
    Warren Zevon
  5. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I don't necessarily think of McCartney and Sting as "singer/songwriter" as much as "band leader/songwriter". They both have formidable singing skills as well as songwriting chops, but I can't imagine them touring solo with an acoustic guitar and/or piano.

    My favorites who write brilliant music and are just as (or more) "at home" with an acoustic guitar or piano as they are with a band are:

    Bruce Cockburn
    Joe Jackson
    Sam Phillips
    Maria McKee
    Marshall Crenshaw
    T-Bone Burnett (who sadly hasn't done an original album for well over a decade)
    I'm not laughing, Carly Simon is brilliant.
  6. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    ...I'm bringing this back:

    1. Neil Young (Harvest, After The Gold Rush, Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps, Freedom) I couldn't pick just one! One of the greatest songwriters ever, in my opinion, and a fantastic guitar player.

    2. Matthew Good (Avalanche) I'm sure many of you haven't heard of Matt Good, but seriously check out his stuff. Avalanche is an incredible album. Lyrics are incredible, as is his voice.

    3. Cat Stevens (Cat Stevens [Box Set]) I only have his box set, but his music is very - at the risk of sounding cliche - uplifting.

  7. bassguitarist08


    Jun 12, 2006
    Bon Jovi/Richie Sambora: Any Album But H.A.N.D.

    Bryan Adams: Room Service

    Guns N' Roses: Appetite for Destruction

    Aerosmith: ahhh crap I forget..Greatest Hits??
  8. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    Eddie Vedder, Johnny Cash, Mark Lanegan....and some others i cant remember now.
  9. vic_6


    Dec 19, 2004
    Manila, Philippines
    i dunno if these are the best really on my list but off the top of my head:

    ben harper & jeff buckley
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Very happy to report with the resurrection of this thread that T-Bone Burnett has released a fantastic new album. Highly recommended to all!
  11. stratology


    Jun 11, 2006
    Tori Amos
  12. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Bob Dylan is THE poet of our time.
  13. Martin Sexton

    go to www.Martinsexton.com

    the guy is too good to believe!

    I've seen him 9 times.
  14. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Willie Nelson
    Tom Waits
    Sufjan Stevens
    David Eugene Edwards
    Ben Harper