Best Singer-Songwriters

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Best Singer-Songwriters#1
Posted: 11/26/07 at 2:42am
Both current and past.

I'm looking for some new music.

Just bought Patty Griffin's Impossible Dream and Sufjan Steven's Michigan. Both wonderful.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#2
Posted: 11/26/07 at 6:10am
Nellie McKay
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#2
Posted: 11/26/07 at 9:30am
I love Sufjan and Nellie!

More of my favorites are: Rufus Wainwright, Ani Difranco, Eric Himan, Beth Orton, Linda Perry, Rachel Sage, Mary Prankster, Bitch and/or Bitch & Animal, and Toshi Reagon.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#3
Posted: 11/26/07 at 9:44am
Look at Neil Finn, the Finn Brothers, and Crowded House.
Also Regina Spektor, Maria McKee, Carol King, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Kate Bush, and if you like Patti Griffin, check out Tift Merritt.
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. ~ Muhammad Ali
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Posted: 11/26/07 at 9:55am
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#5
Posted: 11/26/07 at 10:07am
Bob Dylan, Laura Nyro, Derek Webb, Lyle Lovett, Ben Folds, James Taylor, Aimee Mann, Lauryn Hill, Dar Williams, Dolly Parton, Jewel
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#6
Posted: 11/26/07 at 10:21am
Carole King
The Carpenters (Richard wrote most of the lyrics and music)
Happy...Everything! Kaye Thompson
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#7
Posted: 11/26/07 at 10:28am
if you like Patty Griffin i recommend Kasey Chambers and Lori Mckenna. another great artist is Ellis Paul, although his last CD kind of sucks as it's all lullabies. but his other CDs are great.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#8
Posted: 11/26/07 at 2:15pm
Jeff Buckley, Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson (just saw him live and he was amazing), Damien Rice, Ben Folds

I also had the pleasure of seeing an up and coming singer songwriter from NY open at a show I was at recently. Her name is Ingrid Michaelson and her performance was sheer perfection. I highly recommend checking out her music.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#9
Posted: 11/26/07 at 4:29pm
Once again, check out Tift Merritt. She's incredibly underrated...listen to "Good Hearted Man"
Tift Merritt Myspace
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. ~ Muhammad Ali
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#10
Posted: 11/26/07 at 5:57pm
ooh i love Tift Merritt's cd "Tamborine". i have to agree with that one. i played that CD out for a long time.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#11
Posted: 11/26/07 at 6:15pm
Phebus, Ingrid Michaelson is amazing. I saw her a few weeks ago and am seeing her again on Dec. 11.

My list goes on and on since it's my favorite genre:

John Denver
Carole King
James Taylor
Glen Hansard
Dolly Parton
Brad Peterson (local Chicago guy)
Ingrid Michaelson
etc
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#12
Posted: 11/26/07 at 7:15pm
Rufus Wainwright
Ingrid Michaelson
Suzanne Vega (I'm surprised she hasn't yet been mentioned)
Carole King
Regina Spektor

Two that are not widely known, if at all:
Sylvie Lewis www.myspace.com/sylvielewis
Mieka Pauley www.mieka.com

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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#13
Posted: 11/27/07 at 12:38pm
I like a lot of the old schoolers...

James Taylor
Dan Fogelberg
Billy Joel
Elton John
Cat Stevens
Jim Croce
Carole King
Joni Mithcell


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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#14
Posted: 11/27/07 at 12:41pm
Jane Siberry aka Issa Light
Ingrid Michaelson
Jewel
Joni Mitchell

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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#15
Posted: 11/27/07 at 12:49pm
John Lennon
Brian Wilson
Ellie Greenwich
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Nicks
Neil Diamond
Paul Simon
Bob Dylan
Carole King
Jill Scott
Carly Simon
Kurt Cobain


I know I'm forgetting a lot...
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#16
Posted: 11/27/07 at 12:50pm
Sufjan Stevens, yeah absolutely
Also Dan Bern
and totally unrelated, the man, the legend, Mr. Jacques Brel.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#17
Posted: 11/27/07 at 12:56pm
Patty Griffin. Seeing her live is like a religious experience. You should get her new dvd the "Live from the artists den" while it is rather short, it is amazing.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#18
Posted: 11/27/07 at 3:56pm
nina gordon, jason walker(not the rap one), pat monahan, mat kearney, gavin mikhail, jeff buckley, joshua radin, and andrew mcmahon(from Something Corporate/Jack's Mannequin fame)...others to come.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#19
Posted: 11/27/07 at 5:23pm
my two favorite are Ben Folds and Sufjan Stevens

I also like Aimee Mann, Damien Rice, Matt Nathanson, Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Jack Johnson, and Ray LaMontagne
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#20
Posted: 11/27/07 at 5:29pm
First name that came to my mind was Carole King.
Others, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Dan Fogelberg, Joni Mitchell. and I am sure there are many more.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#21
Posted: 11/27/07 at 5:52pm
Ben Harper, John Ondrasik(aka Five For Fighting), and Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind)
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#22
Posted: 11/27/07 at 5:59pm
Shawn Colvin is a long-time favorite of mine.
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#23
Posted: 11/27/07 at 6:07pm
Johnny Mercer
Hoagy Carmichael

Oldies but goodies....
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re: Best Singer-Songwriters#24
Posted: 11/27/07 at 6:21pm
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