Post by Porscheguy on Apr 26, 2013 17:39:47 GMT -5
I thought it would be fun to create a thread that would highlight musicians/bands that have labored and/or flown under the radar for many years creating great music that has many times gone unknown for most. I think this is a great way to expose other forum members to some new musicians and their music. Doesn't matter what the genre, just try to pick the ones that you really think deserve a place here - ones that have paid their dues over a period of time. (It would be great if a Mod could make this a sticky). So here we go.....
Neal Morse is my opinion is truly one of the great musicians of our time. He is a great songwriter, guitarist and keyboard wizard that has been around for many years. Along with his many solo efforts (18 I believe) he was also in Spock's Beard until 2006 and has been in Transatlantic since it's inception with Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater. It is impossible to describe Neal's music because it covers so many styles and moods. From heavy like the album Solo Scriptura to almost pop like in Spock's Beard and progrock/fusion from Transatlantic and everything else in between. He is truly the most versatile musicians I know of but most people know very little about him. No matter what you like he's got something for you I hope. Please take some time and have a listen some some of his wonderful music. I've picked a few songs, but his body of work is prolific. Funny, he looks more like a high school teacher than a rockstar :-)
Nick Cave (of the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds band). He's not really that famous in North America but has quite a following elsewhere. I've posted a few of his works in the "Currently listening" thread over time.
Willie Dixon has written many of the songs covered by Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers, Megadeath, Etta James, Aerosmith... such a vast genre of bands have used his stuff.
He said "Blues are the roots of music and other genres represent the fruits" (not his exact words but near enough).
Erik Norlander/Lana Lane fit in here I think, sit back with an old scotch and go for a ride..
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Mark Knopfler - He wrote most of the songs for Dire Straits. Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing are examples of his superb guitar skills. But he's written many other songs and movie scores. He produced albums for Bob Dylan and wrote Private Dancer for Tina Turner's comeback. Others he's written for include Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffett, Aztec Camera, Randy Newman and Randy Travis.
He's still touring and puts on a superb show. Unlike many others, he actually encourages cameras and recording devices at his concerts (as long as they're for private use).
It would be easy to write off David Arkenstone as a elevator or spa music guy but I think he is a very talented musician. He has published more than 50 albums, and on many he writes all the music and plays all the instruments. No doubt he is on the mellower side of things, and a lot of is style is in the Irish Folk genre. I play a lot of his CD's as background and dinner music - Celtic Chillout, Chillout Lounge are favorite as is Spirit Wind which are songs reminiscent of our Native American roots. I have 10 of his CD's like them all. Just great relaxing music. And the ladies love this style too. :-)
Citizen of The World is a great piece of Music. The whole CD is fabulous.
A lot of my favorite surprises are artists that are slightly raw and not quite fully there. But still entertaining. All on youtube: Sleepy man banjo boys. Pomplamoose. Cimorelli. Walvis2007 (classical music played with baroque instruments).
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Post by Porscheguy on Apr 27, 2013 16:59:41 GMT -5
Mark truly is truly a force in bluegrass for sure, but this guy is a jack of all styles and could easily be the principal violinist in any symphony orchestra. His body of work is immense and spans many genre's. One hell of a violin/fiddler.
The last minute of Sweet Suzanne is amazing. What players!
Hey Ed: Great voice as I will look him up on Amazon.He should sound great on my new Super Charged Song Towers I ordered a few weeks ago.I ordered them with the new 6 inch woofers that Jim Salk is just releasing.
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