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Greatest Musician that people have never heard of?

Old 02-06-03, 03:34 PM
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Greatest Musician that people have never heard of?

NICK DRAKE


I guarantee you if you buy the album "Pink Moon", you will forever be changed....
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Of course "never heard of" is relative, but here's a batch of folks that I listen to all the time that sadly aren't too well know:

Alejandro Escovedo
Jon Langford
Neko Case
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Well, I've heard of all four mentioned (and love everyone listed by 12thmonkey). My favorite lesser known musician is Robert Randolph...an incredible pedal steel guitarist. I don't think he'll remain unknown for long.
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I'm not sure that anyone who has had a song featured in a Volkswagon ad can really be an unknown, but I agree that Nick Drake is time well spent. Pink Moon will change your life.

As will anything from
Ali Farka Toure - a terrific African guitar player; the delta blues by way of Mali
The Campbell Brothers - sacred steel, gospel music with weeping and wailing steel guitars. Wow.
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12thmonkey... I love Alejandro Escovedo. Excellent guy. I've also seen the Mekons in concert a few times and love their work.

I can't think of the greatest unknown musician ever, but some good unknowns would be Ron Sexsmith and Freedy Johnston. Of course, that term "unknown" might not work with radical music fans.
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Originally posted by atlantamoi
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Originally posted by 12thmonkey
Of course "never heard of" is relative, but here's a batch of folks that I listen to all the time that sadly aren't too well know:

Alejandro Escovedo

Neko Case
These two are both great.

I'm going to have to cast my vote for The Handsome Family. They're one of the funniest bands I've ever heard, and hardly anyone knows who they are!
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Penny - right on about the Handsome Family !!

a few more:

- Cat Power
- Robbie Fulks
- just about everybody on the Bloodshot Records label
(check 'em out at www.bloodshotrecords.com)

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Martin Sexton: Once you see or hear his live performance it will only make you shake your head that much more at the success that so many talentless artists have today thanks to trend following TV & radio formats.
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gawdarnit.. i've said it once, and i'll say it again:

Mason Jennings

and

The Slackers

there ya go. this topic is finished. lock it up!

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