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There Is Good Music Out There

Updated on September 24, 2012

Turning on the radio today is risky, the bombardment of today's "hits" can be exhausting for anyone over the age of 21. Today's music can be hard to understand, let alone enjoy. Instead of sounding like every other person my age and complaining about today's music, I decided to write about some of the good music that can be found today.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops - Starting out in 2005 as a trio, this band has tirelessly toured the country. I was able to see them last year and they are amazing to watch live. They play an older style music, but with modern day influences. Member Justin Robertson says “Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians.” Well said.

Ben Harper - Ben Harper has been at it for quite some time now. At 19, he released his first album and almost 20 years later he is still at it. Mr. Harper has some incredible songs in his catalogue, and continues to make great heartfelt music today.

The Avett Brothers - Bluegrass, folk, and rock intertwine when listening to The Avett Brothers. Their last cd, I, and Love, and You is a perfect example of all of these styles mixed together beautifully.

Eden Brent- The award winning singer/pianist has a unique style of jazz and blues. I was amazed to find out she was a modern artist the first time I heard her music. She won both acoustic blues album of the year and newcomer of the year in 2009, and was nominated for best blues album n 2011 by the Independent Music Awards.

Citizen Cope- Clarence Greenwood, or Citizen Cope as he's known, has a distinct style all of his own. Combing elements of soul, hip hop and folk, the singer/songwriter has been recording and touring the last 10 years and has 4 albums available. I would definitely recommend 2004's The Clarence Greenwood Recordings for starters.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - With their throwback sound, this band combines blues and soul seamlessly. With two albums to date, both Tell Em What Your Name is and this year's Scandalous are worth checking out.

Feist - With her new album, Metals, Leslie Feist has added another gem to her collection of great albums. The four time Grammy nominee gained popularity after her single, 1234 was used in an Apple commercial in 2008. Before she went solo, Feist was s member of the group Broken Social Scene.

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - The funk/soul sound of The Dap kings, combined with Ms. Jones powerful voice make this a must have for any music lover. 100 Days, 100 Nights, and 2005's Naturally are recommended.

The Black Keys - The two Ohio natives have been at it for quite some time and have gained some mainstream popularity after several acclaimed releases. Their powerful blues/rock sound have earned them 5 Grammy nominations and 3 awards.

Taj Mahal - At 69 years old, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks just keeps getting better. Known as a blues musician, there isn't one genre Taj Mahal fits in to. Elements of world music, reggae, rock, and soul all find there way into a Taj Mahal album. His latest album, Maestro, is a perfect example. I was lucky enough to have front row seats a concert last year and he did not disappoint.

The list above is just a sample of music that is out there today. You may not hear these groups on your pop radio stations, but I find it much more enjoyable than the cookie-cutter pop bands of today. There are many other lesser known acts to be found, and I will always be on the hunt for good music, and complaining about these kids of today.


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    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      mumford and sons are fantastic

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I'm not all that familiar, I keep meaning to check them out...I will have to do that.

    • JoshuaDR profile image


      6 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I'm going to check out a few of these bands. I like the Black Keys. And I really like the Avett Brothers. I have my tickets to see them in Feb. when they come to town.

      How do you feel about Mumford and Sons. I saw them this summer and they were great live.

    • Indi.kreations profile image


      7 years ago

      I heart Ben

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I saw the Carolina Chocolate Drops last year with Steve Earle, and both were very impressive. Ben Harper, Feist and the Black Keys are also great! Good hub. Have you visited my music hubs?

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Ben is one of my favorite musicians, I'll check out dmpulse, thanks!

    • DeborahNeyens profile image

      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for the list. I love the Black Keys, Avett Brothers and Ben Harper. Haven't hear some of the others but will check them out.

      A friend of mine runs a non-profit internet radio station that plays music from new artists. I've discovered a lot of good stuff by listening. If you want to check it out, it's

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      Great info here. We are so lucky to have such a variety of great music to choose from and so many new artists with fresh ideas and sound. Thanks for sharing, Voted Up!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Jenubouka, I've seen Ben twice, but both times were in large venues, that's pretty cool!

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      7 years ago

      Great band pics here Weesto, I once saw Harper playing in a small bar in Seattle during a rehearsal he was down to earth and humored my awe starstruck persona when all I could do was nod and stare.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      I love the Black Keys, that song is addictive! The Avett Bros came here not to long ago and I missed it. I'm sure they would be great live. Thanks for commenting!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      It's always a good time when I read your hubs, Weestro. The Avett brothers came to UNC when I was a student. I didn't see them because I didn't know enough about their music and I didn't have that kind of money. However, I am definitely interested in checking them out and Black Keys. "Tighten Up" got stuck in my head when I saw the "Bad Teacher" trailer. Great as usual!


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