There Is Good Music Out There
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.
- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Official web site of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the world's premier live soul act.
- The Official Ben Harper Website | Give Till It's Gone available everywhere!
- feist | metals
- Carolina Chocolate Drops
Official website for the Carolina Chocolate Drops