What are your favorite obscure musical artists?
I'm looking to broaden the taste of my musical pallet. Please try and refrain from naming mainstream bands or musicians. Suggestions anyone?
Dishwalla is a really good band. I don't think people have heard much of their songs, except maybe remembering them for their hit song "Counting Blue Cars". Its lead singer, J.R. Richards came out with a solo album this year, "A Beautiful End". I find the whole album great. I hope you can check it out some time.
Four Bitchin Babes. Saw them 2 years in a row at the annual Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival, (I wouldn’t call them or most of the artists I saw there folk) and later in Springfield IL. They have absolutely beautiful ballads like “What Would I Do Today (If I Was Brave)”, and zany crazy songs like the Viagra song and the “Nervous Wreck of the Edna Fitzgerald”.
The Gipsy Kings from the South of France. They sing in Spanish but my Mexican friend could barely understand them when we saw them. Five or six guys playing acoustic. I don’t know what they’re singing, but it sounds delicious.
Anne McCue from Australia. Saw her tour with Heart. She is a guitar virtuoso. Lyrics suggest some depression history, but still great stuff. Favorite is “Stupid”.
Catherine Denise, singer and Blues guitarist from Austin.
Reckless Kelly, popular TX band.
Frank Turner is a personal favourite, someone who is delightfully in that middle ground of being relatively obscure yet still available on youtube.
"John Reuben Zappin" is a favorite of mine, he does a lot of experimental stuff with rap and alternative rock. The only song of his that I have ever heard played on the radio, popularly, is "nuisance." If you want some stuff that challenges your imagination and maybe even your perceptions of life, his music should not be too much of an acquired taste. Not so good for easy listening, unless you're in a contemplative or examinable mood. I think his music gets easier to listen to as you get used to each song.
The band "Every Man's Hero" is a punk rock/screamo band from the 80's and 90's. The lyrics center around self-worth, victory over hate and drugs, not giving up and not giving in. They're nice to listen to after a day when your best efforts were not good enough, and people are treating you like you have failure kooties that threaten to infect them as well.
"Misty Edwards" has deep spiritual meanings in all of her songs. The electric guitar and piano mix well with her penetrating voice. I never use the word 'uncanny' but it seems to fully suit her musical passion. I think her music is refreshing and renewing.
Okay, I like this question coz most of my favourite artists are obscure! So here are some of the most bizarre:
HOVEN DROVEN: Heavy folk rock from Sweden! Their albums are pretty hard to find.
SENSITIVE NEW AGE COWPERSONS: Humorous bluegrass music from Australia!
VIALKA: Crazy experimental balkan rock music! Like Gogol Bordello on acid.
TH' LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS: Rockabilly punk bluegrass gypsy folk.
MARTYN BENNETT: Sadly barely known multi instrumentalist, turn tablist and producer. His music was an awesome mix of drum n bass, trance, jazz and traditional Scottish folk music!
I like the Red Elvises (surf punk), Al-Pha-X (chilled), Alabama Thunderpussy (headbanging), Texas Hippie Coalition (headbanging), and the October Project (melodic rock) to name a few.
I listen to mostly R&B HipHop etc.... so I think its alittle odd, that I love Elivs Costello & Harry Conick Jr!! There is something soooo sexy about their voices!
Burnt Toast and Jam from central Wisconsin (mostly Shawano I believe) supposedly they have turned down several major record labels because they love their music more than money. They are a bluegrass outfit that is nothing short of extraordinaire.
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