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Hey y'all. I just picked up a couple of cd's (yes, I still buy them... you can't beat reading liner notes and holding something in your hands...mp3's just don't cut it) by two of my favorite singer/songwriters... which got me to thinking. Other than JJ, of course, who are your favorite singer/songwriters? Here's my Top

1. Jason Isbell (former Drive-by Trucker...as good as his songs with DBT's are, his solo stuff is even more awesome)
2. Matraca Berg (country girl, writes some deep stuff lyrically, and I can't think of one of her songs I don't like)
3. John Hiatt (need I say more?)
4. Patterson Hood (Drive-by Truckers)
4a. Mike Cooley (Drive-by Truckers)
6. Sarah McLachlan (such a dreamlike quality...)
7. Stevie Nicks (I'm still in love with that woman...named my oldest daughter after 2 of her songs)
8. Neil Peart (Ok, some of Rush's old stuff was flat out weird, but anything after Moving Pictures is great!)
9-11. Johnny, Donnie & Ronnie Van Zant (Skynyrd, Van Zant, .38 Special... fun stuff)

And I'm sure if I thought really hard about it, I'd come up with a few more...



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In no particular order.

Waters, Gilmour, Barrett - Pink Floyd
Gordie Downey - Tragically Hip
Phil Lynott - Thin Lizzy
Lennon, McCartney
Frank Zappa
JJ Cale
Bob Dylan
Neil Young
Johnny Cash
Jim Morrison - Doors 
Steve Earle
Don Henley
Peter Gabriel
Van Morrison
John Prine
Freddy Mercury - Queen
Bob Seger
David Wilcox
Bon Scott - AC/DC


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As helix77 did before me, here's my list in no particular order.....
 
Bruce Springsteen
Pete Townsend (a brilliant and twisted mind who wrote some of the angriest music ever. It wasn't until I was about 22 that I realized that the Squeeze Box the Who is referring to was NOT an accordian!)
Paul Simon (has written some of the most beautifully poetic songs, steeped in imagery and symbolism. Geek that I am, I will come right out and admit that not only do I LOVE Simon & Garfunkel, I know EVERY song they ever recorded)
Bob Dylan (I recently poured over his back catalogue and was mesmerized once again by the genius of this man!)
Neil Young
Freddie Mercury
David Bowie
Carol King
John Lennon (to this day I choke up everytime I hear In My Life)
Brian Wilson
Van Morrison (Astral Weeks......enough said!)
Peter Gabriel
Eric Clapton
Eddie Vedder (nobody does angst the way this guy does!)
Stevie Wonder
Chuck Berry
Buddy Holly
Prince
Sam Cooke
Bob Marley
Paul Hewitt (Bono)
Roger Waters/David Gilmour
Otis Redding
John Fogerty
Robert Plant/Jimmy Page
Frank Zappa
Jimi Hendrix
Elton John/Bernie Taupin
Don Henley/Glenn Fry
Billy Joel (1970's)
Jackson Brown
Cat Stevens
Leonard Cohen (other people sing his songs better, but he goes on any greatest songwriters list if not for Hallelujah alone!)
Tracy Chapman
Chrissie Hynde (because she is one cool ass bitch!)
Bo Didley
Dave Matthews (because his music was the soundtrack of my 20's)
Dolly Parton (don't Laugh, she is a great songwriter!)
Ani DiFranco

 
Okay, I'll stop now otherwise I could go on for pages and pages!
 


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Page and Plant, Zeppelin, enuf said... 


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Giggles - GREAT list and backatcha on Simon & Garkfunel.  December 21, 2003, I saw them in Atlanta.  Never thought I would see them perform together and it was a great experience!

My favorites in no particular order:

Paul Simon (mostly the S&G catalog)
Lennon/McCartney
Ryan Adams
Jimmy Buffett
Don Henley/Glenn Fry
Gordon Lightfoot
Will Kimbrough
J.J. Grey

When I think singer/songwriter - I think of someone who writes a song, can play it solo on guitar or piano, and still makes you want to listen without a lot of show.


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Slick - I'm with you also on buying CDs.  I just downloaded my second full length CD.  That's right - only two.  I'd much rather have a physical copy of something than a bunch of ones and zeros on my hard drive.

That being said - is the day of buying CDs coming to an end?  I sure hope not, but I bet with this iCloud and stuff like that coming out, we are going that direction.  Heck, I miss buying albums, with the big art and liner notes.....I don't miss the pops and skippin' though.
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I am here to say that I have never downloaded any cds.  I agree with slick and swampcracka (love your avatar btw!)


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Giggles - GREAT list and backatcha on Simon & Garkfunel.  December 21, 2003, I saw them in Atlanta.  Never thought I would see them perform together and it was a great experience!

Swamp Cracka, I am blessed to be born of a Hippie mother who thought it only natural to expose her young children to the beauty and joy of music. My mom carted myself and my 2 younger siblings up to NYC to see the EPIC Concert in Central Park; to this day even thinking about it makes my skin break out in goosebumps. I sure do love me some Simon & Garfunkel.......


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Good gravy Giggles. You were at the EPIC CONCERT of all time?  Wow.  I know I've listened to it 1000 times, but I would have broken out in hives when they launched into "America".  How many people were there?  I've heard crazy numbers.

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I was 10 or so when my mom took us out of school to see this concert and I remember at first I was TERRORFIED by the sea of people surrounding me but once the music started, I was instantly soothed. Supposedly there were 500,000 people there, I am not sure how accurate that figure is but all I know is that there were people as far as the eye could see.


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That is what I've heard too - 500,000 people.  I've seen the pictures of the crowd and it is amazing.  I think if I had been there, that would have been a top 10 life event for me.  I hope I have the opportunity to take my daughter to something like that when she is old even to remember.  And I hope it's not a boy band or pop princess show.

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Other than JJ....

Jason Isbell
Mike Cooley
Patterson Hood
Todd Snider
Dylan Leblanc
Neil Young
Hayes Carll
Justin Townes Earle
Joe Pug


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^^^^^^^^^^^^


Check it out, back to back cracka's




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