Two that come to me right off are Linda Eder and Loreena McKennit. Linda has a great Christmas Album released last year.
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Bob Dylan. not sure i can explain how, when, or why this man has had such an impact on me. I remember when I was 13 years old, I was reading a book of songs by this guy called Bob Dylan. It blew me away. I was hearing these songs years before. My Mom used to play a lot of Peter, Paul, and Mary. After reading "A Hard Rains a gonna fall" was the time this artist deeply touched me. Have been ever since. I am still touched. Must be another one of those mental things.
I can't think of words that can explain why I feel the way I do about this man. Probably because i am so bad with words and expressing thoughts, but he could do it for me. I truly believe he is not just a genius, but the most influential artist rock has given us. And much more.
Rasa - Indian influenced, deeply spiritual, beautiful.
Jane Siberry, esp "When I was a boy", would love to hear this on vinyl
Kim Ritchie's new cd (great lyrics, reminds me of Beth Orton, Aimee Man)
Laurie Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Moore, Tori Amos, Daniel Lanois, Emmy Lou Harris's newer cd's, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennit, Sequentia, Sheila Chandra, Lisa Gerrard.
Ayub Ogada from Kenya "En Mana Kuoyo",
The Trance Planet Series - 5 cds from Triloka.
Celtic/African fusion - Baka Beyond's "Spirit of the Forest"
Celtic - The Colour of Memory
There is a an African Choral piece - The Misa Luba. I've heard that the cd version is bad but on vinyl it is amazing.
Tom Waits...well, what can you say, the man is a musical genius! A favorite album would be difficult, but if pressed for a desert island disk I'd say Swordfishtrombone. His new ones are wonderful too.
Tori Amos is also a longtime favorite. If you get a chance to see her perform in a good acoustical setting, RUN don't walk to see her play those keyboards and belt out that wonderful poetry! Boys for Pele is a great album!
I just recently saw Patty Griffin in concert and just can't stop listening to two of her three albums. 1000 kisses is probably my favorite and her most recent.
These latter two have a kind of folksy, even country twang to them, so that really rubs you the wrong way, well..your loss.
Gillian Welch, also puts on a brilliant show. Her partner, David Rawlings, is just an amazing guitar player. Her stuff is pretty somber and beautiful, so you've got to be in the mood, but I do love her music.
There are other performers who I do love to listen to, like Eva Cassidy, Holly Cole, Jacintha, Patricia Barber...but many of the tunes these gifted women do sing are covers. Their originals are good too, but when you talk about long-term staying power, I do like the originality of the ones I listed at the top. Good thread.
The Collegium Vocale under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe for their interpretations of the Bach choral works, in particular the Mass in B-Minor, Magnificat and Easter Oratorio. The Collegium Vocale and Herreweghe deliver the goods by combining authentic instrumentation, period-sized forces, fine soloists, stately rhythms (no windshield wiper tempi here) and an etheric choral tone.
1. The Cowboy Junkies
2. Melissa Etheridge (1st 5 CDs)
3. Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, and Jacintha ballads
4. Johnny Cash, George Jones
5. Buddy Guy,Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin
6. Loreena McKennitt, Mai're Brennan
7. Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt
8. Jerry Lee Lewis, George Thorogood, ZZ Top
And many more. Cheers. Craig
David Hidalgo/Los Lobos
I just listed, in order, the women before the men and stuck to non-classical, primarily for vocals. Jacqueline DuPre is a great choice above.
Although she was not, perhaps, in the same league as a singer, I am still moved every time I listen to Nicolette Larson, but she didnt affect me as much before she passed away.
Man, you guys are going to laugh at this one. In 1967 I was sitting in the jungle in Viet Nam and listening to Nancy Sinatra. I was 19 years old with no political ideology at all and she represented everything why I thought I was there in the first place. A beautiful California blond. She help me through a 13 month tour. You know what? I still listen to her.
Without a doubt, my first selection would have to be James Taylor.
Followed closely by Santana; Led Zeppelin; The Who; The Rolling Stones; The Byrds; Buffalo Springfield; Neil Young; Crosby, Stills and Nash (and Young); Jackson Browne; Bob Dylan; Joni Mitchell; Emmy Lou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; The Eagles; George Harrison; John Lennon; The Jefferson Airplane(but not the Starship); Hot Tuna; Jethro Tull; The Doors; Jimi Hendrix; Johnny Winter; Steppenwolf; Eric Clapton; Cream; Early ZZ Top; Warren Zevon; The Allman Brothers; Warren Haynes and Government Mule; Lynard Skynard; Bad Company; Pure Prairie League, Jerry Garcia; The Grateful Dead; Little Feat (old and new); Lowell George; Steely Dan; Donald Fagen; Dan Fogelberg; Spooky Tooth; AC/DC; Metallica; Tool; Jerry Cantrell;
Keb Mo; Dave Matthews; Natalie Merchant;
Weather Report; Spyro Gyra; Chick Corea and Return to Forever; The Yellowjackets; Fourplay; The Rippingtons and Russ Freeman and Craig Chaquico; Steve Morse; Stevie Ray Vaughn; Buddy Guy; Albert Collins;
Nightnoise and anything off the Wyndham Hill recording label;
These are just a few artists out of my thousands of lps and cds that have had a lasting effect, and are generally in heavy rotation.
Van Morrison-INto the Mystic
Martin Sexton Black Sheep (Oh BAby)
Dave Matthews esp their DVD soundtrack
Grateful Dead esp Dicks Picks
BECK -like Seachange and Mutations
Radiohead OK Computer Kid A
Pink Floyd (Early, Wish you were here and back)
FSOL Future Sound of London
Miles Kind of Blue, Tutu, etc.
Audiogoon, I missed the plural that brucegel mentioned when he said artists. I would have never fogotten such greats as joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Emmy lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Lee Jones, Hendrix, Beatles, Cream. Johnny cash, peter Paul and Mary was what i was raised on. And I should not forget Bobby Darin. This was what i loved most listening to music my parents would play. My Mom is 78 years old. Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash was what this wonerful woman introduced me to. This is just a very few. I could go on till i would bore many of you, if I have not already. Classical is the one thing she would push, and push. Hated it then. I think now i can sometimes tolerate it. Thanks Mom, You may be near 80, but you were well ahead of your time.
For me it is almost always the folk singers and trubadour types. The gals and guys that touch me not only with what they say but how they say it. People like Danny O'Keefe, Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Thompson, Tim Hardin, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell, Eric Anderson, and Nick Drake come to mind. I would have to throw early songs by James Taylor, Paul Simon, Neil Young and Steve Stills in there as well. Cheers, Lee
Well I certainly am no Streisand fan but when she sings "People" it really touches me, so heartfelt. Eva Cassidy's recording of "What a Wonderful World" give me goosebumps as it was her last recording before her most untimely death. It is too bad this wonderful talent wasn't really appreciated to the degree she should have been but finally realized after she was gone.
I am deeply moved by individual performances of many songs. There are uncountable performances by many artists and I wouldn't know where to start.