Another Audiogoner posted about Pandora. It is an awesome site for discovering new music. I'm addicted.
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A few ideas:
Joni Mitchell - early/middle period
Diana Krall - All for you, Love scenes
If you feel like branching out of female vocals, I'd recommend:
Bill Evans - almost anything
William Ackerman - solo guitar albums
Glenn Gould - any Bach album
Also, there's a great site - yourmusic.com - you can do the same thing there that you do on Amazon.
Absolutely, try Pandora. It does Amazon one better as long as you have the time to listen.
From the list you've shared, here are a few artists/albums that come to mind that you may also enjoy:
Damien Rice, "O"
Tori Amos, Too many selections to pick just one, but try "Little Earthquakes"
Ray La Mantagne, "Trouble"
Jack Johnson, "Brushfire Fairytales"
Annie Lennox, "Diva"
Ben Harper, "Fight for your Mind"
Lorenna McKennit, "The Visit"
Emmylou Harris, "Wrecking Ball"
I listen to Hymns from the 49th Parallel frequently. Wonderful album.
Rosanne Cash, "Interiors."
Beth Orton, "Daybreaker."
Patrick Park, "Loneliness Knows My Name."
"A Nod to Bob," a complilation of Bob Dylan songs rendered by artists on the Red House Records label. Besides being a fantastic disc, this one introduced me to some wonderful lesser known artists.
And I heartily concur with the Joni Mitchell and Annie Lennox recommendations.
Great way to start a thread. Your tastes are really much the same as mine. I am listing "must hear" artists/recordings.
Wood Brothers "Ways Not To Lose"
Wayne Hancock "That's What Daddy Wants"
Karan Casey "Songlines"
Iris Dement "Infamous Angel"
Kelly Hogan and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts "Beneath The Country Underdog"
Cowboy Junkies "Trinity Sessions"
Ray Wylie Hubbard "Crusade Of The Restless Heart"
Guy Clark "Cold Dog Soup"
and just for fun:
Lou Reed "Rock and Roll Animal"
Little Feat "Waitin' For Columbus"
If you tend to female vocals with a bit of country/americana, I strongly suggest Shannon McNally, "Geronimo," and "North American Ghost Music." Compares favorably with the recent best of people like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou, and Julie Miller (her "Broken Things" is not be missed). Which is to say, I like Shannon's stuff a lot. "Pale Moon" is the best new cut I heard this summer.
I think you would enjoy the first 3 Cowboy Junkie albums but start with Trinity Sessions and then The Caution Horses then their FIRST album Whites Off Earth Now.
The first 10,000 Manics album will give you a hint of what Natalie Merchant was about before she went solo.
Joan Osbourne's Relish Cd is killer,remember If God was One Us...
If you don't know Cowboy Junkies, definitely worth a spin, as Qdrone says. I might start with Caution Horses, but lots of nice stuff, like Miles from Our Home (but note the music runs to a fairly homogenous sound, across discs).
Other female vocals:
Kasey Chambers, "Barricades and Brick Walls," "Wayward Angel"
Stacey Earle, "Simple Gearle" (Yes, Steve's sister, I think)
Gillian Welch, "Time"
Wailin Jennys, "40 Days."
Robinella, "& CC String Band"
Lucinda Williams, "Carwheels on a Gravel Road" (!) (!)
All the above alt.country-ish.
A lovely jazz voice now starting to be heard nationally belongs to Erin Bode (erinbode.com), as on "Don't Take Your Time"
To everyone that replied...THANK YOU!
FYI, I already own a few of the suggested cd's:
Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, Lorenna McKennit, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and the Cowboy Junkies.
There were many suggested cd's that I will certainly seek out as well. I'm heading off to the record store this afternoon!
Thanks for the Pandora website recommendation as well! WOW! is all I can say! Amazing site! I'm hooked!
Raytheprinter, what is the concord site? I've never heard of it before.
Again, thanks everyone!