Shelby Lynne. Just a Little Lovin was such an unexpected pleasure. I had no idea she could sing that way. That album has joined my favorite Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holliday albums as all time favorite vocal albums.
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I've had that happen a bunch of times.
I liked the two monster Fleetwood Mac records when they were released in the 1970s, but thought they were just fun, well crafted pop records. It was only when I heard Lindsey Buckingham's 1992 solo effort "Out of the Cradle" that I went back and discovered that Fleetwood Mac/Lindsey Buckingham was as good as rock music gets (for me). He/They have continued to be my "go to" choice for RnR ever since.
Same deal with Todd Rundgren. Liked him in the 60s, but mostly forgot about him after "Something/Anything". I didn't really "get" the impact of his overall catalog 'til a friend pointed it out to me in the late 80s or early 90s.
And I had a similar experience with both Jerry Reed and Shelby Lynne. It wasn't till I developed a taste for country music in general, and Chet Atkins in particular, that I learned that Reed was a serious player. And I wasn't crazy about the pre-"Lovin'" Lynne records, but love that one.
There are a LOT of country and Cajun musicians I originally dismissed, but later developed a great taste for. If a listener is not "calibrated" for a genre (and country music was the perfect example for me for many years), it's easy to miss the point of the music (and the talent of the musician). Later on, in a more receptive state, it's "How did I NOT hear that?"
I count these "rediscoveries" as one of life's great pleasures.
I'd have to say that Elvin Bishop probably falls into that category. He's best known for the one-hit wonder song "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" but he's done so much more great music. Give "Raisin' Hell: Live! or "Juke Joint Jump" a listen. He cut his teeth with the "Paul Butterfield Blues Band" and is quite an accomplished blues guitarist.
Totally agree with Tpreaves. Search on YouTube Odd Couple Roy Clark and be amazed!
Also, I was never a George Michael fan (still not) but search on YouTube for his live performance with Queen (tribute to Freddy Mercury concert) of Somebody to Love.
The first time I saw this on MTV years a go, I was blown away by his vocal ability and stage presence on this song. I had a new respect for his talentnot easy to sing this song and nail it like he doeswhile making it look easy.
Duane Allman (his brother is no slouch, either) but he hadn't died at age 26; he may have rivaled slow hand for kudos. Check out his Anthology , esp. the Janpanese remaster. Also who he sessioned for in the New Orleans' studios (Aretha and the like). Just a great string man, humming it along with a cold medicine bottle on his slide fingers....