Best Singer-Songwriters of Today

OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
edited November 6 in Other Music
I like a few Ray Lamontagne songs, but I really really prefer Hozier. Also, like some Jack Savoretti. 

Feel free to mention other male solo artists. You know, if for some reason you are stark raving mad and don't love Hozier. ;)
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  • ledveddermanledvedderman Posts: 7,559
    Hozier does nothing for me. Ray is fine. I enjoy all of his albums to a certain extent. Right now, I’d say that if you’re talking about male singer songwriters it’s hard to ignore Ryan Adams, Brian Fallon, Jason Isbell, or a young guy named Andrew Combs. 
  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    Yes! Male singer songwriters that's what I'm talking about, thank you. I couldn't find the right phrase, need more coffee. Ryan Adams does nothing for me. I do need to listen to the others you listed. Brian Fallon, Jason Isbell, and Glen Hansard are mentioned often around here and I have only listened to a few of their songs...so I'm going to have some new stations to listen to for the next few days!
  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 9,508
    Lamontagne is awesome. Great early work and his last couple albums are as good as anything from the last 5 years.

    Isbell has been all but untouchable since Here We Rest.

    I have mixed feelings on RA. He has such a large volume of material and it ranges from unlistenable to Prisoner in quality.

    Has Brian Fallon improves immensely? He sucked in Gaslight Anthem and I’ve neved heard anything that shows he deserves praise in the same breath as Isbell, Adams or Lamontagne.


  • LaMontagne all the way. Ouroboros in 2016 is amazing. Jim James helped produce it. It has a DSOTM like track to track segue.
    OP you need to listen to Ryan Adam's self-titled solo LP from 2015 I think? Whatever one has his face on the cover. That one is one of my favorite LPs ever done.
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  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    DewieCox said:

    Has Brian Fallon improves immensely? He sucked in Gaslight Anthem and I’ve neved heard anything that shows he deserves praise in the same breath as Isbell, Adams or Lamontagne.

    So far, I've been listening to Brian Fallon, I can imagine listening to him when I need my mood lightened. Like with Langhorne Slim. Langhorne Slim brings some energy.

    LaMontagne all the way. Ouroboros in 2016 is amazing. Jim James helped produce it. It has a DSOTM like track to track segue.
    OP you need to listen to Ryan Adam's self-titled solo LP from 2015 I think? Whatever one has his face on the cover. That one is one of my favorite LPs ever done.
    Will do! I might've been too hasty about RA. 
  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 9,508
    Sturgill is great too, but he’s probably too twangy for most around here.
  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    DewieCox said:
    Sturgill is great too, but he’s probably too twangy for most around here.
    Good call. 

    I guess I get Hozier all to myself! Sweet.
  • Massara133Massara133 Stettler AB CanadaPosts: 374
    Love Sturgill, love Lamontagne.

    For anyone that likes Ouroboros you should check out Damien Rice - My Favorite Faded Fantasy is excellent
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  • my2handsmy2hands Posts: 16,004
    Brian Fallon lightens the mood? Lol
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  • antares434antares434 Posts: 104
    Hozier ... Great first album. Cover to cover. I like Lamontagne but enjoy his music in a playlist rather than sitting through a whole album. 
  • DewieCox said:

    Has Brian Fallon improves immensely? He sucked in Gaslight Anthem and I’ve neved heard anything that shows he deserves praise in the same breath as Isbell, Adams or Lamontagne.

    So far, I've been listening to Brian Fallon, I can imagine listening to him when I need my mood lightened. Like with Langhorne Slim. Langhorne Slim brings some energy.

    LaMontagne all the way. Ouroboros in 2016 is amazing. Jim James helped produce it. It has a DSOTM like track to track segue.
    OP you need to listen to Ryan Adam's self-titled solo LP from 2015 I think? Whatever one has his face on the cover. That one is one of my favorite LPs ever done.
    Will do! I might've been too hasty about RA. 
    That self-titled RA record is moody as hell but excellent IMO. Think I'll play that one now actually...
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  • BentleyspopBentleyspop Craft Beer Brewery, ColoradoPosts: 5,622
    Ray
  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    LaMontagne all the way. Ouroboros in 2016 is amazing. Jim James helped produce it. It has a DSOTM like track to track segue.
    OP you need to listen to Ryan Adam's self-titled solo LP from 2015 I think? Whatever one has his face on the cover. That one is one of my favorite LPs ever done.
    Listened to Ryan Adam's self-titled LP. I liked it more than I thought I would! Thank you for the recommendation. Makes me think I should make a list of bands I've written off and give them another listen. :) 
  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    Has anyone ever gone to Pandora and only added stations of bands/solo artists you didn't particularly like and hit shuffle? I'm doing that right now. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,716
    Hozier all the way. I have seen Ray 3 times: 1st time was when he 1st burst out, it was a very good show.  2nd time was I guess his 2nd album?  I swear, we actually left early, it was so low energy and the music itself felt fairly boring.  Last time was last tour, and it was better than 2nd but still pretty lifeless to me.

    Hozier is a songwriting wonder, his songs are so complex and he does such an amazing job of weaving social commentary and sex (yes, sex!) into his songs.  And live, although his 1st tour he was pretty awkward and new to the stage, he's just kept getting better and better.  And musically he was on point from the very beginning.  Amazing guitarist and good grief that VOICE!  He's got an astounding voice.  And on this new round of touring for the EP and soon to be 2nd album, his live show has improved by leaps and bounds, and the music is still incredibly on point.

    I'd put any song off of his new EP "Nina Cried Power" up against anything of Ray Lamontagne's newest release, and really any song up against any of the artists named here so far.  I'm not saying everyone will agree at all that Hozier is better, but definitely check him out.

    Here is his new song, which is a tribute to musicians who've advocated for change in very tough political and social justice times.  It features Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers who is 79 yrs old and also was a Civil Rights icon, singing often after Martin Luther King Jr.  And Booker T actually reached out to Hozier (not the other way around, even though Booker T is one of Hozier's idols) to ask if he'd ever want to work together, so his touch will be on like 8 or 9 of the tracks when Hozier's full 2nd album is released.

    Here's the video for "Nina Cried Power".  "It's not the waking, it's the rising"... I.e., it's not enough to just be "woke", you've got to do something about what you've woken up to...


  • njnancynjnancy Northern New JerseyPosts: 3,449
    edited November 6
    Love Sturgill, love Lamontagne.

    For anyone that likes Ouroboros you should check out Damien Rice - My Favorite Faded Fantasy is excellent
    I agree on Damien Rice. 

    Others I like - Matt Nathanson, Five for Fighting, Trey Anastasio, Howie Day, Edwin McCain,  Duncan Sheik. 

    Trevor Hall, Tryone Wells, Griffin House, Mat Kelley -I like when Spotify gives me a new person that really catches my ear in Discover Weekly.

    I saw Jason Isbell On Trevor Noah & in another interview. I like his 'I don't give a shit' attitude and need to listen to more of him. 

    Never heard of either Hozier or Ray L. Will check them out.  
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  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,716
    Hozier is the "Take Me To Church" guy, did you hear that song maybe 2 yrs ago?

    Also njnancy, I owe you some stuff!  I'll explain more in private message...
  • njnancynjnancy Northern New JerseyPosts: 3,449
    JH6056 said:
    Hozier is the "Take Me To Church" guy, did you hear that song maybe 2 yrs ago?

    Also njnancy, I owe you some stuff!  I'll explain more in private message...
    Great thing about Spotify is that when I like someone, I can check out what artists other fans like. That's how I stumbled on Dispatch (another thread).

    I came across Ray L on there so I'll search Hozier - I'm guessing that song would be in their top 10 songs. Thanks. 
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 11,465
    Hozier over RL.

    Get you some Amos Lee in your life!




    New song, just recently released, about the Parkland Shooting

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  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,716
    Here's an acoustic Take Me To Church from last monh's Austin City Limits Festival (this was a fundraiser set at another venue)




  • njnancynjnancy Northern New JerseyPosts: 3,449
    edited November 6
    rgambs said:
    Hozier over RL.

    Get you some Amos Lee in your life!




    New song, just recently released, about the Parkland Shooting

    That is some good shit. Song 1 and Song 3 are right up my alley. Song 2 is good but I didn't connect immediately, if that makes sense. Something about a guitar or piano and a person is pure acoustic magic.
    Thanks - I'll be adding to a playlist. 


    Listened to 2 Ray L. songs - not bad but didn't grab me. Still haven't listened to Hozier.
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  • njnancynjnancy Northern New JerseyPosts: 3,449
    edited November 6
    JH6056 said:
    Here's an acoustic Take Me To Church from last monh's Austin City Limits Festival (this was a fundraiser set at another venue)




    Thanks for finding for me. :smile:

    I like the singer's voice, but this particular song wasn't for me. I really like Nina Cried Power. 
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  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    Damn rgambs, I just finished the first video...that song cuts to the bone! I'm going to have to listen to some Brian Fallon now, before I attempt the other two.  ;)
  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    Actually, I have listened to Amos Lee before, just not the songs you posted, and I like what I have heard. I think this was the first video I came across with him in it...

  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    And now some Hozier...

  • OffSheGoes35OffSheGoes35 Posts: 1,354
    Someone needs to play some Ray for us.
  • njnancynjnancy Northern New JerseyPosts: 3,449
    That last one was really good. 
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