I asked my Speed Songwriting list who we should be listening to. This is what they told me...

I did my best to remove the responses that voted for themselves.

LPT: When someone asks the question, "Name a songwriter you think everyone should be listening to?"

Don't answer, "Me!"

That's pretty lame.

I have some amazing songwriters on my list and they were humble enough to name some of their heroes. That's not lame at all.

And I'm grateful to everyone who participated!

Here we go, in no particular order (and not de-duped)...


Bobby Caldwell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Caldwell
Craig Bickhardt www.CraigBickhardt.com
Don Henry www.DonHenry.com
Nathan Bell www.nathanbellmusic.com
Guy Clark
Townes van Zandt
Lieber & Stoller
Ellie Greenwich
Carol King
Joni Mitchell
Paul Simon
Pricilla Renea
Langhorne Slim
David Bazan
Tim Kasher
Tim Barry
Austin Lucas
Townes Van Zandt
Schuyler Fisk
Maya Hawke
Google Fall Apart Today by Schuyler Fisk, and YouTube anything by Maya Hawke. You might like what you hear.
Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, Sabrina Carpenter
Robert Hunter
Oliver Wood. Wood Brothers!
Lennon/McCartney and Harrison
Patty Griffin
For Hip Hop, Logic and Common, for Rock Rival Sons, for film scores, Clint Mansell and Clint Martinez
Gerard Way, Freddie Mercury, Robert Smith and Frank Iero
Passenger https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_(singer)
Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, jagger & Richards
Lennon & McArtney
Erick Fayard
Stefan Prigmore
Bitter Boar
Brad Russell
Rodney Moore
Shotgun Josephine
Leon Bridges
Mike Ryan
Zac Wilkerson
Mark Knopfler, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher.
Walt Wilkins
Tayla Parx!
Kat Zel Music
Stephen Foster
Kimberley Rew
George Breakfast
Lexie Green
Jessica Law
Ron Mael of Sparks
Ryan Adams
Tyler Childers
Lou Reed
John Lennon
Corey Taylor
Mo Pitney
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Andraé Crouch
Jimmy Swaggart
Jamie Smart https://www.facebook.com/jamiesmartmusic/
Brightr https://www.facebook.com/iambrightr/
Ken Andrews (Failure, Year of the Rabbit)
Chino Moreno (Deftones)
Steve Von Till (Neurosis)
Cedric Bixler (At the Drive in, Mars Volta)
David Bowie
Arlie Carstens (Juno)
Liam Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
Andrew Wyatt
Ian Brown
Gregg Kurstin
Richard Ashcroft
Hudson Taylor
Henry Jamieson
Merle Haggard
Richard Ashcroft
Fiona Kernaghan! Hazel Brown Aka Mary Glenn
Alexander 23
Jason Isbell
Devin Townsend
St. Vincent, Laura Marling, Anais Mitchell, Anderson.Paak, Rhiannon Giddens, Billie Eillish, Joan Shelley, Leyla MaCalla, Talltale, Jay Gilday, Kaia Kater, Bedouine, Damien Jurado, Sharon Van Etten, Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker, Andrew Bird, Marika Hackman, Shovels & Rope, Lindsay Lou, Red Tail Ring, Phoebe Bridgers, Better Oblivion Community Center, Haley Henderickx, Anna Tivel, Birds of Chicago, Our Native Daughters, Joan as Police Woman, Laura Veirs, This Is The Kit, Vissia, Celeigh Cardinal, Martin Kerr
Brandi Carlile .. Sturgill Simpson .. Lukas Nelson
Jeff Tweedy
John Prine, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Jackson Browne
Michael Kiwanuka - all his songs are wonderful, I particularly like this one: "Cold Little Heart" https://youtu.be/FngDSOuCNAA
Rayland Baxter - "Casanova" https://youtu.be/PhcXISdDCk0
Gregory Alan Isakov - "San Luis" https://youtu.be/7BJ7MDOmLPE
Pink Honey Moan - "Closer to You" https://youtu.be/8w8JPYBeHmc
I hear the Lumineers have a new album out that is pretty good
I really like The Felice Brothers, Simone Felice solo, Jade Bird
The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile
Connor Oberst, The Black Keys
Greta Van Fleet
Blackberry Smoke
What’s Jack White doing lately?
Tool has a new album apparently outselling Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Bob Dylan
Mike Posner
Max Martin
Pink Floyd
Jason Mraz
Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Tony Scalzo and Miles Zuniga from Fastball (last album 2017)
Lake Street Dive
Maggie Rogers
Dermont Kennedy
John Sharpe from the emi records group Atoozi is one of my favorites. He also wrote so much more like pop, pop rock etc.
Tony Sly
Joey Cape
Jason Mraz
John Mayer
James Bay
Gregory Alan Isakov
Kurt Cobain and Billie Eilish
Brandy Clark
Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Shane Owens, Ashley Wineland and Tricia Yearwood
Glen Hansard
Lennon and McCartney and David Bowie
Brett Anderson
Nick Cave
Steven Wilson
Bille Eilsih
Brantley Gilbert-solo
Jacob Bryant-solo
Zakk Wylde-Pride & Glory, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society
Corey Taylor - Solo, Stonesour, Slipknot
Aaron Lewis - solo, Staind
Chris Stapleton - solo
Cladio Sanchaz - Coheed & Cambria, Brother Inferno, Shubutie
mark hoppus-Blink 182,+44, Simple Creatures
Tom Delong Blink-182, Box Car Racer, Angels & Airwaves
Kevin Martin-Candlebox, The gracious Few, The Hiwatts, Le Projet
Sam Riggs-solo
Brain Davis-Solo
Jonathon Davis-Korn, Solo
Brian Head Welch-Korn, H.E.A.D
Josephine De Smet
Try Crown Lands from Canada for one: a 2 piece band!
Rival Sons
Justin Moore
Emily Weisband
Maren Morris
Lloyd Cole
Kacey Musgraves
Doyle Bramhall II
Jon Cleary
Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke)
John Martyn
Billy Maier from Franklin TN
Diane Warren
David Ramirez
Eli Lev, a neo-folk singer-songwriter
Hayley Fahey, a country-rock/pop musician
Dolly Parton
Mike P. Ryan
Nasim Siddiq - YouTube his song This Time Around
Stevie Wonder
George Michael
Prince, Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran!
Jack White
Jason Isbell
Ruston Kelly
Brandi Carlile
Courtney Marie Andrews
Bruce Cockburn (latest album last week)
Ray Wyle Hubbard
Mindy Smith
Esperanza Spaulding
J.D. Wilkes (who I believe still tours with the Legendary Shack Shakers, but maybe not. I'll find out in January)
Butch Walker!
Special mention also to Amos Lee, who I saw a few weeks ago. I cannot think of anything he does "wrong," and I could listen to his original work for hours.
Amy Wadge, Martyn Joseph and Luke Jackson
Martyn Jacques
Freya Ridings
Ashford & Simpson, Paul Williams, Glen Campbell, Neal Sedaka, (who was part of the same hit factory as Carol King), Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Tom Russell