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
Townes van Zandt
Lieber & Stoller
Townes Van Zandt
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
Oliver Wood. Wood Brothers!
Lennon/McCartney and Harrison
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
Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, jagger & Richards
Lennon & McArtney
Mark Knopfler, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher.
Kat Zel Music
Ron Mael of Sparks
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Jamie Smart https://www.facebook.com/jamiesmartmusic/
Ken Andrews (Failure, Year of the Rabbit)
Chino Moreno (Deftones)
Steve Von Till (Neurosis)
Cedric Bixler (At the Drive in, Mars Volta)
Arlie Carstens (Juno)
Fiona Kernaghan! Hazel Brown Aka Mary Glenn
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
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
What’s Jack White doing lately?
Tool has a new album apparently outselling Taylor Swift
Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Tony Scalzo and Miles Zuniga from Fastball (last album 2017)
Lake Street Dive
John Sharpe from the emi records group Atoozi is one of my favorites. He also wrote so much more like pop, pop rock etc.
Gregory Alan Isakov
Kurt Cobain and Billie Eilish
Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Shane Owens, Ashley Wineland and Tricia Yearwood
Lennon and McCartney and David Bowie
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
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!
Doyle Bramhall II
Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke)
Billy Maier from Franklin TN
Eli Lev, a neo-folk singer-songwriter
Hayley Fahey, a country-rock/pop musician
Mike P. Ryan
Nasim Siddiq – YouTube his song This Time Around
Prince, Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran!
Courtney Marie Andrews
Bruce Cockburn (latest album last week)
Ray Wyle Hubbard
J.D. Wilkes (who I believe still tours with the Legendary Shack Shakers, but maybe not. I’ll find out in January)
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
Ashford & Simpson, Paul Williams, Glen Campbell, Neal Sedaka, (who was part of the same hit factory as Carol King), Elton John & Bernie Taupin