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New artist who are have old school sensibilities who are working under the radar of mainstream recognition but who are starting to get noticed by the public.

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Initial post: Oct 23, 2012, 6:00:55 PM PDT
H&L says:
Hello All,

I am starting this thread for dicussion of newer artist who are creating new music with roots and influences from the past. The artist for this discussion are not the Kate Perrys or Justin Bev of the flavors of the day but real talented musicans, songwriters who have been coming up the old way by building an audiance through touring and making really good records without the use of audo-tunes. To start this off, I like to present my list of artist I have discoverd in he last few years who I consider up and coming or a few of them have been around a bit and have achive sucess. Would anyone like to join in with their list?

The Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues and Self Title Depute Album
Duffy - Rockferry
The Black Keys - El Comeno
She and Him - She And Him Vol 2
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell Them What Your Name is and Scandalous
Of Men and Monsters - My Head Is an Animal
Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
Shelby Lynn - Revelation Road, This is Shelby Lynn
The Sheep Dogs - New Self Title Album The Sheep Dogs.
The Avett Brothers - I and Love And You and The Carpenter
Jack White BlunderBuss
The Raconteus - Consolers of the Lonely

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012, 6:21:41 PM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
I love your She & Him pick -- much as I like their first album, I think I prefer 'Vol. 2'. :)

A group with a similar sound I would recommend is Gold Motel (fronted by Greta Morgan, formerly of The Hush Sound).
'Summer House' (2010)
'Gold Motel' (2012)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012, 6:42:17 PM PDT
H&L says:

Thank you for being the first person to respond to this new thread.
The She and HimVol 2 sounds like 13 pop hits from the late 60s, early 70s that were broadcast during that time from an a.m. radio but the signals got stuck in the upper atmosphere and just got lose and making their way down to our radio antennas by way of this album. But at the same time the tunes sound fresh and undated. I sure wll check out Gold Motel:)

Posted on Oct 23, 2012, 7:25:13 PM PDT
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I nominate JD McPherson, whose Signs & Signifiers conjures up a number of '50s rock 'n' roll influences. The album sounds authentic yet altogether fresh -- my absolute favorite of 2012.

There was also Nick Curran, who was chugging along in a similar vein when cancer claimed his life about a couple weeks ago at age 35. A talented guy who will be missed. His [[Reform School Girl]] album from 2010 is a rock & roll-must-have.

JD McPherson - North Side Gal

Nick Curran & the Lowlifes - Reform School Girl

Posted on Oct 23, 2012, 7:41:41 PM PDT
I'd also put in a plug for Lucky Soul, a female-led British group whose influences include Motown/Northern Soul from the '60s and Blondie. Neither of their albums have been released in the USA, both are excellent. Here's a song from each:

Lucky Soul - Lips are Unhappy

Lucky Soul - Whoa, Billy!

Posted on Oct 23, 2012, 7:49:39 PM PDT
For a moment there, I thought this was another thread started by E. P. Haufe.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012, 8:12:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2012, 8:14:57 PM PDT
B L T says:
Here's my list.

Folk, old-time, Americana, bluegrass-influenced:

Joy Kills Sorrow - "Darkness Sure Becomes This City"

The Be Good Tanyas - "Chinatown"

Black Prairie - "Feast Of The Hunters' Moon"

Crooked Still - "Some Strange Country"

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012, 8:20:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2012, 12:12:40 PM PDT
Slaughters, KY singer-songwriter Chris Knight.
NY based trio Earl Greyhound.
The Brought Low (x-Sweet Diesel).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012, 11:03:04 PM PDT

Great idea for a discussion but as Shelby Lynn has been recording for many years now (I first heard her music in 1996) it's a bit broad to label this amazing performer as new. The Sheepdogs were sponsored by Rolling Stone magazine a year and a half back as (it was done by readers votes) the next big superstar of rock but when you look into the band's story they had been up in Canada for many years playing bars and trying to stay alive in a very tough industry.

It's great to see Fleet Foxes, Jack White & The Avett Brothers mentioned as well.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 12:59:13 AM PDT
The Pierces are a Sister Duo from Alabama who have been laboring "under the radar" for a decade and three albums before finally starting to get noticed by the public this year after being chosen to open for Coldplay on their recent tour.

Often compared to the Indigo Girls with less angst, their Sisterly Harmonies are sublime as demonstrated in this You Tube clip of an a capella performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "Kathy's Song".


While you're there check out some of their other related clips showcasing their strong songwriting skills on their original material.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 7:00:08 AM PDT
Ida - Eventually they will get recognized. They're too good not to:

Dirt Daubers - No poseurs here...they eat and breathe this stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 7:01:19 AM PDT
H&L says:

Funny you should bring Shelby Lynn up on the question if she is a new artist. In the mid-90s after her I Am Shelby Lynn album came out, she won a Grammy for Best New Artist which was strange because she has been releasing albums since the late 80s as I recall. That was alright with me because I felt she deserved such recognition be it a bit late. Also with I Am Shelby Lynn I felt she really come into her own as an artist.
I take the term new artist very loosely being artist who have been around for a while but starting to make some inroads in developing a fan base for example Lucinda Williams with her 1997 release Car Wheels on A Gravel Road. Also younger artist who have released a number of albums but are starting to be more visible to the masses though touring and album releases.
As for the Sheepdogs, yes, they had the Rolling Stone Magazine sponsorship but if you ask most people if they heard of this band they would look at you with a blank face but if you ask them who is Adele, then they can tell you with no hesitation. By the way, RS gave the Sheepdogs a 3 star review of their new album, a good review but not a ringing endorsement.
So for this thread, we can consider new artist very open to interpretation. Here are some ideas and guidelines that can widen that term new artist.
Fresh Out Of The Box - Artist who formed recently such as Alabama Shakes who managed to record and release an album that receives critical reviews and good sales.
The Seed was planted some time ago and starting to sprout - Bands or artist who have been around a while say a decade or more but who are starting to be recognize by the public after endless touring and album releases.
A Steady Build - Artist who have steady build their fan base i.e Jack White and Beck but are still in their artistic prime.
Late Bloomers - Artist who have been around a long time such as Lucinda Williams or Shelby Lynn who are putting out their best work later in their careers.
Ok those are some of my lose interpretations of new artist and I welcome suggestion to expand this interpretation. I wish that I would have broaden the interpretation of new artist in the title of this tread but that would have made the title too long.

Philip, thank for your presenting this question of new artist in your response which allowed me a chance to expand on it.

Good Day All:)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 7:10:24 AM PDT
H&L says:
Thanks mr. Critic,

I will check those links out.

Thanks for your post and have a good day:)

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 7:30:36 AM PDT
H&L says:
Hello Everyone,

I just want to thank everyone who responded so far to this new post and for your recommendations and links. Out of this I am going to build a sort of a data base and listen to all these new artist so keep the recommendations coming.

Good Day - Law:)

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 8:37:11 AM PDT
Agree with Jack White and The Black Keys fer sure!!!! Slip right on like ol' blue jeans.....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 8:46:54 AM PDT
H&L says:
L. Crosby,

Yes indeed, both artist has that old school sensability while sounding fresh and new which is great in this day of manufactored pop and rap.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 9:00:24 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
I agree, excellent picks. :)


If you don't mind a harder, faster (yet still tuneful) sound, how about The Gaslight Anthem? The lyrics are heartfelt; and the sound recalls the classic heartland-rock of Springsteen, Petty and Mellencamp, but with the punk energy of The Clash.

Although 2010's 'American Slang' is the album that made me a fan, I think they would be more accurately represented by either:
'The '59 Sound' (2008), or
'Handwritten' (2012)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 9:25:51 AM PDT
H&L says:
mr. critic,

Those Dirt Daubers are a real hoot:)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 9:27:58 AM PDT
H&L says:

The Gaslight Anthem are on my radar to check out. I know the lead singer performed with Bruces and the E Street band on the Live From Dublin concert DVD.

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Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 10:12:09 AM PDT
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B L T says:
I'm not a fan of Mayer's either, but I do like the song that features John Mayer off of Herbie Hancock's "Possibilities". The song featuring Carlos Santana is good too. Possibilities

Herbie Hancock feat. John Mayer:

Herbie Hancock feat. Carlos Santana:

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 10:16:38 AM PDT
H&L says:

JM never really grapped my fancy but I do respect him as a talent and true artist of the old traditions:) I mean if he plays live with the likes of Eric Clapton then that says a lot.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 10:31:58 AM PDT
Randy says:
Love COrpino's mention of CHris Knight!

Here are some others:

Justin Townes Earle
Jason Isbell
Lincoln Durham

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 12:11:21 PM PDT
JCRB says:
great idea for a thread

Tame Impala
- Everybody says this band has old-school qualites. Ive heard others compare their style to Cream and Led Zeppelin mainly, although personally I dont hear it. The main similarity to the 60's is that the singer does undoubtedly sound like John Lennon/George Harrison. Its beautiful really. But their musical style is always so saturated in psychedilic effects and distortion they have a sound all their own, check out "Alter Ego" and "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind".

Nick Waterhouse
- old school R&B. If you didn't know he was a 25 yr old white kid you would've thought you were listening to a Otis Redding Wilson Pickett protege from the 60's

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 12:23:52 PM PDT
Johnny Bee says:
JCRB - lovin' the two Tame Impala albums.

Wooden Shjips, anyone? Admittedly, they've been around for a while.
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