Ok, enough of all of the wimmin singers. My tastes in music really run to the masculine side anyway. And, there happens to be some really great male singers out there. I’ve noticed a definite “back to the basics” style of most of the boys out there now, which I thoroughly enjoy. There is real music by real musicians out there who are giving us some really great, memorable music and performances.
It seems to me that music by men is not a typical “macho” characteristic, yet most male performers are so honed in and down right good that they take music to a different level. I think that men in music make a stronger kun-NECK-shun in delivering the message of the music between melody and lyric, but maybe that’s because I am truly touched by sensitive and artistic men.
So I figured that I’d throw a few out there. Such a plethora of testosterone that is simply spectacular, and all are strikingly different.
Of course, there is the Silver Fox — the epitome of passion in music….
A nice, new nugget of an old, familiar favorite:
Use Me, Taylor Hicks
Taylor is definitely “all about the music” and his love of music is readily evident and palpable.
Now, onto a few others that might not be as well known to you but are still hawt, in the musical sense, of course…
It Don’t Matter, Donovan Frankenreiter
Donovan is “ungh”. He is a bit of a hippie and not you’re typical media star, but his bluesy-ness is superb. Here’s a bonus of Donovan with JACK JOHNSON.
Heading Home, Donovan Frankenreiter and Jack Johnson
One of my music geek friends, turned me on to a relatively new artist named Matt Wertz. More to come on Matt, later…
5:19, Matt Wertz
Cas is a breath of fresh air from the cheesefest that is America’s Got Talent. From Dallas, TX, Cas is a dedicated husband and father and a rather unique talent. His performances on AGT remind me alot of Taylor on AI….not the “cookie cutter” pop star, he really brings some originality and huge talent. As with Taylor, however, I wonder if Cas can transcend the stigma of reality TV.
Easy, Cas Haley
Oh, if only Taylor had delivered this Lionel Ritchie classic as boldly.
Then, there’s Ben Harper. Flying under the radar for a few years, Ben is quite an eclectic talent. Here he is at Bonnaroo:
Burn One Down, Ben Harper
As as added bonus, here is Ben Harper with the Blind Boys of Alabama doing I Shall Not Walk Alone. I was gobsmacked when I first heard this version. Such honesty and sincerity where all of these gentlemen are obviously moved by the music.
I Shall Not Walk Alone, Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama
Likely one of the most passionate pairings on a song that I’ve seen in a while, this duo brings this classic to a new level:
RAY LAMONTAGNE & DAMIEN RICE
To Love Somebody, Ray LaMontagne & Damien Rice
Perhaps I like the acoustical nature, ala James Taylor, of these newer artists, but I also love that all of these dudes are incorporating all kinds of instruments including harmonica, slide guitars, stand up bass, etc. Here’s a funky turn from Damien Rice at Abbey Road Studios:
Volcano, Damien Rice
I have a love/hate relationship with Ray LaMontagne. While I find him eerily freakish in stature and demeanor, the man has serious chops and talent.
This young artist, moreso of all the others, beckons memories of Stevie Wonder to me. He also uses rich instruments…
You Give Me Something, James Morrison
While many perceive of Gavin Degraw as “commercial” but I happen to think he’s got alot of “soul”…here is Gavin pulling off a classic:
Tracks of My Tears, Gavin Degraw
and I just love this stripped piano, solo version of Chariot:
Chariot, Gavin Degraw
Of course, I love me some Amos. Here’s a recent performance of one of my favorite Amos tunes (for obvious reasons):
Southern Girl, Amos Lee
Why are we not seeing more of Amos?
I can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about my “home boy”, Marc. Here’s some relatively new Marc vids:
I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, Marc Broussard
Donny Hathaway would be proud.
Love & Happiness, Marc Broussard (For those of you who never could connect to the Yahoo! link.
Lastly, here’s a tasty little bootleg:
Pappa Was a Rollin’ Stone, Marc Broussard
And lastly, there’s Johnny Boy. New Yorker, stoner, environmentalist, comedian….and damn-good musician. I have it on good authority that Mayer may actually be a stalker. (BTW, I’ve forgiven him the Jessica indiscretion.)
Talk about an artist that beckons the past….he brings it to life.
Come Back to Bed, John Mayer with Buddy Guy & Double Trouble
While I highlighted John’s GMA performance with Eric Clapton a few weeks ago, this is a particularly lovely performance of the two guitar impresarios.
Heartbroken, John Mayer & Eric Clapton
Clapton ain’t so bad, himself.
I’ve gone through many Mayer favorites, but right now it’s this one:
In Repair, John Mayer
In more ways than one, Johnny Boy, in more ways than one.
So, what musical dudes in today’s music have I failed to mention?