Underappreciated artists and albums
I'm listening to Jason Eady's new album, "When The Money's All Gone." It's every bit as excellent as his previous CD, "Wild-Eyed Serenade," and, like that album, his new one is likely to receive far, far less attention than it deserves. Which got me thinking about underappreciated artists and CDs. To get things started, here's a list of some of the artists I think are top-notch but who don't get nearly the attention they deserve. (Note that Sam Baker would ordinarily be at the top of my list, but he's starting to get more attention, including in another thread here.) What artists and albums do you think are criminally neglected? Here are some of my choices: Jason Eady. If there was any justice, he'd be in heavy rotation on the "country" stations. But he's too country and way too smart to get that sort of attention. Bap Kennedy. I'm still not sold on his newest, "Howl On," but his Irish/Van Morrison-inflected brand of alt-country is as good as any alt-country ever produced in the U.S. Lance Mills. His first release last year, Wore Out Shoes, was pitch perfect. Paul Burch -- His newest, "Still Your Man" is, like his previous work, awesomely solid. What will it take for this guy to get the attention he deserves.