Most musicians tells stories in their music. The one's I'm interested in learning from all of you are your favorite artists who frequently paint a picture of their city, region, people, wildlife, or unique lay-o-the-landwith in several songs. If you can, list several of their songs which taken together give you a good feel for where they're from? My favorite from over the past 5 years or so has been Tyler Childers. He writes and sings about his Appalachian roots in Virginia /W. Virginia & coal country with such clarity. He conveys broad drives and notions of the people where he grew up that I feel I known the place somewhere in my past. I'm able to relate his people to people I've known. His music knocks on several genres, but alt-country-grass-rock might be his center. Songs with stories of his raisin': Country Squire Whitehouse Road Follow You to Virgie Bottles & Bibles Feathered Indians Charleston Girl Coal If Whiskey Could Talk Hard Times The Gospel The Harvest Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven Purgatory (widely differing versions) Old County Church (also many versions) I highly recommend you give Tyler's recordings a listen. If you have a similar story-teller artist who strikes you with emotions and understanding of somewhere they're from, please feel free to share here with me and everyone's else to discover.
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The first record I ever bought was Dedication, by the Bay City Rollers. But it was hearing the 1981 album, Computer World by Kraftwerk that really shot me along the trajectory that formed my musical passions. Introducing me to Gary Numan, the B-52s, Adam and the Ants..
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