As you probably already know, the first and most important gift to buy for your music-loving loved ones (at least if you live in the northeast US) is a ticket to one of my upcoming CD release shows.
Now that my shameless plug is complete, let me shamelessly plug the work of some excellent songwriters who are not me. Myself, I don’t listen to much music that was made after about 1975, but I have proverbially spun all of these records til they wore through. Keep in mind that I have a strong bias towards great lyricists, so if that ain’t your thing, you might want to read somebody else’s list of recommendations. Also, keep in mind that all of these artists are even better live, so if you dig their records, sign their mailing lists.
Below are my top 5 not-widely-known-album recommendations, all of which are guaranteed home runs, some of which your music-loving friends and family may not already have.
1) Devon Sproule - Don’t Hurry for Heaven - Buy it here
For fans of: Rickie Lee Jones, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch, Hoagy Carmichael
Who dig: Outstandingly playful, creative, wry, image-rich lyrics paired with earbogglingly beautiful melodies, presented by Devon’s sweet, young, conversational vocals and skillful, warm jazz guitar.
Note: For the already-avid Devon fan, consider gifting her newest record, I Love You, Go Easy, on vinyl.
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