Favorite Artists

Dear Music Appreciators,

For what it’s worth, this is a list of my favorite artists.  Not necessarily the best artists.  As lists go, this one’s not cool, not trendy, not cutting edge – is loaded with singer-songwriters – is heavy on northwest flavor – and for true music appreciators interested in finding a new and under-appreciated artist to fawn over, this is a list that just might be useful.  Have a list of your own?  Send it my way, and maybe we both can find someone new to love.   As with all my lists, this one is subject to change at any time, since with my digital-era attention span I can sometimes be something of a fair-weather fan.

For one reason or another these are the artists that most consistently command my attention.


Constant Listener


The Beatles

Bob Dylan


Band of Horses

Fleet Foxes

The Cave Singers

Bruce Springsteen

Fleetwood Mac

Led Zeppelin

Paul Simon

Pearl Jam


Blitzen Trapper

Bryan John Appleby

Damien Jurado


Emmylou Harris

Harper Simon


Josh Rouse

Lindsey Buckingham

Mark Lanegan

Neal Casal

Rosie Thomas

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals

Aimee Mann

Alice In Chains

Brandi Carlile

Chris Isaak

David Bazan

Death Cab for Cutie

Denison Witmer

Father John Misty

Fruit Bats

Gram Parsons

Grand Archives

Hank Williams

Katie Herzig

Vienna Teng

Iron & Wine

Jenny Lewis

John Lennon

Josh Ritter

Kim Richey

Laura Cantrell

Laura Veirs

Lucinda Williams

M. Ward

Mindy Smith

Neil Young

Neko Case

Nick Drake


Patty Griffin

Pedro the Lion

Peter Bradley Adams

Rilo Kiley

Ron Sexsmith

Ryan Adams

Ryan Bingham

Sam Cooke

Sarah Harmer

Screaming Trees

Simon & Garfunkel


Steve Earle

Teddy Thompson

Thad Cockrell

The Jayhawks

The Rolling Stones

The Shins

The Wailin’ Jennys

The Weepies

Tift Merritt

Tyler Ramsey



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