There is something peacefully pure on hearing and/or playing a song with an acoustic guitar.
Unfortunately, acoustic performers are usually dubbed “bar performers” because their music is more fitting to an intimate setting rather than huge venues. I would like to think, though, that they deserve to perform in Madison Square Garden just as much as the hard rockin’ bands because they perform in the purest sense, just them and their music.
10. Justin Vernon
Pain. That’s what you will hear in every song he has done. He hits the spot. There is a certain carelessness in his music and his voice that makes the song sound and feel natural.
His songs don’t sound like every other acoustic song there is.
9. Greg Holden
From his website: is a Scottish-born, English-raised songwriter currently living in New York City. In the past two years, he has self-released two records and is in the process of making a third. He has toured the living rooms and clubs of his UK supporters, moved to a different continent and toured the majority of the United States of America, including a month on the the road opening for indie starlet Ingrid Michaelson during her sold out ‘Everybody’ Tour.
Greg’s honest and progressively more opinionated approach to his lyrics, along with his folky yet melodic and pop style, has won him an army of online followers that continue to grow and follow Greg’s ventures. His ‘Living Room Series’ and ‘Not My Living Room Series’ on YouTube has been viewed more than 1,000,000 times across the world and both his self-released records were featured in the iTunes ‘Best Singer/Songwriters’ & ‘What We’re Listening To’ categories.
8. Iain Archer
His music is a bit harder and faster than the two previous ones but no less angsty.
He seems to feel “younger” and rawer. I have no doubt that he will still mature and evolve and it would be a pleasure watching him do so.
7. Kevin Devine
He is more satirical in his approach. He has alternately introspective and political lyrics and melodic acoustic guitar tunes.
He sounds angsty but not angry. Is that is even possible?
6. Colin Hay
He was a member of the band Men at Work. When it disbanded in 1985, Hay released several major label solo albums, including Looking for Jack (Columbia) and Wayfaring Sons (MCA), to some commercial success. However, he never really went mainstream.
He is often heard on movies and TV shows though. Hay appeared as the Troubadour in the Scrubs episode, “My Overkill”, and in 2004 he contributed to the Garden State soundtrack with his solo song, “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You”.
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