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Cliffg37
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What musicans/bands do you listen to theat get little airplay or recognition, yet have developed a stong cult following or fan base? What makes that band or performer great?

My entry:

Kate Bush. She had one minor hit in this country and that was 15 years ago or so. Her music will pop up in movie soundtracks, especiall a song called "this woman's work" often played behind a female lead struggling to overcome a dificulty.

Kate has both a unique and amazing voice, and had the courage in the 80's to write and sing about subjects that were way ahead of her time. Trained as a mime, she "performs" her songs in quite a unique way. Much of her material is available on YouTube.

Whe do you suggest?
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Well Pearl Jam started huge but got less radio play after they "stood up the the man." Interestingly, their music has only gotten better with time.

One of my favorites is the blues harp player/singer Junior Wells. He's somewhat known among blues fans, but not as much as some of those he's played with. My favorite of his is the "Come on in This House" where he worked with a lot of different slide guitar guys. There is nothing cooler in this world than a slide guitar with a blues harp. But he is no longer with us.

There was a local Goth rock singer/synth player back in the day named Adrien Alexis (pretty sure that wasn't his real name.) He just made some nicely done home-made tapes that were sold at this little drum shop downtown.

Trailer Park Girls are another local band that got a record deal or some such that I've heard playing at the bus depot on New Years Eve. This is cooler than it sounds, and they play good stuff.

There are a lot of fantastic bluesy and folksy singers on the Lilith Fair 2 cd set. Haven't heard the first one so I can't comment on that.

Oh, and my Uncle Terre Tuck is one of the best guitarists you've never heard. He runs a music school in Boise with his wife, who is a singer and pianist.
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CHRIS DUARTE. He's primarily a blues player, but infuses rock, jazz, psychedelic and other styles in his playing to create some really spectacular music for guitar lovers.

He's been doing his thing about 20 years, tours a lot and has put out several cds, but still plays the same size clubs he started out in and gets little airplay.

He has a dedicated, hardcore fanbase but most people I mention him to haven't heard of him. I try to take at least one person that hasn't seen him every time I go and he has never failed to blow them away. His live shows are really the best way to experience his playing. I've actually seen him make jaws drop.

He's also a really nice guy. He sincerely appreciates his fans and takes the time to talk to them at his shows. He even remembers his fans that go see him regularly and greets us by name. I've literally seen him give the shirt off his back to a fan of his after a show.

Check him out. If you dig it, go see him live when you can. You won't be sorry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYDMDpO3S4A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMtvxMaZiIk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkhuFtna7_8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr3dP78y6B8
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Cowboy Junkies and Ted Hawkins are 2 of my secret favorites.

Hawkins scratched for a living on the streets in Venice, Ca for decades, then got discovered, put out a dozen DVD's, enjoyed his success and immediately died. His 'There stands the glass' and 'Afraid' are beautiful in a scratchy earthbound way.

Cowboy Junkies still tour,have a tight following. Low, slow and beautiful.
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Definitely second the motion on Chris Duarte. Phenomenal talent.

Iron Maiden has a phenomenal fan base with little airplay. They sell out large venues even in countries where English isn't the language of choice. Great vocals from Bruce Dickenson, Steve Harris is a talented lyricist and my (and many others') pick for best rock bassist ever. Great drummer, multiple-guitar attack, good songwriting, no weak link. Being going it for almost 35 years and influenced a great many metal bands that came after them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihbRtLrK36Y
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Oops, and Buckethead. IMO, the greatest guitarist ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYxrdrzmuUw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqHQyQHu-RE
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Tom Cutts
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Andy Timmons. Very Eric Johnson like but further underground.

Sound Tracks of Our Lives. Fun live show, good studio work.

And of course The Tubes!

PS hate Pearl Jam and always will.
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On 2012-07-08 21:04, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Oops, and Buckethead. IMO, the greatest guitarist ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYxrdrzmuUw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqHQyQHu-RE


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Rush. Why aren't they in the R&RHOF?
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On 2012-07-09 09:59, ClintonMagus wrote:
Rush. Why aren't they in the R&RHOF?


Not sure about the R&RHOF, but Rush gets TONS of airtime here. I think some of these things tend to be regional.

I just heard that Rush has a new album, but I haven't heard any of it yet.
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On 2012-07-09 00:57, Tom Cutts wrote:
PS hate Pearl Jam and always will.


I used to hate PJ. I still really hate their cover of Baba O'Reilley. Also never liked "Vitalogy" on the whole.
But I started to like some of their early stuff and the newer stuff that I've heard.
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