I think I started a thread like this in the previous incarnation of the site, but I thought of starting this again because I’ve been listening to the type of music that I think we’d both enjoy. For example, over the weekend, I watched a documentary on Lowell George, the front man for Little Feat. I’ve heard their music described as “Southern fried rock,” which is apt, although something like “roots rock n’ roll” might be a little more accurate–basically rock n’ roll that draws upon folk, country, bluegrass, and the blues. At times, there’s also a kind of Old Timey sound. Little Feat has this, but they also have a greasier, grungier sound (which I kinda like) compared to a group like the Eagles. Other groups that might fall into this type of music are the Grateful Dead, Poco, The Band, Allman Brothers (although they’re not so rootsy, I guess).
Actually, before I watched the video on George, I stumbled into the music of Lydia Loveless. Her music seemed like something of a modern version of this type of music, with maybe a heavier country sound at times (which can be heard in her vocal style). There’s something about her singing and the band behind her that I liked.
It’s weird because this isn’t a style of music I love. That is, I would listen to this when I’m in the mood for this sort of this, which doesn’t happen all that much. It’s definitely not something that I can see myself listening to regularly. But I do have some appreciation for it. Specifically, I like the way the various styles bleed together, in a way that suggests there are no boundaries; and, like almost every other type of music, I like the soulful, heartful quality that comes through, particularly through the vocals. (I also think Little Feat has some quality songs as well.)
Lydia Loveless has more of a 90’s alt-rock sound. I keep thinking of 10,000 Maniacs, and Natalie Merchant, but I don’t if there’s any real connection.