5 Musicians That Are In My Ears Right Now

Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately…

Chris Smither

Chris Smither is classic acoustic blues, and this song just makes me feel good. He put a lot of thought, it seems, into his lyrics. I can pick out what his worldview is if I listen long enough.

That voice sticks out among a choir of uniform and forgettable singers. I wish I could sing that low, but it sounds like Smither is hogging most of the low-register-singing skills in the world.

Sufjan Stevens

He’s back, and I still have no idea what most of his lyrics mean. But he has enough relatable lines in there that make the album sing-along-able.

He’s still Sufjan, which I’m glad for. Because I didn’t care for The Age Of Adz – I think he went too deep in the deep end of the pool with that one. Carrie & Lowell is a sort of a swimming back to where most people, including me, like him the best.

Josh Garrels

I love the music he makes. He’s on my “Top Five All-Time Favorite Musicians” list. And Home is a solid next step for him.

Shawn James

I hear a 20-person choir backing this artist (like this performance by Nick Jonas), especially in the above song. Somewhat of a chain-gang feel. I may have to steal something from these guys.

Ben Sollee

It’s difficult to go wrong with Sollee. I mean, who can deny listening to a fellow playing cello and singing at the same time?