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Can you recommend some soft rock/singer songwriters in the same vein as Cat Stevens, Jim Croce?

Asked by pleiades (6597points) August 31st, 2014

As asked! Please and go HAM on this one. For the sake of discussion lets assume I have no idea who anyone is. And then at the same time assume I know a bunch of singer songwriters so in this sense you would have to really dig deep and throw forward the lesser known artists!

Alright thanks guys!

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zenvelo's avatar

Jesse Colin Young. Grey Day will get you started on him.

Of course, Seals and Crofts Summer Breeze sounds like what you;re looking for.

trailsillustrated's avatar

Jack Johnson. Foxegyn.

chyna's avatar

Simon and Garfunkle: Sounds of Silence.

Myuzikalsoul's avatar

Joe Satriani… though instrumental, and David Gilmour (On An Island) come to mind. :)

dappled_leaves's avatar

You asked for it: Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, John Denver, Bread, Roger Whittaker

Myuzikalsoul's avatar

Oh, and this is an awesome website:

Just type in the artist you want similar music to, and it generates several.

Some examples according to the map include:

America, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Pretenders, Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks, Paul Young, The Eagles, Kenny Loggins, Robby Williams, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, The Carpenters, Ani Difranco (one of my personal favorites), Joan Baez, Moody Blues, Sufjan Stevens, etc. Too many to name, and that was only off of Cat Stevens!!!

Buttonstc's avatar

Personally, I’ve always considered both Cat Stevens and Croce to be more in the category of folk musician/songwriters.

But anyhow, I think you’ll really like Dan Fogelberg. Two of his better known songs are “Leader of the Band” and “Longer”.

Leader of the Band was written as a wonderful tribute to his father, a real-life HS music teacher and band leader.

He was totally supportive of Dan’s decision to be a traveling musician and obviously a significant influence upon his musical knowledge and style.

Longer is a beautiful love song (Similar to Croce’s ” I’ll Have to Say I Love You In a Song”)

I’m on my old phone and can’t do links but YouTube is ever helpful as usual.

janbb's avatar

Try making a station for each of them on and you’ll get many other artists.

I like Tom Rush, John Prine, Tom Paxton, Gordon Lightfoot, Don McLean, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne…...

Buttonstc's avatar

And, I almost forgot one of the best songWRITERS, John Denver. And one of the most prolific as well.

His later songs didn’t reach
nearly the same level of fame
and popularity as a lot of his
earlier work (like Annie’s Song)
but have some of the most
beautifully poetic phraseology)

He was an unusually talented

And, closer to the Rock
category would be Rufus
Wainwright. “Across the

And depending on which
period of time, there’s Neil
Young (a part of both Buffalo
Springfield as well as Crosby
Stills and Nash.)
“Old Man” is just one example
of his stuff. A really talented
unique kind of guy.

flo's avatar

How about Adam Cohen, and hios father?

Pachy's avatar

Kenny Rankin !!! A wonderful vocalist—he passed away not long ago.

hearkat's avatar

Alexi Murdoch

Amos Lee

and I’ll throw in The Wood Brothers because they’re terrific, even though they don’t exactly fit the description (do not miss them if you have the chance to see them live).

flo's avatar

@hearkat I was hoping to sample some of the songs of Wood Brothers. They only provide the lyrics.

wildpotato's avatar

Jose Gonzalez
Elliott Smith
the last few Beck albums
Badly Drawn Boy
Iron & Wine
Mick Harvey
Stephen Stills
Tracy Chapman

sujenk7422's avatar

Harry Chapin
James Taylor
Carole King
Joni Mitchell

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