I'm sure that there are lots of us out there who have a love for particular singers and bands who it turns out that no-one has ever heard of
I'd like to ask you: if there's ONE artist who you're really into that rarely or seldom gets a mention on here (or anywhere else for that matter) but you think they deserve a much wider audience and a few more CD sales, who would that be?
I've discovered a lot of artists who I wouldn't have ordinarily have got to hear by asking people this, or often by chance. Neil Finn reckons that the first Crowded House album sold well due to this word-of mouth basis. This your chance to provide a little bio, perhaps an URL or two, perhaps a link where you can sample their music?
My vote goes to Paul Brady. He's an Irish singer-songwriter who's been around for years, originally in traditional Irish music but he started writing his own songs in the 80s, gaining lots of local success and critical respect but hardly the commercial success he ought to have had. His songs have been covered by Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and lots of others, he's collaborated with people like U2 and Dire Straits.
He's best heard live in concert, but his albums 'Hard Station' and 'Back To The Centre' are pretty representative.
You can hear samples at http://paulbrady.com/sounds/default.asp but I'd recommend either of the two albums above, or have a search on audiogalaxy.
That's me, now what about your secret favourites?