Does a particular musician’s songwriting and artistry speak to you above all others?

I’ve enjoyed all forms of music over the 60+ years of music being the one constant in my life. My music tastes have certainly evolved over time.  I’ll cover that in another thread some day. Currently i find myself listening to jazz > 95% of the time. There is one particular artist who really speaks to me and i thoroughly enjoy each of the >270 songs he has written, arranged, recorded, and produced. Every other artist falls far short for me.
Guitarist Chris Standring lays down unique grooves in each song that can inspire (in me) toe tapping, soulful reflection, sensuality, air guitar picking, and other effects depending on the song. 
This is a personal connection I’ve developed with Standring’s music. I’ve had the opportunity to hear him play in an intimate diinner music house in Nashville the past 2 years. My wife loves his music also, which is the cherry on top!

Does anyone else have a musician who speaks to them?


I am a big Mark Knopfler fan . His brother David is also a fine talent. I think that he has made about 20 or so albums since leaving Dire Straits. You might give him a listen.

To my surprise I don’t believe anyone has mentioned the last four on my list (Gram Parsons might have made it if he had stuck around a little longer):




Lucinda Williams

Lennon/ McCartney

Van Morrison

Paul Simon