Omg I had this whole thing written out and then it just disappeared )=
Neways. Here goes again. I used to be a total music junkie, worked at a local independent music store, all that sort of thing. Past couple years had a harder time finding favorites that felt like they'd always be with me. The ones that are still your favorite in 40 years, you know? Found several things I'm really "into" still...
My taste is usually pretty eclectic, but of late has mostly been dominated by indie/folk type things.
Of old stuff, I'd recommend the first couple albums by the Avett Brothers. All their music is great, but a lot of people who have gotten into them only recently with their new found popularity only bother with the most recent albums. I grew up with them and the heart of what makes them great is on the earlier albums. The energy! Rough around the edges, yes but ooo it always makes me feel good. They can be sad or joyful, condemning or self deprecating. Make you cry or dance. I don't go to shows anymore because having seen them in backyards and impromptu with crowds ranging from just friends to 30 fans, seeing them in an amphitheater just doesn't *feel* the same to me. They're still great though.
One of my favorites: link
"I Would Be Sad" is always way way up there in my faves by them.
And you simply can't have Avett without "Talk On Indolence"
Of new stuff, I adore this bluegrassy band from Duluth, MN called Trampled By Turtles. All their albums are really good and they've evolved a lot. Not for everyone, but if you like that kind of sound, they write some lovely songs and are quite fun live.
Pretty song off their most recent album: link
Their "quintessential&a mp;q uot; song in their older stuff would probably be "Codeine"
There's also another NC band from around my hometown that released their first album earlier this year and have since received some well deserved national attention. They're called Mount Moriah and are also a bit folky with a touch of edge, but have much more of a gospel influence. Lovely people making lovely music.
This one: link