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Freedy Johnston - 82% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1961, Kinsley, Kansas, USA. Johnston, a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose music defies easy categorization, made his debut for Bar/None Records in 1990 with the Chris Butler-produced The Trouble Tree. An accomplished record, highlighted by the artist’s succinct lyrics and able characterization of his subjects, it received positive reviews throughout the US un Read more

World Party - 79% match to Michael Penn

Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded on the talents of ex-Waterboys keyboard player Karl Wallinger (19 October 1957, Prestatyn, Wales), World Party had to work hard to shrug off comparisons with the leader of his former band, Mike Scott. This was a little unjust, bearing in mind Wallinger’s quite separate, but in many ways equal, songwriting abilities. Wallinger was born the son of an architect fat Read more

Neil Finn - 78% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand. Finn’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading songwriters was confirmed when he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1993, in recognition of his work with Split Enz and Crowded House. Following the latter band’s emotional farewell performance in Sydney on 24 November 1996, Finn set about reco Read more

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Bodeans - 75% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Matthew Sweet - 72% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 October 1964, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Before the success of his third album, 1991’s Girlfriend, Matthew Sweet had been best known for his work in the late 80s with the Golden Palominos. Before that, in the early 80s, he had recorded under the name Buzz Of Delight, based in Athens, Georgia, issuing a mini-album entitled Sound Castles which was produced by Don Dixon. Tw Read more

Cracker - 62% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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A rowdy update of the 70s Californian folk rock fraternity, Cracker are fronted by Redlands natives David Lowery (10 October 1960, San Antonio, USA; formerly the founder of skewed rock architects Camper Van Beethoven) and fellow guitarist Johnny Hickman. Vocalist Lowery had been recording offbeat pop songs from the age of 16, issuing a number of tapes before joining covers b Read more

John Wesley Harding - 62% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Wesley Harding Stace, 22 October 1965, Hastings, East Sussex, England. A self-styled renegade folk musician, Harding is a sharply observant and witty English songwriter who has had to battle critical carping over his vocal similarities to Elvis Costello. He decided to pursue a musical career after studying for a PhD in political and social theory at Cambridge University. Har Read more

James McMurtry - 60% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 March 1962, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Raised in Leesburg, Virginia, McMurtry’s father is award-winning novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry. Encouraged by his mother, an English teacher, James began playing guitar at the age of seven and soon began showing musical ability and a liking for country and rock. He began writing songs during his teens, occasionally perfo Read more

The Smithereens - 57% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Influenced by the 60s pop of the Beatles, Beach Boys and the Byrds, the Smithereens formed in New Jersey, USA, in 1980. Members Jim Babjak (guitar) and Dennis Diken (drums) had played together since 1971; Mike Mesaros (bass) was recruited in 1976, and finally Pat DiNizio (vocals). After recording two EPs, they backed songwriter Otis Blackwell (‘Great Balls Of Fire’) o Read more

Sonny Landreth - 55% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Blues Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 February 1951, Canton, Mississippi, USA. Being born in the birthplace or thereabouts of Elmore James, did not mean that Sonny Landreth had to play slide guitar, but it certainly makes good copy. In fact, after five years in Jackson, Mississippi, the family moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, and Landreth grew up surrounded by Cajun music and its lifestyle. At the age of 10, he Read more

Rhett Miller - 54% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Dallas, Texas, USA. Miller first came to notice as a founding member of the local alt country outfit, Old 97’s. The band issued several critically acclaimed yet commercially underachieving albums, including 1997’s Too Far To Care and 2001’s Satellite Rides. Although Miller had already issued one solo album back in 1994, Mythologies (which was comprised of mate Read more

Aimee Mann - 52% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1960, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Having begun performing with the punk-inspired Young Snakes, Aimee Mann achieved recognition during the mid-80s as the lead vocalist of the critically acclaimed ’Til Tuesday. Frustrated with the industry trying to push a more mainstream approach - and suggesting that writers outside the band should contribute material - Mann le Read more

Joe Henry - 52% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. As a child Henry moved to the Midwest through his father’s peripatetic job with car manufacturers Chevrolet. Most of his youth was spent in and around Detroit, where he met and married wife Melanie Ciccone (the sister of Madonna). They moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1985, then Los Angeles in 1990 when Ciccone was offered a job with Brian Read more

Patty Larkin - 52% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Iowa, USA. Expert guitarist and singer-songwriter Patty Larkin has described her style as ‘folk music meets the beat generation meets rock ‘n’ roll.’ In the meantime, critics have described her acoustic, electric and slide guitar technique and presentation as ‘comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt’. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Larkin studie Read more

Bruce Cockburn - 49% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 May 1945, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This guitarist and singer-songwriter has long been heralded as Canada’s best-kept secret. After studying briefly at the Berklee College Of Music, Cockburn began his career in the mid-60s as a member of the Children. He played with a number of other Canadian bands including the Esquires, the Flying Circus, Olivus and 3’s A Crowd Read more

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