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Elliott Smith - 90% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Steven Paul Smith, 6 August 1969 Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 21 October 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. Raised in a musical family, acclaimed singer-songwriter Smith first recorded with Portland, Oregon-based alternative rockers Heatmiser. Despite achieving a modicum of success with this band’s generic Fugazi -inspired hard rock, Smith felt happier recording acoustic m Read more

Bert Jansch - 84% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 November 1943, Glasgow, Scotland. This highly gifted acoustic guitarist and influential performer learned his craft in Edinburgh’s folk circle before being absorbed into London’s burgeoning circuit, where he established a formidable reputation as an inventive guitar player. His 1965 debut, Bert Jansch, is a landmark in British folk music and includes ‘Do You Read more

Tim Buckley - 77% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Timothy Charles Buckey III, 14 February 1947, Washington, DC, USA, d. 29 June 1975, Santa Monica, California, USA. This radiant talent began his solo career in the folk clubs of Los Angeles. He was discovered by manager Herb Cohen who secured the singer’s recording contract with the prestigious Elektra Records label. 1966’s Tim Buckley introduced the artist as a sk Read more

John Martyn - 69% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Iain David McGeachy, 11 September 1948, New Malden, Surrey, England. McGeachy grew up with musically minded parents and at the age of 17, and now known as John Martyn, started his professional career under the guidance of folk artist Hamish Imlach. The long, often bumpy journey through Martyn’s career began when he arrived in London, where he was signed instantly by the Read more

Jeff Buckley - 65% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jeffrey Scott Buckley, 17 November 1966, Orange County, California, USA, d. 29 May 1997, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The son of respected singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley not unnaturally took exception to comparisons with his father, and cited his mother Mary Guibert as a greater influence. Having studied at the Los Angeles Musicians’ Institute, Jeff moved to Ne Read more

Iron And Wine - 58% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Sam Beam, South Carolina, USA. This Miami, Florida, USA-based one-man band earned comparisons to 70s folk rock icon Nick Drake with the release of his 2002 debut, The Creek Drank The Cradle. Multi-instrumentalist Sam Beam began issuing lo-fi tapes as Iron And Wine in the late 90s as a sideline to his day job as a cinematography teacher, crafting a slew of minimalist folk pop Read more

Vashti Bunyan - 58% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 2000s
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England. This UK singer-songwriter released a number of pop singles in the mid-60s but is best remembered for releasing one of the great, lost folk albums of the era. The former art school student was talent-spotted by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1965 and signed a recording contract with Decca Records. She released the Mick Jagger / Keith Richards compositio Read more

Jose Gonzalez - 57% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
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Joni Mitchell - 52% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Roberta Joan Anderson, 7 November 1943, Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada. After studying art in Calgary, this singer-songwriter moved to Toronto in 1964. The following February she gave birth to her daughter Kelly Dale Anderson but reluctantly gave her up for adoption at six months old (the subject was dealt with most memorably by the singer on the track ‘Little Green’ Read more

M. Ward - 47% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Matthew Ward, 1974, Ventura County, California, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ward manages to touch upon all the elements of the roots rock and alt country genres, earning comparisons to artists such as Tom Waits, Grandaddy, Sparklehorse, and Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb. Ward was first spotted as a member of the California-based trio Rodriguez, before setting out on h Read more

Paul Simon - 46% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Frederic Simon, 13 October 1941, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Simon first entered the music business with partner Art Garfunkel in the duo Tom And Jerry. In 1957, they scored a US hit with the rock ‘n’ roll influenced ‘Hey, Schoolgirl’. After one album, they split up in order to return to college. Although Simon briefly worked with Carole King recording Read more

The Tallest Man On Earth - 44% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Alexi Murdoch - 43% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
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Bob Dylan - 43% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music & Radio Pop / Rock Spoken Word Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Allen Zimmerman, 24 May 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Bob Dylan is without doubt one of the most influential figures in the history of popular music. He is the writer of scores of classic songs and is generally regarded as the man who brought literacy to rock lyrics.The son of the middle-class proprietor of an electrical and furniture store, as Read more

Cat Stevens - 43% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Christian & Gospel Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Stephen Demitri Georgiou, 21 July 1948, London, England. For Yusuf Islam, the constant search for the meaning of life that littered his lyrics and arose in interviews, seems to have arrived. Those who criticized his sometimes trite espousing now accept that his conversion to the Islamic faith and his retirement from a music world of ‘sin and greed’ was a committed Read more


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