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Elliott Smith - 100% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Drama Music Videos & Concerts 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 - 83% match to Nick Drake

Genres: 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

John Martyn - 78% 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

Tim Buckley - 76% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals Drama Folk Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts
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

Vashti Bunyan - 67% 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

Joni Mitchell - 58% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Folk Soundtracks Television Jazz Jazz Music & Radio Drama
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

Jeff Buckley - 56% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Drama
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 & Wine - 55% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks Documentaries
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

Sufjan Stevens - 54% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass Electronic & Ambient Folk
Decades Active: 2000s
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1 July 1975, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Indie pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens built up a cult following in the early years of the twenty-first century with a series of ambitious solo albums informed by his religious faith. Raised in Detroit, Stevens attended music school and college, where he learned to play the oboe, piano, guitar, bass, banjo an Read more

Neil Young - 53% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass Music & Radio Comedy Documentaries Drama Television Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Although Young maintains he had a happy childhood he contracted polio when he was 6 and throughout his teenage years he suffered the disintegration of his parents’ marriage (his father, Scott Young, was a hugely prolific sports writer and novelist). Having moved to Winnipeg as a child, Young began his enigmatic career as a mem Read more

Jose Gonzalez - 50% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Folk
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M. Ward - 48% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts
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

Townes Van Zandt - 48% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock Soundtracks Music Videos & Concerts Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Townes Van Zandt, 7 March 1944, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 1 January 1997, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, USA. A country and folk blues singer and guitarist, Van Zandt was a native Texan and great-grandson of one of the original settlers who founded Fort Worth in the mid-nineteenth century. The son of a prominent oil family, Van Zandt turned his back on financial security to pu Read more

Red House Painters - 47% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Once described by the New Musical Express as ‘the most intensely sad and beautiful new band of 1992’, this American indie band’s carefully sculpted, highly impressive work has hardly been over-publicized. Band leader Mark Kozelek (24 January 1967, Massillion, Ohio, USA) hates to do interviews, and is even less fond of having his picture taken, despite which he Read more

Paul Simon - 46% match to Nick Drake

Genres: Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Documentaries Folk Pop / Rock Jazz Kids & Family Music & Radio Comedy Country & Bluegrass Musicals & The Arts Soundtracks Spoken Word Television World Music
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


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