When it comes to lists of favorite singer-songwriters, it's easy to fill the list with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, etc. But how about your favorite singer-songwriter that doesn't fill arenas or amphitheaters? Give us your favorite 3-5 singer-songwriters that you can still see in intimate clubs. Mine are:

Cory Branan

Micah Schnabel and Shane Sweeney (Two Cow Garage)

Brent Best (Slobberbone, The Drams)

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Jim O'Rourke

Paul Kelly

Eric Bachmann

Tommy Keene

Bob Mould

[wish I could still see] Vic Chesnutt

I'll start with one of my all time favourites , Mark Eitzel. He's written some tremendous songs over the years but remains pretty much unknown. I can see him in venues that hold 300 or less. I seen his band American Music Club in one that size just a few years ago and it wasn't even full, a disgrace. 

Also :

Robert Ellis

Lee Bains III

Otis Gibb

Ryan Bingham

Otis Gibbs is a good one.

Not all are what you might call" Off the beaten track" but I have seen them all in small venues...

Dave Alvin

Guy Clark

Tom Russell

Alejandro Escovedo

Chuck Prophet

Anais Mitchell

Eilen Jewell

Elizabeth Cook

Tift Merritt

Gretchen Peters

seen all of these great songwriters in intimate settings in the past few years!

Some good ones here. I like guy Clark, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Alvin, and Elizabeth Cook.

Griffin House

Darrel Scott

Ryan Bingham

Todd Snider

( I guess he's getting close to the beaten path, but under the mainstream radar).  Brilliant, moving and hilarious.

Joe Rut .  

Way under the radar!  Just saw him at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.  Best show I've seen all year.  Similar to Todd Snider in some ways, but weirder (in a good way).  Plays a great guitar too.  Played some amazing b-bender  and slide stuff.

Moore Brothers

These 2 brothers sing amazing harmonies and you can't even SEE a cliche from where these song are standing.  Poppier than most of the stuff I listen to, but very unique.

Steve Forbert

David Mead

Peter Case

As a small concert promoter and festival producer, I have the luxury of booking dozens of new artists every year.  Recent ones who have played for me and caught some attention [from me and others] include Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers [Seattle], Eilen Jewel [not "new", but still relatively below the radar] [Idaho], Chris O'Brien [Boston], Dan Weber [Portland OR] and Gordie Tentree [Yukon].  I could easily list so many more artists who should be on the national/international "watch list," but who for one reason or another don't get the attention they deserve.

Gordie Tentrees gets my vote too.

Walt Wilkins

Slaid Cleaves

Hayes Carll

Al Anderson

Gary Nicholson

Declan O'Rourke

The late Terence Martin, a brilliant songwriter, who deserved a much wider audience for his music.

Greg Greenway, an awesome performer, now one third of folk trio Brother Sun.

NYC singer/songwriter James Maddock.




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