This thread might generate some fun debate ...
My most underrated is Patty Griffin
My most overrrated is Coldplay
Over : Flaming Lips
Under : Mike Cooley
Cooley - YES.
Brian, I like your choices but I'm going to go with:
Most underrated: Ian Hunter
Most overrated: Kanye West
Nice to see Ian Hunter mentioned, he's still doing great music in his 70's. There are so many overrated artists? I wouldn't know where to begin. I can't believe Sam Baker isn't a household name in Americana discussions.
This might be an odd place to mention T. Rex, but they certainly influenced many Americana and Blues artists over the past 4 decades. (Alejandro Escovedo, Chuck Prophet, Devandra Banhart, Black Keys to name a few) They never caught on in this country, go figure. To this day the Brits recognize great Americana more than we do.
You're right. Another good example of the UK's great taste in Americana is Richmond Fontaine. Pretty big band over there -- but not here -- even though they're based in Portland. Talk about underrated...Post to Wire is a great record.
T Rex ! Now as a Brit I don't get that..they were at best a boy band led by a pretty boy with little talent - their critical star inreased after the accident but to put them forward on this is frankly ludicrous IMHO.
I mentioned T. Rex mainly as an influence on music that came after which includes Americana and Blues. Recently Danny Barnes has done a wonderful cover of Bang a Gong, check it out!
It's all about opinions eh ? For me T-Tex were a classic singles band and made a classic album in Electric Warrior, brilliant .
completely agree on T. Rex...recycled rock (Chuck Berry ) riffs aimed at pre teenage girls .Held in complete scorn at the time by anyone over 16 with half a brain .But my personal mystery is why Elvis Costello gets the hype .Voice like scratching glass with a nail . And too wordy by half old boy..never heard of "less is more ".But perhaps we overrate everybody in our quest for an omnipotent hero figure .Musos to save the world? Nearly all of 'em are dysfunctional to a marked degree .That's entertainment (read "showbiz") for ya .
Under : Chuck Prophet
Over : Too many to list
Under: Jellyfish (not Americana but if we're going with T Rex..)
Over: U2 by a far distance
Off the top of my head:
Underrated: Delaney & Bonnie
Overrated: Pearl Jam