Your Own Personal MOUNT RUSHMORE Of Singer-Songwriters!

If you could choose 4 heads to comprise a Mount Rushmore-type tribute to American Singer-Songwriters(includes Canada and Mexico), who would they be?

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The 4 heads I would choose are:


Warren Zevon

Townes Van Zandt

Bob Dylan

Bruce Springsteen


As much as I love him, John Hiatt would just miss the cut.  John Prine, Hank Williams, Neil Young and Kris Kristofferson were also finalists.

This is going to be a difficult Rushmore to top

L-R: Dave Alvin, Tom Russell, John Prine, Chris Smither

Excellent choices, Jack.

Thanks Jack......that made my day.

I think I've still got to learn a lot about Americana, that's the reason why I'm here.


So far my list looks like this:


Bob Dylan

Johnny Cash


Mark Olson/Gary Louris

Tuco, looks to me like you've got a pretty good start on learning about Americana; that's a fine list of singer-songwriters!

Thanks, Randy. I always liked Bob Dylan and Neil Young. But in the first place I was interested in Zappa and prog rock. But the older I get the more I appreciate alternative country. I hope to discover some unknown gems.

It is so great to see Howe Gelb in a Rushmore ;)

Bob Dylan

Merle Haggard

Billy Joe Shaver

Hank Williams

Can't resist giving a special mention to Dan Penn , legend of Soul music !

And for Canada :

Joni Mitchell

Leonard Cohen

Neil Young

Fred Eaglesmith

Your post is the only reason I know Billy Joe Shaver exists...better late than never (thank you)

I just noticed this reply Mary , thanks !

Hope you're a firm fan by now, make sure to check out Waylons 'Honky Tonk Heroes" album, probably the best way to do a quick catch up on Billy Joe's songwriting ability (he wrote 10 of the 11 songs on it !)

Apart from one of the numerous Billy Joe compilations mind you !



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