Looking for bands similar to The Black Keys and Ray Lamontage
May 11, 2014 3:24 PM   Subscribe

My dad and I are about to go on a road trip from Arizona to San Francisco. I'm looking for music to play along the way that's similar to The Black Keys and Ray Lamontagne that my dad and I can both enjoy- we really like both artists.

I just discovered Hozier, which is exactly what I'm looking for. My dad is also a big fan of The Rolling Stones but Mick Jagger's voice kind of grates on me, so if anyone can recommend a band that's like the Stones but a with a completely different sounding singer that'd be great.

Any recommendations for bands, songs, or albums are appreciated. Thanks, guys!
posted by mollywas to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Damien Rice might fit the bill if you haven't heard him before.
posted by peteyjlawson at 3:26 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]

I think you guys might like John Hiatt. I've always liked his album, "Slow Turning" as driving music.
posted by davebush at 3:36 PM on May 11

My new favorite band lately is Lucius. Lead singers are women so hopefully that still works - I think there are some similarities but it's hard for me to pin down why I think that. Gritty, soulful, but with good rhythm and not too depressing? Here's an NPR tiny desk concert, and their song Hey, Doreen is what got me interested.
posted by belau at 4:18 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]

You might enjoy Cold War Kids.
posted by reductiondesign at 4:29 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]

White Stripes / Jack White solo stuff

PW Long / PW Long's Reelfoot

Mark Lanegan
posted by davidvanb at 5:22 PM on May 11

davebush: "I think you guys might like John Hiatt. I've always liked his album, "Slow Turning" as driving music."

"Slow Turning" and the followup, "Perfectly Good Guitar", accompanied me across Arizona many years ago. Great choice.

I'm a big fan of Calexico, whose Tucson roots bleed through in their mariachi-jazz-rock.
posted by notsnot at 5:44 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]

Alabama Shakes might fit the bill.
posted by mattholomew at 6:08 PM on May 11

Iron & Wine
posted by wats at 7:08 PM on May 11

Glen Hansard, including the stuff he's done with The Swell Season and The Frames.
posted by Blitz at 7:49 PM on May 11

The Devil Makes Three mixes well with the others, and adds some nice catchy variety, too.
posted by mochapickle at 7:52 PM on May 11

Junior Kimbrough was a huge influence on The Black Keys and has a slightly bluesier but super similar sound. If you have Chulahoma, you already know some of his songs!
posted by saul wright at 8:48 PM on May 11

I'm driving around with Amos Lee these days. His song "Windows Are Rolled Down" seems particularly appropriate for a road trip.
posted by Merinda at 9:59 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]

Alabama Shakes.
posted by dekathelon at 10:22 PM on May 11

Cat Power
posted by Sal and Richard at 10:37 PM on May 11

Trampled by turtles
posted by WeekendJen at 7:22 AM on May 12

John Butler Trio
posted by h00py at 8:12 AM on May 12

Check out the playlist of CBC Radio 2 Morning. Ray Lamontagne and Hozier both feature pretty regularly.

A couple of specifics too: Rufus Wainwright, City and Colour, HAIM.
posted by snorkmaiden at 8:29 AM on May 12

Ryan Bingham
posted by jabes at 12:45 PM on May 12

How about Amos Lee?
posted by littleredwagon at 1:34 PM on May 12

How about Catl ?
They're a "stripped down, juke-joint blues band" out of Toronto. They just put out a new album too.
posted by Kabanos at 8:46 AM on May 13

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