Singers with minimalist guitar accompaniment
September 24, 2019 4:11 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for singers who play some sort of very minimalist guitar accompaniment, perhaps a melodic or bass line rather than full chords or strong rhythm. I'd prefer music that would broadly fall into the genres of folk or world music, but open to others too.
posted by miaow to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The first that came to my mind was Owen (Mike Kinsella):

Playing Possum for a Peek

Poor Souls

Never Meant

Good Deeds
posted by LizBoBiz at 4:25 AM on September 24, 2019 [2 favorites]

Eva Cassidy fits the bill for minimal guitar and beautiful singing.
posted by jquinby at 6:26 AM on September 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

How about Iron & Wine's Trapeze Swinger? Background voices, bass, piano, and other instruments come in as the song goes on, but that walking guitar rhythm continues.
posted by booth at 6:39 AM on September 24, 2019

Perotá chingó

Susana Baca isn't her own guitarist, but this arrangement uses the guitar in pretty restrained, tasteful ways.
posted by dr. boludo at 6:42 AM on September 24, 2019

Oh boy. Dan Reeder is exactly what you're looking for. E.g., Havana Burning. Often NSFW, but I think that one's clean enough.
posted by bricoleur at 9:15 AM on September 24, 2019

Not sure if this fits your bill, but "Fever", by Peggy Lee, has a minimalist bass line, along with finger snaps.
posted by alex1965 at 9:24 AM on September 24, 2019

Alexi Murdoch came to mind immediately. I think he fits the bill quite nicely.
posted by Champagne Supernova at 9:28 AM on September 24, 2019

Your ask makes me think of Erica Luckett, since she used strong simple baselines, and frequently played solo. But all the recordings I can find may have more ornamentation than you want.
posted by unknown knowns at 9:52 AM on September 24, 2019

Norah Jones - The Long Day Is Over
posted by Wild_Eep at 10:16 AM on September 24, 2019

Omg please listen to Culpables by Manuel Turizo - so good!
posted by Dressed to Kill at 12:08 PM on September 24, 2019

Tiny Vipers album "Life on Earth."
Life on Earth
posted by otolith at 12:22 PM on September 24, 2019

Eyes Closed cover by Rosé
posted by forforf at 2:42 PM on September 24, 2019

Nobody has mentioned Joao Gilberto? Is that too obvious?
posted by kevinbelt at 2:44 PM on September 24, 2019

Jessica Pratt, especially her most recent album.

This Time Around as a good example.
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 3:17 PM on September 24, 2019

Simple Twist of Fate -- Sarah Jarosz
posted by klanawa at 10:36 PM on September 24, 2019

Richard Buckner usually plays guitar as he sings, but not always.
posted by pupsocket at 7:14 AM on September 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

Some of the Tiny Desk concerts feature minimal accompaniment. I'd strongly reccomend the set by Lebanon's Yasmine Hamden.

Also, My Bubba - Poem Found in the Pocket of an Amazon.

From Argentina: Jose Larralde
posted by Rumple at 12:08 PM on September 25, 2019

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