Name This Singer
March 7, 2004 11:14 AM   Subscribe

A few years ago someone gave me a tape of a gravelly voiced Russian folk singer who sounds a lot like Tom Waits. I believe he's fairly well known. Does anyone know who it might be?

On my tape, he plays guitar while he sings and sounds like he enjoys vodka.
posted by mert to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
Vladimir Visotsky (or Vysotsky)? He isn't that gravelly but his songs have that kind of dance hall/cabaret tone that Waits mines. He's a huge star in Russia.
posted by TimeFactor at 11:31 AM on March 7, 2004

and what Russian doesn't enjoy vodka?
posted by TimeFactor at 11:33 AM on March 7, 2004

Response by poster: Yes. You got it, thank you!
posted by mert at 11:58 AM on March 7, 2004

Web site
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:15 PM on March 7, 2004


I think I know who you are talking about, does he sing songs about how his brother was a lawyer but he got sent to Siberia for being a thief? He also plays a mandolin? His songs are very funny.

Are we talking about the same guy? I will get the name for you, if I am right, but if not, tell me what he sings about and my folks will know for certain.
posted by crazy finger at 7:49 PM on March 7, 2004

Response by poster: It's Vladimir Vysotsky--Time Factor got it. I just downloaded 50 of his songs from Kazaa.
posted by mert at 8:50 PM on March 7, 2004

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