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Male Indie Singer-Songwriters: Acoustic

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Although I love all genres of music, and usually pick what I listen to based on my mood, I find that lower-key music wins a good chunk of the time. In addition, I'm love acoustic guitar. I've always loved the instrument since I first heard Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills & Nash way back in high school.

I put this playlist together for myself. It features new-ish male indie singer-songwriters and acoustic guitars. I have no preference of male over female vocalists, but honing it further made sense to me, so keep an eye out for the female version to come.

Although you could certainly argue that not all of the artists in this list could be considered "indie", especially Kevin Devine, Ray Lamontagne, Damien Rice and Ryan Adams; I find that their music fits like a glove with artists like Elliot Smith, M. Ward, Badly Drawn Boy and Iron & Wine. I've taken care to include only significant tracks that feature the beauty of a good voice and an acoustic guitar.

In the end, this playlist contains 20 tracks that are not only personal favorites, but fit together into a cohesive 1 hour and 11 minute program.

The Playlist:

1. Ain't No Reason - Brett Dennen

2. Brooklyn Boy - Kevin Devine

3. Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez

4. John Wayne Gacy, Jr. - Sufjan Stevens

5. Only You - Joshua Radin

6. Naked As We Came - Iron & Wine

7. Angeles - Elliott Smith

8. White Center - Damien Jurado 

9. Poison Cup - M. Ward 

10. It's The Nighttime - Josh Rouse

11. Girl In The War - Josh Ritter

12. In The Sun - Joseph Arthur 

13. Fewer Words - Badly Drawn Boy

14. The Wind that Blew My Heart Away - Fruit Bats

15. Sundress (Acoustic) - Ben Kweller

16. Can I Stay - Ray Lamontagne 

17. Eskimo - Damien Rice

18. Sail Away - David Gray

19. When The Stars Go Blue - Ryan Adams

20. Across The Universe - Rufus Wainwright 

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