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What are your favourite acoustic songs?

Asked by Seek (34805points) November 20th, 2013
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You may know that my hubby is a musician

While his main project is well, the above, he does have a softer side. He is beginning to compile a set list of acoustic song covers – and non-acoustic songs he’ll convert – to play at various establishments in the area.

I’m trying to help him make his list of crowd-pleasers.

What would you like to hear, while enjoying a few brews with friends, or dinner with your significant other?

The current list includes a bit of Stevie Ray Vaughan, some Robert Johnson, a bit of Skynyrd, America – Sister Goldenhair, Some Beatles stuff – very George-heavy, and a bunch more. Just looking for some ideas.

Thank you!

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zenvelo's avatar

Bob Dylan covers are all best acoustic, and when sung with a good voice, usual well received. same with anything by Van Morrison.

And I like this young woman who is breaking through, Megan Slankard She’ll be on Jimmy Fallon next month.

dxs's avatar

I was just listening to Neil Young. Old Man…Heart of Gold…
Jim Croce: I Got a Name, Operator
James Taylor…
Good Riddance by Green Day.
Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
Goo Goo Dolls: Slide…Name…
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
Simon and Garfunkel?

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Seek's avatar

Oh, gods, I have got to find a way to convince him to do Natalie Imbruglia.

Not because that song wasn’t beaten repeatedly into my skull in 1998, but just as a personal challenge.

tom_g's avatar

Anything off of my favorite album (and favorite band) would work well as acoustic: Surfer Rosa (Pixies)

Nearly everyone knows “Where is my Mind” due to Fight Club.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

I love anything by Jim Croce, and frankly, now that you mention it, I haven’t heard him in way too long. When I’m out, Leroy Brown. At home chillin’ it would be Time In A Bottle.

Valerie111's avatar

The Beatles
You and Me – Lifehouse

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Valerie111's avatar

Hotel California – The Eagles

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1TubeGuru's avatar

Michael Hedges- because it’s there Steve Stevens -dementia

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

My current favourite is on my daughter Emma Cloney’s new album here is a private link to the video for that acoustic favourite link

If that won’t do, listen to The Mary Ellen Carter by the late Stan Rogers. His music inspired both Emma and me over many years.

Stan Rogers died while rescuing fellow passengers when an Air Canada plane crashed and caught fire the the Cincinnati airport on 2 June 1983. Emma first heard this song in her mother’s tummy at the Winnipeg Folk Festival of 1984 which was dedicated to the many musical contributions of Stan Rogers. Emma grew up in a home where I played that song very often. We both still listen to it in our own homes. Her daughters know it and dance to it as Emma often did.

Every year since 1983, the closing song at this internationally famous festival is… you guessed it, The Mary Ellen Carter. I guess after 30 years, it is absolutely a tradition.

Kardamom's avatar

Singalong Junk by Paul McCartney.

Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles, the instrumental only version from Anthology. Although, now that I’ve read your details, I doubt that your hubby could pull this one off on just a guitar.

Michelle by The Beatles. This You Tube version has simply cut the volume on Paul’s vocals, but I love the guitar and the song.

Here is someone playing an instrumental version of The Beatles’ Blackbird

KNOWITALL's avatar

Nirvana, janes addiction & Black Crowes all have badass songs to go acoustoc. Nirvava unplugged was so fab!

dxs's avatar

I’m working on an acoustic version of Stay by Lisa Loeb because I’m obsessed with that song. It’s coming out pretty good for a novice. I just wish I could sing better.

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Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Hmm, I can tell you a few of my favorites:
Itzhak Perlmann doing Carmen live on stage.
Anything by Andre Segovia
Anything acoustic by Al Dimeola
White Rabbit by Gillian Welch
Almost anything by Diana Krall or David Benoit on the piano

It’s very hard to say which single piece of music is my favorite. The favorite list is very long.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

While My Guitar Gently Weeps by Michael Hedges, November 12, 1997 in Somerville, Mass.

Well, he’s using an acoustic guitar with pickups, but only because of the venue.

CWOTUS's avatar

I like Jesse Cook’s guitar playing – a lot.

And Classical Gas is… well… a classic.

You can also pretty much take your pick from the Tom Rush playlist, too.

And Leo Kottke. And Mark Knopfler. Or Tommy Emmanuel. Richard Shindell. Tom Russell.

CWOTUS's avatar

There’s a particular Dar Williams song that I like a lot, too.

And Iris Dement.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Far Away and Heartbeats – José González

Though I’d be super impressed if he could pull off Tamacun :P

Buttonstc's avatar

James Taylor—Sweet Baby James

Eric Clapton—Tears in Heaven

John Denver—Perhaps Love, Annie’s Song
....and pretty much anything else he ever wrote :)

Cat Stevens—Morning Has Broken

James Taylor—Hard Times Come Again No More
(There’s a wonderful version on YT where he and Yo Yo Ma collaborate on this one. Classic)

CS&N—Teach Your Children Well

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