Songs You May Have Missed #527

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David Wilcox: “Eye of the Hurricane” (1989)

Never one to be content simply subsisting on what pop radio force-fed me, there was a time when I defiantly asserted my musical independence from lemminghood with statements like: “Steve Earle is MY Bruce Springsteen” and “The Jayhawks are MY Eagles”. Well, singer-songwriter David Wilcox seemed to fit the bill as MY James Taylor. Not meaning to say he’s a dead ringer in terms of singing voice, lyric content or any other particular characteristic. Wilcox just occupied the place for me that the better-known Taylor did for most.

The fact that the studio recording of “Eye of the Hurricane” and indeed the entire How Did You Find Me Here album sound like microphone and artist were placed into a giant tin can notwithstanding, Wilcox was known for thoughtful–at times even haunting–reflections crisply sung and smartly accompanied on acoustic guitar. Had Wilcox come on the scene about twenty years earlier, he might have competed for radio airplay with Taylor, Carly Simon and Cat Stevens. Instead he cultivates a small but loyal cult following and a rare spin on an NPR station.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/11/10/songs-you-may-have-missed-501/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/02/13/songs-you-may-have-missed-330/

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