I know we are all guitar folks here but as a piano and organ player myself I've always felt there must be some equivalent good music based around keys rather than guitars, and if I could do something interesting with keys myself I'd get a lot more interesting opportunities. So I thought I might start a thread to ask for your recommendations for interesting keys based musicians and artists, particularly singer songwriter type stuff but anything that one could use as influences if one were a solo type act.
I generally find piano parts in modern music to be a bit too plinky plonky, and any other keys parts tend to be god awful synth pads.
Also, existing keys based artists that I'd like to rule out as they are the opposite of what I mean by interesting piano based music would be:
Muse when he tries to play piano
In general the kind of music I'd like to find the equivalent to:
Jack White sounding stuff (The Dead Weather are proving useful so far with the guitorgan sounds, their slower moodier type songs in particular from the first album)
I'm hoping that by listening to what others do, I might be able to a) find and enjoy some new music and b) get some ideas of how to write and arrange stuff based around keys. Rhythm guitar is a really easy good way to accompany yourself but the same textures and rhythms don't translate to piano/keys that well in my view. I'm also not looking to play proper jazz, though because I've played a lot of jazz in the past my playing does often have similar influences in terms of feel and vibe (kind of in the same way Jeff Buckley's guitar playing has jazzy elements to it without it actually being jazz)
So go on then, who is good?
And if there's anything good about me, I'm the only one who knows