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Old 01-31-2020, 07:32 AM
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American singer who sounds like Elvis Costello?


Heard him on XM the other day. I just remember he's from Austin TX. He has a group with his name in it. I bet someone from Austin knows his name.
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:18 AM
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Do you remember what station it was on? Some stations show a list of artists/songs they've played and you might be able to look back and figure it out from there. Also, I think some DJs are good at replying to emails if you ask them (probably moreso if you ask them on social media).
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Most likely not the guy you're looking for, but Donnie Vie from Enuff Z'Nuff sounds a lot like Elvis Costello.
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:54 AM
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Fastball satisfies most of the criteria. I thought of them just from the thread title, before reading the OP, and did not know they were from Austin until I just looked at Wikipedia.

Their big hit was The Way.
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Old 01-31-2020, 11:48 AM
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not Donnie Vie or fastball .
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Old 01-31-2020, 12:31 PM
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"Spoon" doesn't have anyone's name in it (obviously), but they're from Austin and have a bit of an Elvis vibe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd6aXM8WHGw
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Old 01-31-2020, 12:55 PM
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Heard him on XM the other day. I just remember he's from Austin TX. He has a group with his name in it. I bet someone from Austin knows his name.

I love my XM radio but the one thing you can guarantee is that any song that is in their rotation this month will be repeated every couple of hours on several related stations.

You can also stream live or rewind/rebroadcast programming blocks so there's a good chance you'll here it again... fairly soon.
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don't remember which channel it was on , I listen to a lot.
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I was totally stunned when I saw on the radio it was not EC. This guy was dead on the same.
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Old 01-31-2020, 06:49 PM
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Graham Parker sounds exactly like Elvis Costello, but he isn’t American.
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Found a list of Austin musicians but he's not on it. Still looking for his name.
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Old 02-01-2020, 05:47 PM
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Good luck. Back in the 1990s I heard a radio article on NPR about a Scottish rock band. It sounded very interesting and I made a note to find out more.

Of course, in the early 1990s, you couldn’t just pull out your phone and look up the transcript and then look up the band and stream the songs. All I could remember was that they were Scottish and the band’s name might have started with “T.”

A few years later I managed to find a telephone number for NPR and managed to get a receptionist or intern or something but with that meager information she wasn’t able to help me.

In the early 2000s I heard Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant mention a Scottish band called “Texas” and I figured that might be it. I bought a bunch of Texas’s c.d.s second hand on Amazon. No, that didn’t sound like what I was looking for.

Then last year I was randomly surfing on YouTube and came across a late night talk show interview with Kelly MacDonald and she mentioned her husband was a Scottish musician in a band called Travis.

Ah hah! Some 30 years later I finally figured out that Scottish band I was meaning to look up.

May you have an easier time.
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In the early years of his career John Wesley Harding (late 80s? Early 90s?) was noted for his similarities (voice and songwriting) to Elvis Costello


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In the early years of his career John Wesley Harding (late 80s? Early 90s?) was noted for his similarities (voice and songwriting) to Elvis Costello


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He's British, though.
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A description of whatís behind that link would be nice.
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In the early years of his career John Wesley Harding (late 80s? Early 90s?) was noted for his similarities (voice and songwriting) to Elvis Costello
It helped that he had Bruce Thomas and Pete Thomas in his backing band.

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He's British, though.
Yes, and sounds it, though IIUC he's been living in the US for some time now.
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I've always thought Joe Jackson sounded kinda like a knockoff Elvis Costello, but that's probably just me.
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Huey Lewis has been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
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really? I have always found Huey Lewis to be cloyingly earnest.
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It's Kurt Baker , he's from Maine not Austin

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It's Kurt Baker , he's from Maine not Austin

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Yes, he does indeed sound like heís channeling some Elvis Costello there. In fact, this link led me to a different song, a terrific cover of Cruel to Be Kind. Iím glad you shared this artist!

https://youtu.be/IBArHrEei5U
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Yes, he does indeed sound like heís channeling some Elvis Costello there. In fact, this link led me to a different song, a terrific cover of Cruel to Be Kind. Iím glad you shared this artist!

https://youtu.be/IBArHrEei5U
Heh, "Cruel to Be Kind" is the one song I always get confused as being an Elvis Costello song.
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Old 02-02-2020, 10:33 AM
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funny how I found him. Went to enter a URL and his wiki page was suggested since I visited that page before
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Heh, "Cruel to Be Kind" is the one song I always get confused as being an Elvis Costello song.
Nick Lowe is another one who I've occasionally mistaken for Elvis Costello.
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Lowe produced Costello 's first few albums.
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Lowe produced Costello 's first few albums.
And of course Costello famously and very successfully covered Lowe's "What's So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding". It's one of my very favorite songs, a great recording (of course produced by Nick Lowe).
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Huey Lewis has been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
Compared!? They were the backing band for Costello's debut album!
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It's Kurt Baker , he's from Maine not Austin

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Wow, you're right, he sounds exactly like Elvis Costello.
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Good luck. Back in the 1990s I heard a radio article on NPR about a Scottish rock band. It sounded very interesting and I made a note to find out more.

Of course, in the early 1990s, you couldnít just pull out your phone and look up the transcript and then look up the band and stream the songs. All I could remember was that they were Scottish and the bandís name might have started with ďT.Ē.
Heh, I read this far and thought "Travis". Should've asked on the Dope .
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Heh, I read this far and thought "Travis". Should've asked on the Dope .
Ha! I probably did in the lost threads of the early 2000s. I should have repeated the call periodically.
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I used to mix up EC and Marshall Crenshaw.

Listening now, their voices aren't really that similar. I think their styles are though.
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OP's question has been answered but I think I might still be able to name the closest Elvis Costello soundalike yet:

Lowest of the Low - Do the Right Now
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but they are Canadian which is like British but with a mostly American accent.
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Depending on the production, year, and type of song, often times Doug Sahm (of the Sir Douglas Quintet & Texas Tornados) sounds like Elvis Costello - or vice versa. He's from San Antonio, not Austin.

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Don't know where they are from or the name of their singer but I've always thought this Parquet Courts song sounds like a lost Elvis classic. Great track, sorry I can't be more help.
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Huey Lewis has been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
Crap. Someone beat me to it about the band. They were called Clover then.

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The late Pat Dinizio (of the Smithereens) had that quality.
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Crap. Someone beat me to it about the band. They were called Clover then.
And Huey Lewis didnít participate in those sessions.

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The late Pat Dinizio (of the Smithereens) had that quality.
I agree. I've always thought the vocals on many Smithereens songs sounded a lot like Elvis Costello. Just not as angry.
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