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If you’re looking for musicians that sound like Bob Dylan, look no further than The Tallest Man on Earth, Johnny Flynn or Joanna Newsom.

There are no shortage of singers similar to Bob DylanBob DylanBob DylanAverage rating: Like, with 330 Ratings and 301 ReviewsBorn: May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA Singer, songwriter, “song and dance man”. Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 (Performer). Most Recent Discography: October 31, 2013: The Complete AMore Details out there, so if you’re a fan of the great man and would like to hear some music which takes its inspiration and its style from him, this article might give you some ideas.

What Artists have been Influenced by Bob DylanBob DylanBob DylanAverage rating: Like, with 330 Ratings and 301 ReviewsBorn: May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA Singer, songwriter, “song and dance man”. Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 (Performer). Most Recent Discography: October 31, 2013: The Complete AMore Details?

Perhaps an easier question to answer, with a shorter list of artists, would be which artists have not been influenced by Bob DylanBob DylanBob DylanAverage rating: Like, with 330 Ratings and 301 ReviewsBorn: May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA Singer, songwriter, “song and dance man”. Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 (Performer). Most Recent Discography: October 31, 2013: The Complete AMore Details!

Or indeed, which people, outside of the world of music, have not been touched by DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details, as my colleague Roxanne Sancto points out here.

A shorter list of artists, would be which artists have not been influenced by Bob DylanBob DylanBob DylanAverage rating: Like, with 330 Ratings and 301 ReviewsBorn: May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA Singer, songwriter, “song and dance man”. Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 (Performer). Most Recent Discography: October 31, 2013: The Complete AMore Details

As such an important figure in the evolution of modern music, there are countless artists who have been influenced by the man and have developed a unique style from his own.

In this article I’ll concentrate in four particular of my favourites, who not only took inspiration from the man but can be seen as natural successors to his type of music.

Johnny FlynnJohnny FlynnJohnny FlynnAverage rating: Love, with 16 Ratings and 16 ReviewsEnglish singer-songwriter from London. Most Recent Discography: January 1, 2013: Country Mile (Album); January 1, 2010: Been Listening (Album); January 1, 2008: A Larum (Album); January 1, 2008: Tickle Me Pink (Single); January 1, 2007: The Box (SingMore Details

A South African-born, English-raised American-folk-music-spinning actor and musician, Johnny FlynnJohnny FlynnJohnny FlynnAverage rating: Love, with 16 Ratings and 16 ReviewsEnglish singer-songwriter from London. Most Recent Discography: January 1, 2013: Country Mile (Album); January 1, 2010: Been Listening (Album); January 1, 2008: A Larum (Album); January 1, 2008: Tickle Me Pink (Single); January 1, 2007: The Box (SingMore Details readily acknowledges his own dependence on DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details as an influence.

Going further than this, Flynn delved into those influences which shaped DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details himself, thus seeping himself in the accrued knowledge of the man and his predecessors.

Johnny FlynnJohnny FlynnJohnny FlynnAverage rating: Love, with 16 Ratings and 16 ReviewsEnglish singer-songwriter from London. Most Recent Discography: January 1, 2013: Country Mile (Album); January 1, 2010: Been Listening (Album); January 1, 2008: A Larum (Album); January 1, 2008: Tickle Me Pink (Single); January 1, 2007: The Box (SingMore Details readily acknowledges his own dependence on DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details as an influence

And such an influence can be seen in the complex acoustic guitar melodies, the poignant and sometimes political lyrics and the embracing of the folk genre in general.

The Tallest Man on Earth

Swede Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man on Earth, also admits to being a disciple of DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details and goes one further than Flynn, by not only using DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details-esque catchy guitar riffs but also having a similar voice.

Admits to being a disciple of DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details

Indeed, one not so well-versed with Dylan’s canon might be forgiven for thinking that it was in fact the man himself singing on Matsson’s The Wild Hunt or Shallow Grave.

To read more about my opinions of this excellent musician, and other great bands and artists from that part of the world, check out this piece.

Joanna NewsomJoanna NewsomJoanna NewsomAverage rating: Like, with 50 Ratings and 47 ReviewsAmerican harpist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer and songwriter, born 18 January 1982 in Nevada City, California, USA. Most Recent Discography: February 18, 2010: Have One On Me (Album); November 14, 2006: Ys (Album); March 23, 2004: The Milk-Eyed MMore Details

As well as many great male singers similar to Bob DylanBob DylanBob DylanAverage rating: Like, with 330 Ratings and 301 ReviewsBorn: May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, USA Singer, songwriter, “song and dance man”. Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 (Performer). Most Recent Discography: October 31, 2013: The Complete AMore Details, there are also some fantastic female musicians who could be compared to the great man.

Joanna NewsomJoanna NewsomJoanna NewsomAverage rating: Like, with 50 Ratings and 47 ReviewsAmerican harpist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer and songwriter, born 18 January 1982 in Nevada City, California, USA. Most Recent Discography: February 18, 2010: Have One On Me (Album); November 14, 2006: Ys (Album); March 23, 2004: The Milk-Eyed MMore Details is one such artist, whose mastery of the harp and the piano, as well as the full range of harmonics, is truly a delight to watch.

There are also some fantastic female musicians who could be compared to the great man

Personally I prefer her earlier albums Y and The Milk-Eyed Mender, where her sound seemed more raw, untrained and, bizarrely, a little like Lisa Simpson.

Her later album Have One on Me seems a little too polished and concentrates a little too much on showing off her excellent vocal range for me, where she seems more happy to warble notes out for the longest period of time possible than construct a compelling song.

This, however, is coming from the man who attempted to accompany her, falsetto, in a live performance of Peach, Plum, Pear in a crowd of disapproving fans.

My awful attempt lasted a mere two lines before the angry stares of those around me and my own sense of idiotic shame got the better of me …

Thankfully, my awful attempt lasted a mere two lines before the angry stares of those around me and my own sense of idiotic shame got the better of me.

On second thoughts, warble as long as you want, Joanna.

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Jake BuggJake Bugg - Jake BuggJake Bugg – Jake BuggAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstDebut album from young Nottingham singer-songwriter whose breakthrough came with the songs “Trouble Town”, “Country Song” (as featured in the Greene King IPA TV advert) and the single “Lightning Bolt”. ‘Lightning Bolt’ ‘Two Fingers’ ‘Taste It’ ‘Seen More Details

Young English whipper-snapper Jake BuggJake Bugg - Jake BuggJake Bugg – Jake BuggAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstDebut album from young Nottingham singer-songwriter whose breakthrough came with the songs “Trouble Town”, “Country Song” (as featured in the Greene King IPA TV advert) and the single “Lightning Bolt”. ‘Lightning Bolt’ ‘Two Fingers’ ‘Taste It’ ‘Seen More Details released his first solo album to great critical acclaim at the tender age of 18.

He too combines folksy ballads with more urgent, frenetic foot-tappers to create an impression that he may go on to emulate great things in the future – though he was heavily criticised from some quarters by having most of his songs written for him, something very un-DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details-like.

His first solo album to great critical acclaim at the tender age of 18

However, he is still very young, and there were snatches of huge potential on his debut, such as Seen It All and Broken, and while he may not have wowed to such an extent as the others on this list, he is certainly one to watch for the future.

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You shouldn’t Let other People get your Kicks for you

But there’s nothing wrong with taking some friendly advice.

If you have any to dispense about other similar artists to DylanBob Dylan - DylanBob Dylan – DylanAverage rating: Unrated – be the FirstAlbum released by Columbia without Dylan’s authorization after he had signed with Asylum Records. Never issued on CD in the USA or UK, it was released on CD in Japan (1990) and mainland Europe (1991). Track Listing: 1: Lily Of The West (3:44); 2: CanMore Details, One of us Must Know (Sooner or Later), so Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window and Don’t Think Twice it’s Alright before posting below… if you don’t it might lead to a whole lot of Mixed Up Confusion and If Not for You, such nuggets of wisdom might end up Blowin’ in the Wind.

I apologise profusely for the shameless song-punnery…

But get in on the act yourself below.

You know you want to!

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  • Jonathan Cherqui

    What about Sixto Rodriguez? First time I heard this song I thought it was Dylan … Quite good as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWjUuWzF43I

    • http://itcher.com/mag Jonny Sweet

      Yeah, good call… though more of a contemporary than a direct influencee, no? Also, I’m aware that’s definitely not a word. Also, excellent film… and sad news today about the director Malilk Bendjelloul. RIP.