As I describe in another post, I'm in the habit of posting questions on Facebook. It's a great way to harvest collective intelligence. A while ago I posed the question "Who, in the world of music, would you describe as underrated?" It worked exactly as hoped - I wasn't familiar with a single artist the various responders named.
Gerry Platt's choice: Tlokwe Sehume, saying "not only underrated, but undeniably integral. Transcend & include runs through most everything he has recorded; pan-African meets 'avant-garde' & everything in between. He should be a national treasure in South Africa, sadly he's not well known there. The little of his on youtube is not representative of his studio recordings."
Regardless, this is African Ish (Jam Sandwich).
Next up, Paul Alastair recommends Al Stewart, saying "a long run as both a singer and a songwriter. With some very insightful songs.
This is Mr. Stewart's song On the Border.
Jenny Bliss Lutes put forward the name Keb Mo, and that's all. Here he is with a solo acoustic rendition the song Am I Wrong.
Daniel O'Connor said "Not so much underrated as underknown, given their breath-taking talent, one of my favourites is Dream Theater." He provided a link to this song - Sacrificed Sons:
Gina Anala wrote "Underrated or not as well known as they should be? Elbow is a great band from the UK who can't seem to break very big elsewhere." This is an in-studio version of their song Lippy Kid.
Pete Strom named David Wilcox, who'll close this out with That Hypnotizin' Boogie.
What songs or musicians do you consider underrated? Leave a link in the comments.