Tom Waits

There is not, and will never be, another Tom Waits. Influenced by the beat generation, this genre-crossing purveyor of gritty sonic passion makes poetry out sorrow, corruption, poverty, and hope. With elements of jazz, blues, vaudeville, folk, and experimental music, his playing punctuates and envelopes the gravelly croon of his deep, expressive vocals. Starting with jazz in 1970s and gradually evolving into a darkly beautiful genre all his own, Waits quickly captured the heart of the American "everyman", continuing strongly in similar veins decades into the future. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and named one of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2015, Tom Waits is one of the world’s few living legends.