Not hip to the concept of outsider music? Fear not. Irwin Chusid, author of Songs in the Key of Z, the Bible of this "genre," will enlighten you:
Outsider musicians are often termed "bad" or "inept" by listeners who judge them by the standards of mainstream popular music. Yet despite dodgy rhythms and a lack of conventional tunefulness, these often self-taught artists radiate an abundance of earnestness and passion. And believe it or not, they're worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality...
Most of the artists below appear in Chusid's book and or the fabulous Songs in the Key of Z CD compilations,
Wesley Willis will get you in the holiday mood
Here's some Yuletide cheer with Wild Man Fischer
Daniel Johnston making spirits bright
B.J. Snowden is a one-woman Christmas Party with Fred Schneider of the B52s
Finally, I'm not sure what this is ....
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