2017 Rock Eligibles

The premature death of front man, Shannon Hoon brought to an end what may have been a Hall of Fame career. Best known for their folksy hit, No Rain, Blind Melon scored big with their debut album in a way that was not typical of other Alternative bands of their time. The group drew more from Classic Rock than Grunge, yet crossed over to both sets.…
Named Buckethead, because well…..he wears a bucket on his head, Brian Patrick Carroll may very well be one of the most talented guitarists ever. He is also among the strangest. Unlike other shredders, Buckethead’s music ranges from the Progressive to Jazz to Avant-Garde and all points in between. There is no doubting his talent, although many doubt his sanity.  
Moving effortlessly from Alternative Country to Alternative Pop, Cracker had a decent run in the early 90’s. However like many bands that flirted with the Alternative scene (regardless of what it was), Cracker was not able to keep their momentum in the last half of the decade and essentially faded away. With that said, they have announced a return and you never know what it is…
Although English Singer/Songwriter David Gray never hit it big in the United States, he did manage to establish himself at home. With a fiery vocal style and an earnest delivery, Gray was easily among the best of his genre for his time. Although he people who did hear them in the States responded well, he just wasn’t able to generate a passionate fan base, though he…
Generally Heavy Metal is not associated with innovation, but Fear Factory is definitely an exception to that statement. Blending Death/Industrial Metal with Electronica, Fear Factory continued the evolution of Metal and inspired another wave of headbanging musicians. Creatively, the band also explored complex lyrics and was known for taking their listeners on a journey throughout their albums. Their limited Hall of Fame chances however lie upon…
Embracing their Irish roots and with White Rappers slowly being accepted by this point, House of Pain managed to score big with the International hit, Jump Around. They did record three albums, but try to find anyone who knows anything other than that one major hit. Not exactly a Hall of Fame resume. 
Although many in North America considered Jamiroquai a one hit wonder from the Global smash, Virtual Insanity, the British band was anything but. Scoring hit after hit in their native England (and they were successful on the U.S. Dance charts too), the band developed their smooth blend of Acid Jazz to near perfection. With a soulful Stevie Wonderesque vocal, they continue to deliver a successful blend…
Despite their name, Blues was not exactly the staple genre of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. In fact, the Blues really played very little in the catalogue of music that the group did. Actually, trying to categorize this group was always difficult, as they bounced between varying places in the Alternative spectrum, though regardless of where they landed, they were always unique.  The Bullet Points:Eligible Since:…
Although she did not achieve the level of commercial success that many musical pundits pegged for her, but with the sweet way Juliana Hatfield sang in her Indie Rock style, maybe her formula was never meant to be more than cute Indie darling. Regardless, Hatfield carved her place in the Alt World for a time in the mid 90’s and developed a loyal following.   The…
Some have called them Alternative Country, but the classification of Nashville’s Lambchop proves to be a difficult one.  The reality is that Lambchop seems to draw from multiple influences so effortlessly that it was hard to peg and even harder to go mainstream.  Not that this is a bad thing, as this was a band that wasn’t meant for mass acceptance but meant to be one…
Blues and Jazz were not generally meant to find an Alternative side, but Morphine was able to create music that was not thought of previously. There were no guitars in this alternative Blues world, but was built around horns and a musical style they called “low rock”. Stars on the College Rock scene, they ended prematurely due to the death of their front man, Mark Sandman…
If the genre of Psychobilly ever gets an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there should be little doubt that the representative should be the Reverend Horton Heat. Putting a Punk ethos into Rockabilly, the good Reverend built a powerful and loyal audience and emerged as the distinct leader of the genre. Of course, the Rock and Roll Hall has never been known…
One of the most successful all women groups of the New Jack Swing era, SWV (Sisters with Voices) had a solid run throughout the 1990’s. Originating from Gospel, the group embraced a funky R&B sound and rivaled En Vogue as the top urban all female act of the early 90’s. They scored multiple hits on the R&B charts but there are serious doubts that the trio…
From the Los Angeles underground, the Pharcyde were a successful Alternative Hip Hop Group who may have been a little on the eccentric side, but was often on the favorable side of the critics. With gigs at Lollapalooza they secured a large stage for their music, but by the decades end they were done as a successful group but they any group that made Perry Farrell’s…
As the son of one of the biggest musical legends ever, you could have forgiven Jakob Dylan if he never even tried to follow in his father’s footsteps. Jakob did however make a career of music and though he did not reach Bob’s levels, he had a very solid run with his band, the Wallflowers and with his Roots Rock music held his own against the…
A major star on the Country music scene, Tim McGraw will be another who will ask the question of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to look at the exceptionally popular genre to potentially open their doors. As we have mentioned on the site before, with Willie Nelson out of the Hall, the New Country stars don’t stand a chance, regardless of how well they…