I don't pay much attention to the artists last.fm recommends to me. In fact, right now 6 of the 10 listed are Bob Dylan & someone else....Bob Dylan & Joan Baez, Bob Dylan & Paul Simon, etc. I already know I like Dylan so that isn't very helpful. What has been helpful is listening to neighbors radio stations and checking out the related artists on the pages of bands I already like. I don't like a lot of it but there have been some gems. Here are 9 bands that aren't very well known that I am very glad to have stumbled upon.
1. Billy Bragg & Wilcohttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/daisy5679/billybraggandwilco.jpg
I don't like Wilco and only like a few of Billy Bragg's solo work, but the 2 albums they did together are wonderful.
Favorite song: Walt Whitman's Neice
2. 16 Horsepowerhttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o89/daisy5679/16horsepower-9809.jpg
Some reviewer on Amazon.com described this band as "Appalachian Gothic" which fits perfectly. Very dark and brooding lyrics.