I've had the pleasure of seeing Joe Purdy twice, and I already regret not being able to make it tonight. Just this past year he released his latest album This American. I own every one of his 12 albums, and while it's hard to pick favorites, the top two I'd recommend to a new listener are You Can Tell Georgia, and Paris In The Morning. You really can't go wrong with either of those records.
Here's Joe Purdy performing, "Ode To Sad Clown", off his 2006 release You Can Tell Georgia.
Go check Joe Purdy out! Just a few listens, especially to the records listed above, and I guarantee you'll have new staple in your music collection.