Charlyn Marie Marshall, also known as Chan (pronounced "Shawn") Marshall, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. on 21 January 1972. After dropping out of high school, she started performing under the name Cat Power, while in Atlanta, backed by musicians Glen Thrasher, Mark Moore, and others. She soon moved to New York City, United States in 1992, then later opening for Liz Phair in 1994, she met Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, who encouraged her to record, and played on her first two albums, 1995's Dear Sir and 1996's Myra Lee.
Imagine this artist: classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals, and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar. Very few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the hand dealt to Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger, who exhibits an effortlessly seductive and modern take on roots, blues and soul music.
One of New York’s most original bands, HAZMAT MODINE delivers a rustic, deliriously Dionysian blend of whorehouse Blues, Reggae, Klezmer, Country and Gypsy-tinged music. The band features the dueling harmonicas of front-man Wade Schuman and his sparring partner Randy Weinstein, funky tuba powerhouse Joseph Daly, virtuoso guitarists Bob Jay, Jon Sholle, and Dan Hovey, and drummer Scott Veenstra. HAZMAT holds down a smoldering groove behind Schuman’s raspy, bluesy voice and passionately energetic stage presence.
Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle formed in 2005 as a breath of fresh air amid an explosion of saxophones, guitars, fiddles originally influenced by The Doors, Bob Dylan, Led Zepplin and The Coral. They have a reputation for energetic live performance, adding hillbilly fiddling, reggae tainted bass and twisted brass to the "bum-chack" rhythm. Delivered with the "Spirit that runs through Gogol Bordello" and many bottles of Green Ginger Wine. The "Tyrtle" sound has been developing and new tracks have the feel of a pumping gig with the polished studio sound, a fine combination.
There is more than one artist with this name: 1. Inglorious is a Christian Hardcore band From Spartanburg, South Carolina. As stated on their Myspace, "Whether you like us or not, there is only one thing you need to know... We strive to do everything we do for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, we are far from perfect - we'll admit that to anyone. We just want to share the love that Christ gives us with anyone who hears us".
Corey Harris (born February 21, 1969, Denver, Colorado) is a guitarist based in New Orleans on the Alligator label. He spent some time in western Africa studying, and rhythms from this area are very prevalent in his music, most conspicuously in "Mississippi to Mali." He performs a wide variety of music, from poppy selections (Santoro, eg) to raw, traditional guitar and piano blues (Honeysuckle, eg). He is one of the few contemporary blues artists that is able to avoid being either a staunch traditionalist or totally separated from its roots.
Featuring a multinational line-up from Scotland, Ireland and Canada, The Outside Track plays cutting edge modern traditional music reminiscent of early Solas with a Canadian singer and a hint of the Poozies with the occasional bluesy edge. The Outside Track boasts an award-winning line-up of Ailie Robertson on clarsach (BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad finalist 2007), Norah Rendell on vocals and flute (Canadian Trad Singer of the Year nominee 2008), Fiona Black on accordion (FAME academy bursary recipient 2007), Alan Jordan on guitar and Sarah-Jane Summers on fiddles (standard and hardanger).
After the breakdown of Bruce's band the Kinky Toasters he begun writing songs for himself again, eventually he was blessed with some recording equipment. This music shows the resulting work. Bruce proudly uses: Epiphone Guitars, Squier Guitars, EKO Guitars, Sonic Guitars, BC Rich Guitars, Marshall Amplfication, Shure and Samson Microphones, Chicago Iron Pedals, Jim Dunlop Pedals, Picks, and slides, Carl Martin Pedals, Dallas Arbiter Pedals, Pedal train Pedal boards, Labella Strings...
An easy-listening trip-hopster similar in style and intent to his countrymen Air and Dimitri from Paris, Kid Loco has an even stronger kinship with the long tradition of French pop characterized by Serge Gainsbourg. Otherwise known as Jean-Yves Prieur, he began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and played in several French punk groups during the early '80s. He moved on to production as well by the end of the decade, and moved on to reggae and hip-hop with a band named Mega Reefer Scratch.