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Morgan O'Kane

Charlottesville, North Carolina native Morgan O'Kane's music exists in a world of contrasts. Old, mountain-borne folk music approached with a youthful vivaciousness. A country foundation tempered by busking in New York City's subway system. An agile, lively banjo, complimented by a haunting, deep rasp.
His full length debut, Nine Lives displays a wealth of folk heritage, a new vision of americana spanning from appalachia to bluegrass.

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Lambchop

Although based in Nashville, Tennessee, the capital of country music, Lambchop cannot easily be classified into a genre and certainly not into that of traditional country music. The collective around frontman Kurt Wagner has a fluid membership, at times including as many 18 musicians, and is frequently associated with alternative country. Lambchop’s music combines wryly ironic lyrics that are complex in form and content with harmonious tunes and soulful background vocals.

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Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, and alt-country singer-songwriter. A three-time Grammy Award winner, she was named "America's best songwriter" by TIME magazine in 2002. Williams has garnered considerable critical acclaim, but her commercial success has been moderate. She also has a reputation as a perfectionist and slow worker when it comes to recording; six years passed between the release of her second and third albums. However, she frequently makes guest appearances on other artists' albums and contributes to compilations and soundtracks.

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Wayne Hancock

Wayne "The Train" Hancock has been called "the master of hillbilly swing," a "roots Renaissance man," a "country singer's country singer" and "Hank Williams meets Gershwin." But the phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is "Wayne Hancock is the real deal." Joe Ely said it, Hank Williams III said it, Bobby Koefer from the Texas Playboys said it, as have countless music fans and writers when referring to Hancock's authentic and original blend of honky tonk, western swing, blues and big band that he calls "juke joint swing!"

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Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier (born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1962) is an American folk singer/songwriter. Given up at birth by a mother she never knew, Mary was adopted. At age 15, she ran away from home and stole her parents' car, and spent the next several years in detox, halfway houses, and living with friends; she spent her 18th birthday in jail. These experiences provided fodder for her songwriting later on (particularly her song "Drag Queens in Limousines").

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Neal Casal

Neal Casal (Born November 2, 1968 in Denville, New Jersey) is an american singer-songwriter.
He has released several solo albums and from 2005-2009 was a very important part of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, with whom he was constantly touring and recording. Discography: Fade Away Diamond Time (1995)
Rain, Wind and Speed (1996)
The Sun Rises Here (1998)
Black River Sides (With Kenny Roby) (1999)
Anytime Tomorrow (2000)
Basement Dreams (2001)

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James McMurtry

James L. McMurtry, along with his Austin-based band, James McMurtry & The Heartless Bastards, is a self-described "rock & roots" guitarist and singer-songwriter, drawing on elements of alt-country, folk and old-fashioned texas rock. The son of novelist Larry McMurtry, James was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1962, and grew up in Virginia. James McMurtry's seventh studio album, Childish Things, was released on Compadre Records in the fall of 2005. As writer L.E.

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Barzin

Barzin is a Canadian singer-songwriter named Barzin Hosseini. Slow and melancholic, introspective and confessional: These words in some ways describe the sound of Barzin. A project that began sometime in 1995, Barzin was a solo endeavor at its inception. But somewhere along the way it shed its solitary skin allowing a wide array of characters into it’s sound. From amongst a rotating cast of musicians, who occasionally made appearances on recordings and at performances, three individuals slowly became a fixture of this project.

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Darden Smith

Field of Crows is the latest song collection from a man who is living one of the most fascinating and beautiful artistic evolutions in American music. During his 20-year career, Texas singer-songwriter Darden Smith has recorded in folk, country and pop settings. He has co-written songs with a British rocker, released 10 critically acclaimed albums, created works for dance theater, done symphonic collaborations and taught music to children.

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