Bill Frisell was born in Baltimore, but was raised in Denver, CO. Once a classical clarinetist, he established a firm base in his traditional harmonic knowledge early on in life. Throughout high school and college he also played guitar in various rock and R&B groups in the Denver area. During high school, however, he became profoundly interested in jazz guitar. In 1971 Frisell attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and also began studying with Jim Hall, one of the prominent jazz guitarists of the 1960s.
Jimmy LaFave was born on July 12, 1955 in Wills Point, Texas, a small town 30 miles east of Dallas. He began school down the road in Mesquite and by Junior High was making music perched behind his Sears & Roebuck drum kit. It was in this landscape that he began to define his sound and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie. Before leaving Oklahoma for Austin, Jimmy did some independent recording and toured the southwest with the first version of his band Night Tribe.
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Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. He was raised in Austin, Minnesota, in a household that prized traditional American folk music and his style bears the influence of hours spent listening to country blues records and Smithsonian/Folkways field recordings; often in the garage. He currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
Vanessa Peters’s musical style is sometimes alt-country, sometimes folk-pop, and always just a little hard to pin down. The Dallas Observer called her “the best kind of singer-songwriter: astute enough to explore the deeper recesses of relationships but tough enough to avoid the pitfalls of sentimentality.” Born in Texas on September 16, 1980, Vanessa studied literature and creative writing and intended to pursue a career as a novelist and short-story writer. Crippling stage fright made it unlikely that music would ever have been her final destination.
The Holmes Brothers are Sherman Holmes (bassist/vocalist), Wendell Holmes (guitarist/pianist/vocalist) and Popsy Dixon (drummer/vocalist). For more info take a look at their profile in Alligator record label.
Host of freeform radio station WFMU's "Radio Thrift Shop," sometime VP at a merchant bank, and owner of one of the purest voices in country, Laura Cantrell's mix of traditional and modern country has been impressing listeners for several years. The late, great John Peel thought her first album was one of the most perfect records he'd ever heard and in the opinion of many listeners he wasn't wrong.
Crooked Fingers is an American alt-folk band based in North Carolina and led by former Archers Of Loaf lead singer Eric Bachmann. The rotation of band members has included such musicians as Lara Meyerratken, R.L. Martin, Jo Jameson, Barton Carroll and Dov Friedman. In 1998, following the breakup of Archers of Loaf, Bachmann started work on a solo project that he named Crooked Fingers. The first outcome of this project, a self-titled release of various songs he had written, was released by WARM in 2000.
The Murder Balladeers are an alt country 4 piece band from Derry in Ireland, consisting of.... Todd Gfellar - Cajon, Wash Board, Floor tom, Shaker and Backing Vocals.
John J. Keaveney IV - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals.
Gavin Aurthur Mc Cartney - Banjo, Lapsteel, Backing Vocals.
Rion Mc Cartney, Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar. taking a wide array of influences from all kinds of American Folk, Country and Blues and all bein raised on strict diets of Punk Rock, here we have a band bringing back a raw intensity in their performance as well as maintaining and staying true to Punk musics D.
Born in Lowell, Massachussetts, Bob Martin not only shares the birthplace of Jack Kerouac, but seems to have been guided by the same muse. Martin's vivid writing brings characters to life through his poetic song-stories.
It was in 1972, fifteen years after Kerouac's On The Road was published, that Bob Martin made his first album Midwest Farm Disaster for RCA Records in Nashville. He worked closely with Chet Atkins, an executive at RCA at the time and many exceptional studio musicians including drummer Kenneth Buttrey, a key player on Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde album.
Ana Egge, born in 1977 in Estevan, Saskatchewan and raised in Ambrose, North Dakota, is an American folk singer/songwriter. In 1994 (at age 17), she moved from New Mexico to Austin, Texas and recorded a demo tape. Since then, she has released three full-length albums. She has toured with Shawn Colvin, and performed in the Lilith Fair in 1999. Her most recent album, Out Past the Lights, contains The Flood, a song she co-wrote with Colvin.