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Ellen (UK)

Ellen Smith is a 20 year old singer-song writer from Leeds (UK).
Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Beatles from a young age, her story-like folk/ acoustic songs are clearly inspired by these artists.
With the addition of Chris Quick, Jeff Schneider, Andy Calder and James Warrender, in early 2008, Ellen formed the band ‘Ellen & the Escapades’.

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The Black Sea

The Black Sea was formed from the ashes of Frodus in 2002 when Frodus's Shelby Cinca and Jason Hamacher decided to continue playing together. At the time they recruited Fugazi bassist Joe Lally to play bass. At the time they weren't sure on if the musical endeavor would go beyond just playing music. In February 2002, Hamacher left for a 3 month excursion to Eastern Europe and Turkey after recording drum tracks for the pair.

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Chuck Prophet

San Francisco based musician Chuck Prophet originally gained recognition as the youngest member of 80's college rock stalwarts Green on Red, with whom he was featured on numerous albums and touring lineups. In the early 1990's, as Green on Red faded to black, Prophet began performing with his future wife Stefanie Finch and releasing independent records on a variety of small labels. Prophet released his solo debut Brother Aldo in 1990 on Fire records,(later reissued in the late 1990's on Walter Yetnikoff's Velvel imprint.

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Jack Hayter

Jack Hayter was part of Spongefinger who produced 2 albums between 96 and 99. Hayter was also a guitarist/multi instrumental bloke in Hefner with Darren Hayman, Ant and John Morrison, although he's not on the very first album. Practical Wireless is a solo effort produced by Darren Hayman with odd contributions from other Hefner members. He also crops up playing mostly pedal steel guitar on records by The Bittersprings,Dollboy, Silver Ginger 5, Tram.

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Bill Frisell

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.

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John Fullbright

John is native to Oklahoma but definitely has that Texas soul goin' on. He is a mere 21 years old and already renowned as "the most talked about 'folk' musician in Oklahoma". His sound was a fusion of jazz, folk, and just plain old indie goodness

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Eli Young Band

With roots firmly planted in the fertile musical soil of Texas, the Eli Young Band is a little bit country and a helluva lot of guitar-driven rock and roll. Their Carnival Recording Company debut, Level, finds them poised to bust out of the Lone Star State and bring their brand of music to a wider audience as they make inroads into neighboring states and the wider Nashville country scene. The band was formed almost five years ago by Mike Eli who grew up just outside of Houston and James Young who hails from Irving, TX.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Canadian singer and songwriter Neil Young includes his personal garage band Crazy Horse ("second best backing band in the world") to make raw and unpolished rock. Their gritty style of rock has influenced countless artists and music styles. Crazy Horse is best known for its long association with Young, despite having released five albums of its own over a 19-year span. It has been co-credited with Young as Neil Young and Crazy Horse on 13 albums, "Live at the Fillmore East" from the 1970 tour (2006) being the last.

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Shovels & Rope

Necessity is the mother of invention. Less is more. Make it work with what you've got. 2 Guitars, a junkyard drum kit (harvested from an actual garbage heap- adorned with tamborines, flowers and kitchen rags), a handful of harmonicas, voices, and above all.. songs. Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent prefer to keep it simple. They have cleverly managed to take 3 separate recording projects and combine them into 1 cohesive, folk rock, sloppy tonk, harmonized, loose but tight, streamlined audience killing machine.

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