Imagine a journey. A journey that takes in the sights & sounds of places such as Sicily, Texas, Mexico, Buenos Aires, London, Dublin, Antanarive and Cape Town. The perfect soundtrack to that journey is the atmospheric debut of The Second Grace, now ready to be taken on the road. The Second Grace sound evolved from a singer-songwriter ethos but gives more than a passing nod to lo-fi influences with its acoustic foundations, slide guitars, freaky percussion, accordian and fragile cello tones.
It’s 1998. Swindon is enjoying a rare moment of success with Billie Piper’s ‘Girlfriend’ at Number One in the charts. Oblivious to this, Charlie nervously makes his way into the unfamiliar Year 2 classroom at his new primary school. Sam is sitting on the carpet, eagerly awaiting the start of lessons. Adam is busy eating crayons in the corner...again. Charlie tentatively sits down near Sam. Sam looks up from his new big boy’s shoes (with real laces) to see a face he doesn’t recognise looking lost and a little upset.
Kacey Johansing's debut album, Many Seasons, plays like a travelogue. Sweeping the listener along from her roots in small town Colorado to Boston to a San Francisco, where Johansing is at something of an epicenter for a rapidly evolving songwriting scene, the album crystallizes a rich Bay Area indie-folk sound bursting at the seams with creativity. Although Many Seasons is a solo album, the guitarist and singer's penchant for collaboration shines through. A member of the bands Honey.Moon.Tree and Honeycomb, Johansing also counts Matt Adams' band The Blank Tapes as frequent collaborators.
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Mindy Smith (born June 1, 1972 on Long Island, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. Mindy rose to fame in 2003 when she was the first artist signed to contribute to the Dolly Parton tribute album Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton, on which she sang a cover of Parton's classic "Jolene". Later Dolly Parton followed by adding backing vocals to a new mix of the song, which was then featured on Smith's debut album that was released in January 2004, One Moment More.
I Am Sparticus is an experimental pop punk/rock band from Lake Charles, Louisiana who have an ear for melodies buried underneath Sonic Youth sized walls of distortion. Started in 2004 by singer/guitarist Tyler Walker and drummer Matt Daigle, the band soon added guitarist DJ Fontenot and bassist Kim McCord. Kim was replaced by Tyler's long-time girlfriend Jenny Canaday and DJ was replaced by the Noise singer/guitarist Porter Thomas.
Patty Griffin, born Patricia Jean Griffin, March 16th, 1964 in Old Town, Maine, is an American folk singer. She brought out her debut album Living With Ghosts--a set of demos featuring only Ms. Griffin and her guitar--to critical acclaim in 1996. Her sophomore album, Flaming Red, demonstrated a more rocking, full-band sound. The ill-fated Silver Bell album was never released by her record label, however, and the label terminated her recording contract shortly after that. Many of the songs from Silver Bell were re-recorded for subsequent albums.
Sumishta Brahm singer and writer of 13 frightened Girls originally performed solo under the name taken from the early 60's William Castle B-movie. 13 Frightened Girls supported bands on the LA club scene, including The Saints (Chris Bailey), Camper Van Beethoven and Adrian Belew. In the early 80's Sumishta lived in New York City, met Jack Rabid and worked for his influential alternative music magazine, The Big Takeover.
The Low Anthem are a folk rock trio from Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They formed in 2003 and consist of multi-instrumentalists Ben Miller, Jeff Prystowsky and Jocie Adams. The Low Anthem formed as a contemporary folk duet from Providence, RI. Member's Ben Miller and Jeff Prystowsky met playing in the wood-bat leagues of rural Connecticut in 2003. They began a collaboration with classical composer Jocie Adams in November 2007.
The Migrant is Denmark musician Bjarke Bendtsen's experimental, folk-inspired pop songs on guitar, ukulele, kick drum and other instruments. In Bendtsen's words, 'This project is my excuse for packing the suitcase, selling all furniture and leaving for parts of the world I haven't seen before. Hopefully the songs and a guitar will make it less expensive. Definitely more fun!' Bendtsen gave up his residence in Copenhagen in the end of 2008 and went on the road, playing with different people he met on his way.
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The Seekers were a group of Australian folk-influenced popular musicians which was formed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1962. They were the first Australian popular music group to achieve significant chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States. Their 1960s hits included: "I'll Never Find Another You", "A World of Our Own" , "The Carnival Is Over" (which The Seekers have sung at various closing ceremonies in Australia, including Expo '88 and the Paralympics), "Someday One Day"...