Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. His primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass, drums and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery" and use of multi-tracking to create vocal harmonies.
There are several artists named Wayward: 1) Wayward is an electronic producer from Leeds, UK and based in London.
"Only Flaw", which samples "The Cure And The Cause", surfaced on line in early 2013. A new track, "Marvin" featuring Marvin Gaye, followed shortly after. http://soundcloud.com/waywarduk 2) Wayward is a US rock band from Reno, Nevada. http://myspace.com/waywardrockmusic 3) Wayward is a psychedelic folk artist. http://www.wayward.bandcamp.com
Broken Spindles is the brainchild of Joel Petersen of Omaha, Nebraska. He is in other Saddle Creek bands, playing bass guitar in The Faint and Beep Beep. The music is mostly instrumental with minimal vocals which Petersen sings. It originally started in 2001 as the soundtrack for a friend's film. It developed into a solo project with the first release in 2002 on Tiger Style Records. In between touring with The Faint and Beep Beep, Petersen found time to write music for Broken Spindles. The song, "Song No Song," from fulfilled/complete was used in a car commercial for Lexus
Nebraskan singer/songwriter Orion Walsh has been involved in the independent music scene for over 10 years now. He self released two full length albums "Tornado Lullabies" in 2008, "The Hitchhiker’s Son" in 2010, and one EP, "Freedom Lost, Freedom Found" in 2009. He also released a full length album with major label distribution, "Farewell to the Familiar" in his previous band Slow Coming Day back in 2004. His accomplishments also include releasing several songs for multiple compilations. Walsh has been touring for the past 8 years now and is no stranger to the road.
Hailing from a town deeply rooted in the indie music scene, Omaha’s pop-rock four-piece Rochester does not conform to the Saddle Creek agenda or sound. Creating songs that can lift the heaviest of hearts, this group concentrates on the positive and their hope for the future is as contagious as their lyrics and hooks.
Formed in January 2006, Rochester brings together elements from various genres, experiences, and influences like Blink 182, Relient K, Saves The Day, and Third Eye Blind.
Conor Oberst is an American singer-songwriter born February 15, 1980 in Omaha, Nebraska. He began his recording career in 1993 at the age of 13 and has since produced an enormous amount of material. Conor was deeply influenced early on by singer-songwriters David Dondero and Simon Joyner. His first two albums "Water" and "Here's to Special Treatment" were both released in 1994. Rolling Stone has referred to him as "rock's boy genius.
Desaparecidos was a short-lived American quintet formed in 2001 in Omaha, Nebraska, fronted by Conor Oberst (vocals, guitar) and featuring Denver Dalley, now of Statistics (guitar), Landon Hedges, now of Little Brazil (bass), Ian McElroy (keyboards), and Matt Baum (drums). This project however was restarted in 2010. Oberst may be better known for his confessional songwriting and storytelling as the lead singer of the popular indie folk band Bright Eyes, but Desaparecidos has a very different flavor.