Ryan Bingham: Roadhouse Sun

8-year old Ryan Bingham sounds like a smoky roadhouse, complete with white whiskers and  gnarly Marlboros  enabling him to sound years beyond the tender late 20's. 

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Tift Merritt: Another Country

In late 2006, Lost Highway Records dropped Tift Merritt.  Her final album with the label, Tambourine, garnered a Grammy nomination and general high praise, but it left Merritt as an independent musician. Clueless by the decision and tapped of her energy, Merritt, who had been living in Paris at the time, still felt one thing to be true: her songs that would eventually become her third album, Another Country, would win out. 

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The Sadies: The Good Brothers Remember (INTERVIEW)

The Sadies are one of today’s hardest working bands, having put out five albums since signing with Yep Roc Records four years ago (including the new release New Seasons), worked in various formats with alt country/indie crooner darling Neko Case. The Sadies are fronted by the Good brothers (Dallas and Travis) and have been making a name for themselves since growing up around their father’s (and uncles’) band, Canadian country Hall of Fame legends, The Good Brothers.

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Son Volt: The Pageant, St. Louis, MO 4/21/07

Early on in Son Volt’s performance at The Pageant, a few things stood out that this was not going to be your run-of-the-mill Jay Farrar and Co. experience. For starters, the usually silent Farrar was talkative early on, explaining that this was a “homecoming” for him and thanking the packed house for making the trip.

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Patty Griffin: Sun Shining Through (INTERVIEW)

For Patty Griffin, praise hasn’t been the problem. The man who discovered her, John Curtis, after hearing her sing for the first time, remembered having “no doubt, no doubt at all.” Dave Matthews, who proudly supports Griffin on ATO Records, the label he founded, “can't think of a more beautiful singer and a better songwriter alive today.” Steve Earle suspects that Patty’s songs “make most people a little uncomfortable–like they've just walked in on a private moment in someone else's life and they know they should turn around and tiptoe away, but they can't. They make me jealous."

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