People who live in St. Louis are lucky for lots of reasons, not the least of which is KDHX. I know that sounds self-serving, but it's true. And here's one reason why: discovery.
Like Tom Waits or Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin is the type of songwriter whose songs have at times found greater success in the hands of others, but her latest album, "American Kid," proves once again that she is an outstanding vocalist and performer in her own right.
Recently, a cab driver asked me what I'd been listening to lately, and when I told him that I'd started playing Fitz and the Tantrums' new release "More Than Just a Dream" he replied that the band had been very popular lately, and his tone was not without a hint of derision.