Formed in Minneapolis in 1985, the Jayhawks started as bit of a country rock entity, but took on more musical styles through the years as Gary Louris took on more song writing.
Luke Winslow King may not be from New Orleans, but he found his heart and his music there, a testament to the notion that the home you find is often better than the one into which you're born.
Despite operating out of New York City, Laura Cantrell shows that her singer/songwriter roots are firmly planted in the sounds of her native Nashville.
Jonah Tolchin plays the blues with a pleasantly haunting and unforced grace, carrying listeners into a comfortable familiar place. His music is the kind that has a familiar feel but only comes from one source.
Based in Boston but with strong ties to the Deep South musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, Amy Black performs Americana roots rock along the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.
An adjective that frequently appears in descriptions of the Felice Brothers' music is "ramshackle," usually referring to their mix of classic folk and Americana instrumentation and rock and roll stomps.
Nikki Lane's newest record, "All or Nothin'," isn't just an album title. It's a statement of character: you either like her or you don't. You take her as she is, or you don't get anything at all.
It's easy to forget that there are lots of ways to be involved in the music industry. Rodney Crowell, though not a household name, is a giant of his craft, and getting your mind around the length and breadth of his career can be daunting.
The countrified, poppy aesthetic of the Mastersons, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter duo, was forged at a festival in Colorado where the pair first met by chance.