Amos Lee is a hard man to put a label on. Right down to his name (it's a stage name), his genre -- an eclectic mix of rock, R&B, country and folk -- and his songs -- equal parts funky and soulful, serious and playful.
Seattle native Noah Gundersen is slowly, but surely, capturing the hearts of his listeners by wearing his own on his sleeve in his uninhibited songwriting.
Brush up on your German and warm up to the graceful country folk of Desiree Klaeukens on the banjo and fiddle-laced track "Warm In Meinem Herz" ("Warm in My Heart").
Des Moines, Iowa band the River Monks take folk foundations -- banjo, guitar and close harmonies -- and then build and build from there, creating a mysterious, almost psychedelic sound on the new track "Beasts."
From the Bronx to New Orleans, Hurray for the Riff Raff proves that finding a place to call home is most important in "Small Town Heroes."
With any Shovels and Rope show, it's not just about two skilled performers throwing genre rules in the trash with a multi-instrumental onslaught that defies logic. Two people shouldn't be able to make that much robust, fevered noise without backup, but they do.