Renowned English guitarist Richard Smith occupies the sonic space first carved out by Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Django Reinhardt.
The technically-precise guitar playing of Richard Gilewitz leads the mind in directions unforeseen, twisting and turning in tandem with the notes conjured from his guitar.
For years, Darrell Scott has been one of Nashville's best kept secrets. But with his work with Robert Plant's Band of Joy and a stream of solo albums, fans of roots music have taken notice.
Over the years Chicago has become a mecca for left-of-center country and roots bands. Sarah & the Tall Boys are the latest addition to the windy, twangy city.
With irresistible country grace in her voice, Zoe Muth leads the Lost High Rollers from their native Seattle to the Midwest and points beyond.
Consider Magnolia Mountain a classic alternative country band, much in the mold of the Blood Oranges or the Jayhawks, but with a large ensemble approach that brings the songs of Mark Utley to life. Hear the band's live session on KDHX on the eve of its Twangfest 14 performance.
There are super groups and then there are superb groups. Consider the Notable Haberdashers both. This 7-piece St. Louis band puts their twang where their ten-gallon hats are. It's the sound of honky tonk, Western Swing and classic hillbilly music as only the veterans can play it.
Newcomers to the music of Elizabeth Cook will instantly be reminded of Dolly Parton, and there's no denying the influence of that country legend on Cook's sound. But Cook has her own feisty and sweet way with a country song, and a voice that can break your heart in a whole new way.