Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu make music that could have drifted out from the tube radio in your grandparents' kitchen: gorgeous country melodies, intricate acoustic guitar work and that voice.
Since 1995 Milagro Saints have made southwestern-tinged, alt-rock jams. Not the obvious choice for a band started in New York City, based in Raleigh, N.C., and fronted by a British expat, but it works.
Sturgill Simpson is frequently described as a traditional country musician, holding close to the way country music used to be, before the addition of fluff, gloss and glitter.
In an English class, there is much discussion about what makes a good story. Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line clearly have that covered in their songs.