Trout Fishing in America got one of its earliest breaks when Dr. Demento latched on to "When I Was a Dinosaur." And while the veteran duo hasn't lost its sense of humor, the band takes its picking and harmonies seriously.
Just when you think you have Midlake pegged, the Denton, Texas band slips away. It took the group three years to reinvent itself, and on 2010's The Courage of Others, the septet has created masterpiece of contemporary folk rock. Hear Midlake perform 3 songs in an acoustic format, plus a conversation with songwriter Tim Smith, on Feel Like Going Home.
Purveyors of sweetly sparse folk, Portland quartet Horse Feathers stir emotions with wispy vocals and a variety of dreamily plucked string instruments. Close your eyes, envision lying supine in a serene meadow, and tune into their transcendent in-studio performance at KDHX.
Slip into a dreamlike trance to the eerily methodical rhythm of St. Louis artist Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine. The duo showcased its distinctive sound and songs from the new album Weathered Hands, Weary Eyes during a live session at KDHX.
Graceful, gentle and yet spirited, 3 Penny Acre combines the unplugged sounds of bluegrass with a slightly more contemporary edge of Americana and singer-songwriter folk.
Simon and Garfunkel were one of the most significant pop acts of the '60s, but their influence has waned. Enter the Northwoods, who seem to have an unwritten mission to update the sweet and sensitive pop style.
A native of the East Texas town of Galveston, Denice Franke's acoustic ballads have the sweep and quiet power of summer winds blowing off gulf coast shores. Her style is confessional and direct, but her clear vibrato and percussive guitar playing are universal.
When you're the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and the daughter of Arlo Guthrie, expectations run, expectedly, high.