In the annals of folk archetypes, "Pretty Polly" is perhaps the most searing, mysterious and infamous song of all. The melody is inexhaustible, the story unforgettable. Vandaveer takes hold of that essence and wrings out the full, threatening power of this ageless murder ballad.
With the soul of a rockabilly, the guitar chops of heroes like Scotty Moore and the lyrical skills of a country master, Marshall Chapman remains one of the most respected talents in Nashville (and beyond).
With echoes of the British folk revival and the brooding philosophical rock of Smog, Graham MacRae casts a cold but wry eye on the fads and foibles that go under the name "Game Changer."
Water Liars create songs of novelesque visions. Straightforward, bucolic and romantic imagery of a breakfast-catering kitchen and a clean bed serve as the setting for "Linens."
The Carper Family is a musical trio of sisters, but the kind of sisters that were placed together by common experience and ambition, not necessarily birth.
Framed as a seductive duet and swaying like a gypsy waltz, "Whim" by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based songwriter Aly Tadros puts an eerie yet wry spin on an age-old tale of seduction and unrequited desire.