Portland, Ore. songwriter Ryan VanDordrecht says that he aims for "a sound that walks a fine line between polish and unrefined beauty." On the streamlined, harmonica and slide guitar-sparkled "Great American Life" he's achieved just that.
The haze of the cigarette smoke from the night hung in the sunlight peaking through the bar's pane glass windows. The staff had run in circles attempting to prep the bar for the Sunday patronage and touching up whatever happened the night before.
Neko Case left the Boyfriends and Pornographers at the doorstep when she paid a special visit to our studios ahead of her show at the Pageant.
Folk singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, of Crooked Still, has a new solo album, "Fossils," and brought three of those songs to this intimate live set.
4 a.m. is the time for that defining phone call: the phone call that you can only make to a true friend. That phone call that is about something inside of you that has died, or that has come to life. That call you make when you feel you have driven off someone you love, or have been driven off. Or when you need to make bail.
Richard Buckner has been a music making machine, releasing an album every year or two for the first two decades of his career.
A quiet powerhouse, Laura Veirs has released nine studio albums, including a feature-length film soundtrack and a compilation of traditional children's songs on which she collaborated with artists such as Béla Fleck and Colin Meloy.
Amanda Shires describes herself as a singer, songwriter, violin player and a Texan. She left out her ukulele.
Commanding a stage as a solo performer can be difficult, but Andrea Davidson makes it look like a bit of magic, which is, of course, the result of a tremendous amount of hard work.