A veteran of the Springfield, Illinois songwriter-scene, Tom Irwin's music has been described as "a cross between Buddy Holly and Frank Zappa" and compared to an "updated John Prine."
A veteran crafter of songs and road-seasoned troubadour, Verlon Thompson writes tunes that paint pictures of solitariness, contemplate the tides of a fast-changing world and feel patiently for the slow pulse of love. He sat down with Interstate to share some of his stripped-down, sensitive compositions.
With a voice as sharp and strong as a plow blade cutting through a stony field, William Elliott Whitmore sings about he knows, and does so with a natural force. Hear the Lee County, Iowa native's exclusive live performance at KDHX.
A howling voice, a droning guitar, a floorboard lined with looping gizmos, and a restless lyrical sensibility like few other songwriters: That's Richard Buckner the performer; he brought his one-man, musical hypnosis treatment to KDHX.
Caleb Travers has a way with a song and a melody that evokes his country roots but also takes in modern urban experience of romantic and personal discovery. The St. Louis native gave a live performance in the KDHX studios in advance of his Twangfest debut.
Chuck Prophet asks, "Who put the bomp in the bomp-shooby-dooby-bomp?" The San Francisco guitarist and songwriter answers with every note.
Though critics have compared Stephen Simmons to Steve Earle and Ryan Adams, the Tennessee-based singer and songwriter has an honest, clear-eyed way of seeing the world that's very much his own. Simmons joined Feel Like Going Home for conversation and a trio of stripped-down songs.
Legendary Greenwich Village song-guru Jack Hardy brought his wit and wisdom to the studios of KDHX. Hardy's mythic, Celtic-influenced music has a legacy stretching from the '70s to the present.
Haunted by the past and hopeful about the wide-open future, singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brought her weathered voice and fiercely detailed songs to Uncontrollable Urge.
As prolific as he is irascible, Bob Reuter ventured into the Space Parlour this Tuesday night for a live solo set. The St. Louis veteran may play an acoustic guitar, but he's a working class hero with a rocker's soul.