Bobby Bare Jr was born into country music royalty, with George Jones and Tammy Wynette as next door neighbors, and many opportunities for the easy path lay at his feet, but he took a route of his own design.
With a career spanning more than 30 years, the Blasters perform vintage rockabilly with the vitality of a young, hungry punk act.
The Dandy Warhols formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994 and have crashed at the gates of multiple styles and genres ever since.
Sharing stories that seem too mature for 24-year-old to possess, Jessica Lea Mayfield has been recording dark, eloquent alt-country since her late teens, and played in her family's bluegrass band for years before that.
Hailing from Keep-Austin-Weird, Texas, Tele Novella blends an interesting concoction of peculiar pop and mid-'60s rock that is in perfect keeping with the indie-psych landscape of that music mecca of the south.
The summer of love is over but nobody told Temples. This English quartet recalls the swirling psychedelia of Swinging London, even if paisley and silk have become passé in the 21st century.
Garage rockers, Black Lips, have a history of wild stage antics that translates into their studio work. While it does constitute a bit of a departure, their latest work is no exception.
Pittsburgh's Microwaves bleed digital muck. With careful use of guitar effects, this power trio invokes the sound of several burning synthesizers.
Willy Vlautin is not only a great lyricist and songwriter, he's an accomplished novelist with 4 completed works that have garnered much critical praise.