Beginning as the bedroom recording project of singer-songwriter Bo Jackson, St. Louis indie-rock outfit Bo and the Locomotive quickly evolved into a fully realized group unit. After the release of their self-recorded debut, "On My Way," Jackson and his bandmates headed to Native Sound Studios to craft a hi-fi follow up.
Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling with the Jewel Tones are made up of a big guitar, with an even bigger sound, and a blistering harp; add in a strong rhythm section, and the various forms of blues and swing are well represented.
Make no mistake: the Baseball Project is anything but a bunch of rookies.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, like Blanche DuBois before them, has depended on the kindness of strangers, catching fire on the Internet, rather than through traditional record company marketing, at a time when that just wasn't done.
Based in Boston but with strong ties to the Deep South musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, Amy Black performs Americana roots rock along the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.
Saintseneca offers up dreamy pop sounds with an interesting mix of acoustic instrumentation and electronic sounds that is at once soothing and vibrant.
Anchored by front woman Monica Martin's hushed vocals, PHOX employs banjo and multi-layered acoustic guitars to flesh out its intricate arrangements.
Dave Wakeling was instrumental in bringing the driving sound of ska and reggae to post punk in an otherwise bleak era of big hair, shoulder pads, MTV and Colombian No-Doz.
An adjective that frequently appears in descriptions of the Felice Brothers' music is "ramshackle," usually referring to their mix of classic folk and Americana instrumentation and rock and roll stomps.