Van Hunt uses his velvet-smooth voice to stunning effect in his rhymic, triste-laden melodies. He is something like a cross between Thelonious Monk and Prince - throaty and suave, yet artistic, bold, and (notably) a little bit weird. His alternative style is his strength, however.
Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is the epitome of a modern-day troubadour. With his crooning voice and folksy acoustic tunes he is compared to a stripped-down Bob Dylan. His influences include Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Skip James, Sunhouse, and old bluegrass, as well as current music.
Matsson released his third full-length album under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, and has come alive playing solo - especially to live audiences.
Muddying the waters between indie rock, country, and down-south blues, Diamond Rugs was formed in Nashville, a coagulation of musical talent assembled by John McCauley of Deer Tick fame. McCauley originally approached artists Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pe (The Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate), and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite) to collaborate on an album he was making, but his bandmates began adding songs of their own and Diamond Rugs became much more than just McCauley's pet project.
THEESatisfaction is the duo Stasia Irons "Stas" and Catherine Harris-White "Cat."
Somewhere between soul and rap lies a niche filled to overflowing by the dynamic voices of Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Together, rapper Stasia ("Stas") and vocalist Catherine ("Cat") comprise the avante-garde hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction. Based out of Seattle, Washington, THEESatisfaction is a relatively young band with deep roots in the Black community.
Brookyln-based ambient-folk duo Family Band is an unlikely collaboration between visual artist turned frontwoman Kim Krans and her husband, former heavy-metal guitarist Jonny Ollsin. Together, the couple craft beautifully dark, folk-influenced songs, which they fittingly describe as “heavy mellow.”
A pioneer for muddying the waters between Jazz, Blues, Country, Soul, and Rock, Cassandra Wilson's greatest asset is her unmistakeable ardor. Wilson's brilliant passion is reflected in her resoundingly beautiful voice; it is an untamed fire tempered only by over three decades of musical experience.