Indie rock singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has come a long way from his humble beginnings self-releasing cassettes of his lo-fi folk recordings. The Seattle-based artist recently released his tenth studio album, Maraqopa, which is his second album produced by Seceretly Canadian label-mate Richard Swift.
As a young man, Anders Osborne had a wanderlust unmatched. At 16, he left his home in Uddevalla, Sweden, to hitchhike through Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, eventually making his way to the United States. When he came upon New Orleans, Osborne knew he'd found his home. The Crescent City has come to inspire Osborne's raw, soulful blues sound. A force to be reckoned with, Osborne has developed a musical mastery spanning from a muddy backwater blues to an upbeat country rock, filling all the gaps in between. His lyrics resonate as powerfully as his slide guitar, and in his almost three decades state-side, Obsorne has made himself a staple of contemporary blues-rock.
Osborne has been featured on albums with the likes of Keb'Mo' and his song "Watch The Wind Blow By" earned contemporary country legend Tim McGraw a #1 hit. Osborne's latest album, Black Eye Galaxy, was released in May.
MIND OF A JUNKIE
WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN?
Recent Release: Black Eye Galaxy
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Label: Alligator Records
Band Origin: Sweden
Grace Potter has been captivating audiences with her musical prowess since 2002. Her talents are split between her impressive multi-instrumentalism, her impassioned vocals, and her energized stage presence. Potter's band, The Nocturnals, was founded because of her talent – band mate Matt Burr saw her perform folk songs at a student-run venue.
Archie Powell & The Exports have been making waves with their power pop indie rock sound. Frontman Archie Powell has been surrounded by music from an early age; his father was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Powell picked up guitar at age 11 and songwriting was a natural next step.