JD McPherson was lucky to have been born in Broken Arrow, OK. Just a stone's throw away from the pulsing art hub that is Tulsa, OK (where he would attend university), JD was able to tap into his creative side at a very young age. An eclectic artist, JD took classes in everything from film to card magic en route to an M.F.A., playing in various bands all the while.
Sara Watkins is more than just a pretty face. The former Nickel Creek fiddler is also a musical protege, playing the guitar, mandolin, and ukulele with dashing abandon. And that's not even mentioning her voice, which is earthy and convincingly conveys the heartwrenching emotion of her beautiful and (as of recent) self-written lyrics.
Best Coast is surf pop - a genre of high-bass, lo-fi pop music that is probably most recognizable (to those not "in the know") from the ending scene of Pulp Fiction. Historians had posited that surf pop died out with the Beach Boys, but Best Coast throws that speculation right out the window. Vocalist and guitar-jammer Bethany Cosentino and the multi-talented musician Bobb Bruno combine to bring their breathtakingly easygoing music to the ears of millions of listeners across the states and beyond.
San Antonio native Alejandro Escovedo is the co-host of this sixteenth installment of Latin Roots, here to discuss the Latin character of his hometown's music in the 1950's.
Escovedo's music has a strong Latin influence as a result of growing up in San Antoinio and listening to his parent's music. His Dad played mariachi, and his parents also to rancheras, country, and big band music - which all seeped into what he does today.
The only daughter of the King, Lisa Marie Presley has cast aside her father's shadow and earned the title "Princess of Rock'n'Roll" the old fashioned way - with her music. Born in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, Lisa Marie was left fatherless after Elvis' death when she was just nine year old. She led a troubled childhood until the call of music lured her back from the world of drugs that had consumed her.
Five-time Grammy award winner and Princeton, New Jersey native Mary Chapin Carpenter has been producing country/folk/rock standards for nearly 25 years. She has earned fans and accolades for her ten studio albums and countless live performances. Her latest album, "Ashes and Roses," self-penned by Carpenter, is a reflection of her life - grieving over her father's death, going through a divroce, and concerns about her own health.
English alt-rock band Keane formed back in 1997, but it wasn't until 2004 that the group really took off with the release of "Hopes and Fears," and the single, "Somewhere Only We Know" which became a huge hit resulting in a Grammy nomination for the band - Best New Artist. Since then, they haves achieved mainstream success and released three additional full-length studio albums, 2006's "Under the Iron Sea," 2008's "Perfect Symmetry," and this year's "Strangeland," as well as 2010's "Night Train" EP.
Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim took his stage name from his hometown of Langhorne in Bucks County, Penssylvania. Born Sean Scolnick, Langhorne Slim studied music at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Langhorne Slim moved to Brooklyn and came into public awarenessafter touring with The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.
Having already found success as the vocalist/guitarist for the Irish band The Frames and as half of the folk rock duo The Swell Season, musician Glen Hansard is venturing out as a solo artist. His debut album, Rhythm and Repose, was released on June 19th A on the ANTI record label. The album, Hansard's first since The Swell Season's 2009 Strict Joy, was recorded over the past year and a half in New York City.
Kat Edmonson’s short stature and pixie cut might not be the first image you would expect behind her voice if you had just heard her music. The Texas native’s vocal control is astonishing, she glides effortlessly between tones; from lilting elegance and a scintillating falsetto to a confident and not at all unpleasantly raspy gravel. Kat’s first record, the 2009 release Take To the Sky, investigates the root of what can turn pop songs into standards.