Drive By Truckers - One of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s, Athens, GA's Drive By Truckers heralded a new era of Southern rock. Led by frontman Patterson Hood (son of famed Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood) with a rotating cast of Georgia and Alabama natives, the band released its debut in 1998. It's worth noting (at least to WV residents), that during the '70s, Hood spent a considerable amount of time in Charleston visiting his grandparents. Influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young, Drive By Truckers hallmark is a rough 'n' ready, three-guitar attack. Releases like the live "Alabama Ass Whuppin'" and 2001's "The Southern Rock Opera" cemented - and furthered - the group's considerable reputation and made them regulars on the festival circuit. The band was also tapped to back soul legend Bettye LaVette on her CD "Scene of the Crime." In addition to 2008's "Brighter than Creation's Dark," DBT backed Booker T. Jones on his first release in two decades "Potato Hole." Neil Young also played on the disc which featured tunes by Tom Waits, Outkast and the Drive By Truckers.
Sometymes Why - Aoife O'Donovan, Kristin Andreassen and Ruth Ungar Merenda joined forces in 2004 to form Sometymes Why. The three members had notable careers of their own - O'Donovan with Crooked Still, Andreassen with Uncle Earl, and Merenda with the Mammals - and their respective bands have been credited with helping jumpstart a modern folk and string band revival. Sharing influences that ranged from murder ballads and bluegrass to the ethereal music of Feist, Sometymes Why penned tunes for its self-titled debut in 2006. The group's new release is titled "Your Heart is a Glorious Machine."
Steve Poltz - Born in Halifax, Canada and raised in San Diego, Steve Poltz began his musical career in the '90s as a member of the Rugburns. During that time, Poltz struck up a friendship with Jewel, at the time still a struggling singer/songwriter. For her debut, "Pieces of You," the two co-wrote a number of songs including "You Were Meant for Me." More than a year after its release the song hit No. 2 single and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks. Poltz's solo debut, "One Left Shoe," was released in 1998. In 2000, Poltz was awarded the title of "San Diego's Most Influential Artist of the Decade" at the San Diego Music Awards. Since then, Poltz has released a string of critically acclaimed CDs including 2003's "Chinese Vacation" which was inspired by 9/11 and the murder of one of his closest friends. His self-released "Answering Machine" contains 56, 45-second songs which Poltz recorded as messages for his telephone message recorder. The CD is reportedly one of Neil Young's favorite records. In 2008, he released "Traveling" and the companion CD "Unraveling."
The Belleville Outfit - The six-piece amalgam came together in 2007 to fill a slot at Merlefest. The result was a strikingly original sound that mixed the members' Appalachian roots with gypsy swing, big band, jazz and country. In the past two years, the Texas-based band has sold out shows throughout Texas and along the East Coast and shared stages with the likes of Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Del McCoury Band and Mark O'Connor. The band's full-length debut, "Wanderin'," reached No. 10 on the Americana album chart.
Spring Standards - This folk-pop trio formed as the Old Springs Pike in 1999 when the members were still in high school, and for two years played around the Delaware/Pennsylvania area. A few years after graduating, they found themselves all living within a few blocks of each other in New York. The music is characterized by strong harmonies and energetic, melodic tunes. The band just issued its debut EP, "No One Will Know," co-produced with Rhett Miller of the Old 97s.
This show is scheduled for national release in May.
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