Brandi Carlile made her stage debut at the age of performing Rosanne Cash's "Tennessee Flat-Top Box" at the Northwest's version of the Grand Ole Opry.
It was very special for me to get the chance to do this feature with Mason. He tells the story of how I was the first DJ that he heard play his song!
Never have three songwriters who sing come together for such a project in such a diplomatic way, even to the point of taking it on tour.
Zee Avi's music career began after she posted a video of her first song on YouTube for a friend, who had missed her first performance in Kuala Lumpur. After recognizing her online popularity, Brushfire Records signed Zee in 2008.
From Bowling Green, Kentucky and by way of the rough neighborhood of Leyton, England, Cage The Elephant have emerged onto the musical horizon with their grunge-tinged Southern punk.
A bluesy diva teams up with raucous, garage rock ruffians to form The Noisettes.
Listen to the stories that Francis tells and see if you can guess as the playlist unfolds, what is the theme that links it all together?
Since finding their beginnings in Columbia, Missouri, the White Rabbits now call Brooklyn home and have exploded musically with their quirky sextet setup and power-pop hooks.
Influenced by musical friends MGMT, Amazing Baby released its debut EP as a free Internet download in July, 2008. Their latest offering, "Rewild" was released this year.
Few musical performers who've crossed over to acting have ever gone back to music with any level of success, and none have achieved the level of artistic achievement in each realm as Mos Def has with this album.
Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, paid her dues as a back-up musician throughout the indie world before emerging as a unique voice in 2007.
Jenny Lewis has been charming her audiences with her slight twang and progressive musicianship since beginning her music career with Rilo Kiley as their lead singer in 1998.
Since their first demo in 2001, The Kills have explored new territory in four ablums. Their latest, Midnight Boom was released in 2008 and explores their electro-funk side while maintaining their bluesey vocals.
Coming together in 2003 in Ann Arbor, MI, Nomo arrives as a surprise from the North with their mix of avant garde jazz and a heavy dose of funk in their Afrobeat sound.
Bass player Nick Harmer and guitarist/producer Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie both did radio while in college, and talked about how it had influenced their band.