Jim Ed Poole
Singer-songwriter Krista Detor has roots all over the U.S., including California, North Dakota, and her current home in Bloomington, Indiana. She's moved around a lot in her career and her touring schedule echoes that long road. She'll be doing her third European tour in 12 months in March of 2009.
One would think that folksingers in Boston are lining up to get gigs and trying to out-do each other in a fiercely competitive scene. But Meg Hutchinson says it's more of a family atmosphere. She's one of Red House Records' newest singer-songwriters and says the Boston scene, where she lives now, is supportive and thriving.
Gorka recorded his very first album, "I Know", on the Red House label back in 1987. He then signed with Windham Hill and recorded five more albums before returning to Red House for four more. John is currently recording new material for yet another Red House recording.
Ben Sollee takes the cello way out of it's roots as a classical stringed instrument. While his music teacher gave him permission to study his "other" music, he made sure Sollee kept his nose firmly planted in the traditional cello repertoire.
Carrie Rodriguez has branched out from her roots as "another Texas fiddle player." In her years on the road, she's grown from playing back-up fiddle to headlining her own band. She lives in New York now and is on tour with her newest album, "She Ain't Me," which includes help from songwriting partners Dan Wilson, Gary Louris and Mary Gauthier.
Don't let Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel hear you say that you can't have a duo with just drums and guitar because they'll prove you wrong. The two formed a duo - both musically and romantically - after meeting several times at different gigs. Now they live and perform as KaiserCartel.
Sonya Kitchell released her first CD when she was only 16 and created a storm of sorts. Critics raved, audiences cheered, and that record opened a lot of doors for the Massachusetts singer-songwriter, including a tour with legendary jazz man Herbie Hancock.
Dave Stoddard says he wrote his first song on piano in kindergarten. Hearing him play, you could buy that, but knowing him, you might think he's pulling your leg.
What does it take to break into the music industry as a singer-songwriter? It helps to have friends in the business. It also helps, a lot, to be good at your craft. Luckily, for Aaron Espe, he could check off both of those necessities.
It's hard to nail down a typical Pete Morton show because you get a little bit of everything. Pete admits he's a news junkie, and a lot of his material is based on current events and world politics. However, he's just as capable of misting up the eyes of the audience with a love song.
Upstate New York singer-songwriter Dar Williams is out with a new CD called, "The Promised Land." She says its a new direction for her with songs that are melodic, yet simple. To achieve that sound she worked with producer Brad Wood in hopes that he would coax her into new territory.
Ruby's Caberet is back in the warehouse district of Minneapolis with a new face. It's now called Ruby's at The Lab and the very first show is a reproduction of "Sisters," a play about the richness of sisterhood with or without brothers.
The Sparrow Quartet doesn't fit any musical molds. They could be placed into a bluegrass box just as easily as a classical box or anywhere in between.
The Morning Show broadcast live from the Minnesota State Fair with special guests Ann Reed, Dan Wilson, Pert' Near Sandstone, and the annual "Where's Eric" game.
The Tannahill Weavers are a Scottish band that have been playing traditional Celtic music for 40-plus years. There have been a few personnel changes over the years, but some of the members go back to the early '70s.