Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter John Wills says his music is influenced by delta bluesmen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and others; however, he started out his career in a punk band.
There's an art to writing a funny song. Do you load it up with silliness, or do you try to sneak in something serious from time to time? Lou and Peter Berryman are masters of the silly song. and they do - occasionally - work in deeper and thought-provoking issues.
What do you do after 20 years as a singer-songwriter when you've recorded an armload of successful CDs, toured the country filling concert halls and coffee houses, and written hundreds of songs? You release a two-disc, high-quailty DVD set of some of your best songs, recorded in a theater in Los Angeles without an audience.
Peter Mayer finally gave in to pressure. His albums and concerts are full of wonderfully crafted, meaningful, deep songs. However, his new CD "Novelties" is full of his "not so serious" songs.
Johnsmith calls himself a "blue collar" songwriter and by looking at his history you could say that's accurate. He spent a number of years as a songwriter for Nashville music companies and has won numerous awards for his creations including honors at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. He also teaches songwriting to up and coming performers.
Keb' Mo' doesn't like to be pigeon-holed. But he is. Often. Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles, he was raised on gospel, played R&B and pop, but was later influenced by jazz and blues and now is widely known as one of the country's best blues singer-songwriters.
Diane Jarvi was born in the US, but her ancestry is most definitely Finnish. She's known for her unique interpretations of world and folk music and her poetry. On her most recent recording she explores more Finnish traditional music, but also dives into Gypsy jazz.
What's in a name? A little of this, a little of that, according to the Alexy brothers. They live near Duluth currently, but grew up in New Jersey and spent a lot of time hanging with their Uncle Frank. So much time, in fact, that they call themselves the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank.
You'd think Martin Sexton was born in the soul music scene, but he claims it was something he found later in life, with help from the movies and a large hamburger chain with golden arches.
Being the daughter of Grammy-winning folk artist Greg Brown, music was a natural part of her Pieta Brown's childhood. She grew up exposed to all sorts of music in both southern Iowa and Alabama.
Several years ago, Jevetta Steele wrote and starred in a production called "Two Queens One Castle." The show is based upon her recovery from a destructive love triangle in her marriage. The show was a hit and played in other theaters around the country.
Alexei and Channy Moon Casselle met in high school, dated, went their separate ways, stayed in touch, and now are married and living in Minneapolis. They also come from various musical backgrounds: classical, bluegrass and hip-hop.
Austin, TX has loads of good songwriters. To be good songwriter them and to be making a living at it puts you in pretty good company. Jimmy LaFave is there.
Monroe Crossing does it the old-fashioned way: by standing around one microphone, leaning in and backing off when they have to balance the overall sound of the five instruments and vocal harmonies. It's a dance they make about 150 times a year in concerts all over the Midwest.
Twenty-two year old Guitarist Sam Miltich is in the process of releasing his third album. He and his father Matthew formed the Clearwater Hot Club some years ago to play the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli.