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Natalie Merchant is a folk singer. For 20 years she has been writing passionate, political folk songs and  disguising them as radio-friendly power pop. First, with the seminal 10,000 Maniacs and then as a solo  artist she has written songs about the dispossessed, the downtrodden, simple people facing overwhelming pressures of desperate circumstances- child abuse, divorce, the death penalty, and many more political topics. Now after twenty years of playing the major label game Merchant has released a record on her own label and has delivered an album of her brand of folksongs that she didn’t write. This album is beautiful. “The House Carpenter’s Daughter” is a collection of songs, some old, some new and some that until now were completely lost and only existed on paper. Merchant wraps her distinctive, resonant alto around self-arranged traditional tunes, as well as some newer, contemporary tracks in such a way that if you didn’t know better you might imagine that she conceived and wrote these songs herself. –By Ang.

Bill Ward Band
Highway in the Desert

Eclectic Swing/Folk/Blues, with a hint of Alt. Country. Guests include former Bonnie Raitt guitarist Will McFarlane, Big Leg Emma's Amanda Barton, and Bill's Dad. Swing, groove, and cry.

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