NPR Weekend Edition

When Anthony D'Amato was a junior at Princeton, he slipped a home-burned CD under the door of a professor — not a professor of music, and certainly no record executive.

It was the door of Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, critic and poetry editor of The New Yorker, who began to work with D'Amato. Five years later, the student is on the music scene, winning praise for folk-rock songs that demonstrate a plain, sometimes flip poetry of their own.

Wall Street Journal: Young Musician Studies Art of Telling Stories Through Songs

With his scruffy beard, plaid shirts and fifth-floor walk-up in Williamsburg, Anthony D'Amato could be any aspiring 20-something musician living in Brooklyn.

But Mr. D'Amato, who graduated from Princeton University in 2010, has studied songwriting with a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, performed onstage with Bruce Springsteen, and already received attention from NPR and Time Magazine for his soulful stamp on American folk rock.

Twangnation - Album Review

Performers like Konrad Wert (Possessed By Paul James) , Scott H. Biram and Hillstomp have been spectacularly creating Depression era country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and blues music for years by jolting the dusty form with a furious intensity and emotional directness that would make Marcus Mumford sob into his vintage hanky.

We can now add to that the Joplin, Mo. trio of Ben Miller, Doug Dicharry and Scott Leeper, collectively known as The Ben Miller Band.

Floating Action Returns With A Hi(gher)-fi New Album

“Quiet bros stick together,” is how local singer-songwriter and producer Seth Kauffman sums up working with musician Ray LaMontagne. Kauffman played guitar on LaMontagne’s recent, Dan Auerbach-produced Supernova and says that LaMontagne asked him to work on his next album as well. In fact, Kauffman has been spending a lot of time working on other people’s projects. With Auerbach, of drum-and-guitar duo The Black Keys, he also contributed to Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence, which he says “turned out great — a cool record” despite label drama.

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