In the ten years I've been away from my hometown, Richmond, VA, its music scene has blossomed, even by the standards of the musically-rich Southeast. My college friend Chris has jumped into that scene and now plays mandolin and does backup vocals for Jonathan Vassar and the Speckled Bird, so naturally I'm a bit partial to this local talent. Check them out on local Channel 6 this morning! (I'm pretty sure that female newscaster has been on since I was about 10)
Their new album, "The Fire Next Time," should be up for sale on iTunes...soon.