REQUIRED LISTENING #63: A NO RISK EVENING OF DISCOVERY?
Saturday, June 22, 2002


ALANA DAVIS

Born and raised in Greenwich Village, singer/songwriter Alana Davis first hit the radar when Time Magazine hailed her debut CD as one of the year's 10 best. Radio turned her memorable cover of Ani DiFranco's 32 Flavors into a mainstream success, and since then she has toured with everyone from Ben Harper to Blues Traveler to the ladies of Lilith Fair with her acoustic blend of funky, rhythmic pop.

MARK ERELLI

This Americana newcomer has toured with artists such as John Hiatt, Buddy & Julie Miller, and Dave Alvin, who has stated: "If I had a voice like Mark Erelli, I could go places." Mark's "old soul" vocals make him well suited for his most recent project -- a musical tribute to New England recorded live in a Civil War-era Memorial Hall -- but all the more striking considering he is only 27-years old.

JEB LOY NICHOLS

The music of ex-patriot Jeb Loy Nichols reflects both the country-roots sounds from his upbringing in Missouri to the soulful Jamaica-tinged grooves from his days in South London. As a musician who is often compared to James Taylor, his music is currently taking on a more minimalist approach, stripping melodies down to their basic emotional core, but set to a slow-burning beat.

JOHN TRAIN

Philadelphia quintet John Train is a little bit folk, a little bit country/bluegrass, and a little bit rock and roll -- and all those pieces create a dazzling outfit that brings to mind the works of Townes Van Zandt, Butch Hancock and John Prine. Utilizing the sounds of fiddle, dobro, bass and mandolin, it becomes easy to get swept into the world-weary, bittersweet lyrics of songwriter Jonathan Houlon.