REQUIRED LISTENING #58:
A NO RISK EVENING OF DISCOVERY?

MARINA BELICA

Founding member of the critically acclaimed band October Project, and frequent collaborator with the Dana Pomfret band, Marina is taking the musical plunge as a solo artist. Vocally reminiscent of Enya and influenced by Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan, Marina takes traditional rhythms and offsets them with instruments like the Celtic harp, cello, and timpani.

JO DAVIDSON

New York-based Jo Davidson is generating a lot of buzz since her single "Fragile Tough Girl" was featured on the WB's Felicity. Like Alanis Morrisette and Tori Amos before her, the provocative, literate and sexy singer-songwriter-pianist weaves a lyrical tapestry of deeply personal reflections, quirky lullabies, and edgy harmonies.

TOM HAMBRIDGE

Rock 'n' roll drummer-singer-songwriter Tom Hambridge has made a living forming bands which backed everyone from Bo Diddley to Chuck Berry. But after his most recent gig pairing him with blues superstar Susan Tedeschi -- where he played, produced, and wrote her two hit singles "Rock Me Right" and "It Hurt So Bad" -- Tom is ready to debut as a solo artist.

RANDY KAPLAN

Long Island-born Randy Kaplan sings of modern romance, male neuroses, and quirky character studies with the off-kilter viewpoint of a man who appreciates the blurred edges as much as the finer points. Like Leonard Cohen before him, and his friend and musical compadre Dan Bern, Randy's self-effacing lyrics make you laugh, cry and blush at their honest simplicity.