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Taj Mahal photographed in San Francisco, CA June 4, 2008 © Jay Blakesberg/Retna LTD.k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang

Grammy award winner, k.d. lang is that rare performer who, over 25 years as a major-label artist, has matured before our very ears. The Western Canada native launched her career with a blend of country-rock stylings and a playfully punk-like attitude; she practically put the alternative in alt-country. lang has continued to both fine-tune and expand the parameters of her songwriting and her repertoire with multiple hit albums including Shadowland, Ingénue and Drag. With Hymns of the 49th Parallel, released in 2005, lang presented her most compelling set of material by other songwriters.

 

Taj Mahal photographed in San Francisco, CA June 4, 2008 © Jay Blakesberg/Retna LTD.John Mayall

Born in an English town near the industrial hub of Manchester, John Mayall grew up listening to his guitarist father’s extensive jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. Part of The British Blues Boom of the Late 60’s, Mayall turned professional under the name John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, where a succession of great musicians defined their artistic roots under his leadership, including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and Mick Taylor.

 

Taj Mahal photographed in San Francisco, CA June 4, 2008 © Jay Blakesberg/Retna LTD.Imelda May

Ireland’s Imelda May, may be an unknown name to some, but to many she is already a superstar. She is unmistakable both in her music (a fusion of surf guitars, blues and rockabilly that wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch film) and her style, with a solitary curl and shock of blonde in her jet black hair.

 

Taj Mahal photographed in San Francisco, CA June 4, 2008 © Jay Blakesberg/Retna LTD.Luke Doucet and The White Falcon

Described as “a late-’70s ride to the grocery store in a big, gas-guzzling Lincoln Town Car,” Steel City Trawler, Luke Doucet’s fifth release on Six Shooter Records, has attracted four-star reviews and earned a spot on the Globe and Mail’s Best of 2010 list. Luke is known for The White Falcon, his band and signature unmistakable guitar.

 

Taj Mahal photographed in San Francisco, CA June 4, 2008 © Jay Blakesberg/Retna LTD.Matt Andersen

New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen has a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage.

 

Taj Mahal photographed in San Francisco, CA June 4, 2008 © Jay Blakesberg/Retna LTD.The Secret Sisters

Laura and Lydia Rogers, a pair of barely twenty-something sisters from Alabama sisters dare to cover the Sinatra untouchable “Something Stupid,” one minute, and deliver their own self-penned, soon-to-be signature anthem “Tennessee Me,” the next.

 

Taj Mahal photographed in San Francisco, CA June 4, 2008 © Jay Blakesberg/Retna LTD.Current Swell

Based in Victoria BC, Current Swell is in the foreground of the “new roots” music front pushing out of Canada’s west coast. The band has been receiving recognition from around the world as a mainstay in the “surf rock” community.