It isn't easy being a Chosen One. Rootsy singer-songwriter Jackie Greene formerly a big fish in the relatively small pond of Sacramento who now lives in San Francisco has had great things expected of him since he was a solo troubadour fresh out of high school in Placerville. Rolling Stone critics named Gone Wanderin', his first album for the indie Dig Music label, one of the best of 2002 and the follow-up, Sweet Somewhere Bound (Dig Music, 2004), was another critical favorite. Read more »
Some years after she took the City of Lights by storm, the great African American chanteuse Josephine Baker famously sang, "J'ai deux amours / Mon pays et Paris": "I have two loves / My country and Paris." For the neofolkish, introspective French singer-songwriter Keren Ann, the journey has been the opposite of Baker's.
After establishing herself with a pair of fine, well-received folk-pop albums in her native France, Keren Ann went bicontinental, establishing a base in New York City, and started recording songs in English. Read more »