This week, we're rolling out our now-annual survey of the best new-ish band in each state in our great nation (The first year we did it, we also named the best band and solo artist of all time in each state, but we are presuming all such matters to be closed, so we don't want to hear about it). And even though it's not really the goal of this exercise, we still like to think of ourselves as predicting big things for the artists we anoint as the best.
Bowerbirds, "Northern Lights" (mp3) Bowerbirds hail from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their country-folk style seems like the kind of thing you'd expect to hear in the Appalachian wilderness. The lead singer's voice reminds me a little bit of a different musical Bird. They played T. T.'s last month; if, like me, you slept on it, catch them when they come back around in the summer.