Originally the lead singer of the alternative
rock band The Verve, Richard Ashcroft is a
singer songwriter praised for his intricate
stylings and spiritual lyrics. His debut album,
Alone with Everybody, hit #1 in the UK.
The Hold Steady
Started in 2003 by two musicians and a bartender, The Hold Steady was honored a few years later as Blender Magazine’s Band of the Year. The band has released five studio albums featuring their signature riff-heavy classic-rock style, and have toured and played with a variety of artists including The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band
Husband-and-wife musicians Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi joined forces last year to travel and play blues rock together. They were voted International Artist of the Year at this past January's Maple Blues Awards in Toronto.
Singer-songwriter Kid Rock has sold over 25 million albums around the world. Devil Without a Cause brought him to stardom in 1998, and his most recent album, Born Free, shot to #1 on the Billboard Rock Album chart. Recently, he's hosted the 2010 CMT Awards, was named one of GQ's 2010 Men of the Year, and sold out the inaugural show of his Born Free concert tour in under five minutes.
Cold War Kids
Based in Long Beach, CA, indie rock band Cold War Kids began recording in 2004, leading to their first hit single "Mulberry St." Their sophomore album, released in 2008, finished #3 on the U.S. Independent Albums chart. Extensive touring, including national appearances with Death Cab for Cutie, has earned them a huge-and growing-audience.
Atlanta-based indie rockers Manchester Orchestra produce music that's been characterized as raw, urgent, emotional, and 100 percent authentic. They have released two studio albums, including their critically acclaimed second album Mean Everything to Nothing.
The Fray was formed in 2002 in Denver, and released their first album How to Save a Life in 2005. The album went double platinum and the single "Over My Head" became a top-ten U.S. hit. The band's self-titled second album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts in 2009 and earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Nominated for a Boston Music Award and winner of a Jammy for "Best New Groove," Grace Potter and the Nocturnals were founded on the campus of St. Lawrence University in 2002. The band's self-titled third release peaked at #5 on the iTunes Top 100 albums chart and #2 on the iTunes Rock Albums chart.
Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Bob Scheinder has been the front man for the groups The Scabs, Ugly Americans and Lonelyland, the latter used for the title of his first major album. Now a solo performer, his mix of funk, country, rock and folk was on full display on the critically-acclaimed 2009 release Lovely Creatures, which featured the single "40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)."
Originally known as Of A Revolution, O.A.R. was formed in 1996 and their popularity has steadily increased. Their worldwide acclaim kicked into high gear after 2000, when several of their songs became word-of-mouth Top 100 hits. The band sold out Madison Square Garden for the first time in 2006, and both the single and video for "Shattered," off their 2008 album All Sides, became enormous hits.