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Meet Adia Victoria, XPN’s Artist To Watch for July

Adia Victoria | Photo courtesy of artist
Adia Victoria | Photo courtesy of artist

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Adia Victoria is WXPN’s Artist To Watch for July. Having just released her impressive debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, the Nashville based musician digs deep into her Southern musical roots for a collection of songs that blend, blues and rock with touches of psychedelia and dark imagery and haunting storytelling. Continue reading →

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Introducing June’s Artist To Watch: Karl Blau


WXPN’s June Artist To Watch is singer-songwriter Karl Blau, a multi-instrumentalist from Anacortes, Washington. His 20 year career boasts over 40 recordings, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers and others released through iconic indie Northwest record labels like K and KNW-YR-OWN label. Blau’s collaboration list is also pretty impressive, having toured and recorded with Laura Veirs and other Pacific Northwest bands.

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Get to know XPN’s February Artist To Watch OJR

OJR
OJR | Photo by Nolan Knight | Courtesy of the artist

WXPN’s February Artist To Watch is singer, songwriter, guitarist, millennial cosmic cowboy OJR, born Oliver John-Rodgers. His new album, Nashville Demos, an album the runs the American music gamut. There are strains of country and folk informed by indie and psychedelic rock. It’s fresh and refreshing, and there’s a dual musical nature on this record that presents OJR as both the singer-songwriter and the rock and roller that is very impressive. The Key reached out to OJR via e-mail to talk about some of his musical inspirations and influences. Continue reading →

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Meet OJR, XPN’s February Artist To Watch

OJR | Photo by Nolan Knight | Courtesy of the artist
OJR | Photo by Nolan Knight | Courtesy of the artist

Meet OJR, a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, who just completely shines on his new album, Nashville Demos.

OJR (real name Oliver John-Rodgers), recorded his new album in “various bedrooms” (presumably his!) and with the exception of a handful of contributions from players from Nashville he recorded most of the songs himself on Garage Band. Continue reading →

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Meet WXPN’s January Artist To Watch, Dylan LeBlanc

Dylan LeBlanc | Photo by Abraham Rowe
Dylan LeBlanc | Photo by Abraham Rowe

Meet WXPN’s January Artist To Watch, singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc.

LeBlanc was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and moved between Shreveport – where his mom lived – and Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he lived with his father James LeBlanc. James is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose songs have been recorded by Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Gary Allan, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and many others. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Son Little keeps it moving at World Cafe Live

Son Little | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Son Little | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

WXPN Artist To Watch Son Little took the stage today at World Cafe Live and put on a smashing performance. With rip-roaring guitar riffs and playful, booming synths, Son Little amped up the crowd with his unique sound and endearing interaction.

After a pause during his song “All Wet”, a toddler’s voice came blaring through the silence blurting out “Blah, blah, blah.” Little continued for a few moments then stopped, chuckled into the microphone and muttered “From the mouths of babes. I’ll try and keep it moving up here.” The crowd answering with roaring laughter. Continue reading →