Artists To Watch 2020

Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, as well as paid tracks from Bandcamp, and preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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Here’s a playlist of everything available on

Band Song Why them
01. The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris & Amanda Shires) Redesigning Women A country supergroup with great harmonies, I’d follow Brandi Carlile anywhere.
02. Philip B. Price C’mon World Winterpills frontman goes solo again.
03. Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla & Allison Russell) Moon Meets The Sun Another supergroup, this one spiritual and banjo heavy.
04. Jakob Dylan and Norah Jones Never My Love The film looks fun, but the soundtrack with of The Wallflowers frontman doing duets on covers is a classic.
05. Delta Rae Take Me There First single from the 5th biggest music Kickstarter campaign.
06. Adam Lambert Loverboy The occasional Queen frontman shows he can still produce some impressive music on his own.
07. Wild Harbors House On Fire They did a great job opening for SHEL at Jammin’ Java.
08. Heather Maloney We Were Together (feat. Taylor Goldsmith) Wonderful duet with the Dawes frontman.
09. Farewell Angelina Baby Best part of the Herndon Festival this year in its new location.
10. The Rembrandts Count On You The “Friends” famous band returns with their sound unchanged.
11. Calva Louise I Heard A Cry A review said “Fuse surfy riffs to fuzzy grunge pop” and seems fairly accurate.
12. Fruit Bats Drawn Away Sad lyrics and upbeat melodies make a sweet song.
13. Joy Williams The Trouble With Wanting Formerly half of The Civil Wars, she’s back with this soulful song.
14. Bill Michalski Hunch I try to avoid repeats of artists, but this song really grabbed me.
15. Madison Cunningham Trouble Found Me She impressed me at Live From Here with her cover of Radiohead’s No Surprises, and her own stuff is good as well.
16. Keuning Restless Legs Lead guitarist of The Killers steps out with catchy solo debut.
17. Kate Davis Open Heart Would not have predicted songs like this from the woman singing here.
18. Local Natives When Am I Gonna Lose You Nice harmonies and falsettos.
19. Mary Lambert Write You A Song No Macklemore here, just a sweet song.
20. Smug Brothers Every One Is Really Five Reminds me of early Golden Smog.
21. Lily & Madeleine Can’t Help The Way I Feel Feels like a classic girl group song.
22. Jaret & Kelly Daddy’s Girl Singers for Bowling for Soup and The Dollyrots team up for a song close to my heart.
23. Katy Vernon Undertow Hits a sweet spot between country and pop.
24. Josh Rouse Sleigh Brother Bill Yes, it’s from his Christmas record, but aside from the subject matter, it’s a good song with a great beat.
25. Sass Jordan Cinnamon The Canadian singer/songwriter is back.
26. Pan Rocks Steel Drum Rock Orchestra (with Mike Portnoy, Philip Bynoe & Pete Thorn) YYZ An obvious cover, but fun (and you can’t go wrong with Mike Portnoy on drums).