Callaghan is a recent transplant from England to Atlanta, Georgia, and her music is just as difficult to pin down as she is. After one full-length album and one live EP, Callaghan has begun building a catalog of songs which stylistically blends aspects of the bluegrass, pop, and country genres—all while managing to show off her vocal agility without seeming showy or heavy-handed. The 6-song compilation EP 40 States and Counting is currently available to download for free from Noisetrade.com, and serves as a great introduction to Callaghan’s music. You can learn more about her current tour—and follow the progress of what promises to be another impressive full-length album—by visiting her website.
Max García Conover is an award-winning songwriter from New England whose skills at strumming and fing erpicking a guitar are reminiscent of such incredibly talented artists as Doc Watson or David “Dawg” Grisman. Unfortunately, in comparison to his beautifully intricate instrumental work and deftly-crafted stanzas, Conover’s vocals seem to take away more from the songs than they add.
Despite these musical inconsistencies, Max García Conover has garnered plenty of fans who find both his instrumental and vocal stylings refreshing. Take some time to listen to both of his EP’s, as well as his first full-length album (2013’s Burrow), here, and decide for yourself.