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Although she left Virginia in 2011, Devon Sproule (on right) returns often to perform her locally crafted folk music steeped in Blue Ridge tradition. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Devon Sproule

Nothing epitomizes a longing for Old Virginia more than fine local wine combined with Blue Ridge folk music—and the songs of Devon Sproule are a perfect testimonial. The formerly local singer-songwriter pieces together elements of folk, country, pop, and jazz to create an authentic, simple sound set off by sweet, honest vocals that evoke the countryside’s pastoral […]

Nat Baldwin has spent years enriching the music of the indie rock elite. Now he’s going it alone in his jazz incarnation at the Tea Bazaar on Thursday. Photo credit: Lindsay Metivier

ARTS Pick: Nat Baldwin

Tenure under the tutelage of jazz legend Anthony Braxton and a decade onstage with the Dirty Projectors has helped Nat Baldwin become a premiere player in the avant-garde jazz scene. His songwriting bears the heavy weight of melancholia—a haunting and foreboding tone that is carried by gravelly vocals over a bowed upright bass. Baldwin’s ominous timbre […]

JD McPherson aims to shake the retro moniker with an edgier approach on a new record due this fall. He’ll preview some new tunes to the Jefferson audience on Thursday. Publicity photo

JD McPherson pushes beyond the throwback tag

JD McPherson may be about to piss a lot of people off. The singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist’s first record, Signs and Signifiers, was a faithful reproduction of old school rhythm and blues. He and his team, working with vintage equipment in a Chicago studio, knew there was an existing (mostly European) fan base just waiting to […]