Download: Mixtape: Spotlight on San Francisco Singer-Songwriters (Podcast #361)
It’s not entirely clear why a remarkable new wave of singer-songwriters has begun to emerge in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, but we certainly aren’t complaining. Other genres may fall more in and out of vogue, but a wide array of local songwriting talents influenced by folk, rock, blues, pop, and psych are performing regularly in places like Viracocha, Doc’s Lab, and The Chapel, and banding together for showcases like the Fog City Songwriters series of quarterly events.
While veteran performers like Lia Rose and The Sam Chase regularly headline shows around the Bay Area, buzzed-about artists like Fantastic Negrito are beginning to join them. Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s blues-influenced project won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest and he’ll be performing at Outside Lands this summer. Also on the radar: SF’s Andrew St. James, who, despite being only 19, released his second album, The Shakes, to much acclaim late last year.
The term “singer-songwriter” often triggers mental images of a lone troubadour with an acoustic guitar, and, to be sure, a handful of the songs included here fit that mold. Travis Hayes often performs with a full band, but late last year’s Young Daze