Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
Sound description: Acoustic indie folk rock.
RIYL: Patty Griffin, Ani DeFranco, Tracey Chapman, Anya Marina, Tristan Prettyman
- Musician Interviews · Jan. 26, 2006
Influences: Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, the Indigo Girls, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Anya Marina, Bright Eyes, Tristan Prettyman, Bob Marley, Cathryn Beeks, Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Aimee Mann, Missy Higgins, Erin McKeown, Christine Kane, Tracey Chapman, Jonatha Brooke, Nicki Walker, Stevie Nicks, the Pretenders, the Sundays, Ryan Adams, U2, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, David Gray, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, Sarah Harmer
'It seems that I am in the midst of a wicked streak of bad luck this week," blogged San Diego-based singer/songwriter Laura K (aka Laura Kuebel). "It all started Sunday afternoon, during an otherwise enjoyable visit with my dad. While we went hiking up Cowles Mountain, some bastard smashed the window of [my father's] rental car to steal my bag. Contents included my cell phone, digital camera, favorite T-shirt, keys, and all the necessary information to steal my identity.... As my week has been turned into a huge pain in the ass while putting all the pieces back, I realize what a slave to convenience I have become. Can I honestly complain about a lost cell phone while headlines on thousands of hurricane victims scream at me every day?"
Laura K frequently plays at Twiggs, the Tiki, and Blind Melon's, where she has hosted open mic nights. She describes her favorite guitar: "My Alvarez RD20 is one of the first guitars I ever picked up, and she's been my loyal companion ever since. I bought it at Blue Eagle Music in Athens, Ohio, this tiny guitar shop in my college town, with familiar folks who have played guitar since long before I was born. If I went back years down the road, they'd probably still remember what kind of strings I use."
-- "Lists," 1-26-06