Delicate Cutters are a Birmingham, Ala.-based band that plays rich, lyrically solid rock music that draws from country and folk traditions without yukking it up. Head Cutter Janet Simpson writes haunted, wide-eyed ballads of losing and longing, evoking alt-rock legends like Kristen Hersh, while fiddler Kevin Nicholson weaves intricate, highly individualized melodic lines around and inside her strong, compelling vocals.”

James Jackson Toth (AKA Wooden Wand)