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Sounds Like: Steve Earle, Giant Sand, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Guy Clark, Tom Waits
Bio: American String Conspiracy was formed in 2003 by award-winning poet Gary Keenan and guitarist Shu Nakamura as a means to explore American song traditions and to create original songs drawing inspiration from blues, country, folk, jazz, pop, rock and roll, gospel and whatever else sounds good on s...See Full Bio
“The members of American String Conspiracy can play. Ernie Vega's mandolin charms, and Suzanne Davenport's bowed string instruments -- violin and cello -- contribute solidly to the arrangements. Her fiddle soars like a eagle over and above the vocals, creating an interesting mix. The various guitars, slide guitars and dobros all push the songs along, and when Ernie Vega doubles on harmonica, he plays the happiest harp you've heard in a long time. Gary Keenan's lead voice suits this material. He growls as much as sings with a tone that is dark and smoky. His isn't a great pop voice but, of course, if Justin Timberlake is your idea of a great singer, then you've got no business listening to the American String Conspiracy anyway. Keenan might not a great voice, but he has a great voice for this band...This is a band that is going to be important when they finish working out their influences and allow themselves to emerge completely.”