STEPHEN FRETWELL - Magpie
Take some Springsteen(gravely voiced lyrics), Damien Rice (lamenting love and lovers) and David Gray (some deep, British feelings), and you have a solid Stephen Fretwell.
I first heard him on a February KCRW's Morning Becomes Ecletic with Nic Harcourt. (That show is still available at the KCRW website so be sure to check out the acoustic session). He had a few lovely songs, namely 'Whats That You Say Little Girl' and 'Emily', that caputred my attention and led me to his early 2006 debut, Magpie. Overall, the album is only 12 tracks long but feels like 24. He could have kept the 5 or so gems on here and maybe just kept it at a EP - that is all he had to do to make a great CD.
Definitely worth checking out and it is only $7.99 at Amazon!
More Fretwell at his myspace page.
What's That You Say Little Girl
Bad Bad You, Bad Bad Me