|New York, New York|
Melody and narrative are the ties that bind this afternoon program. With a name plucked from a Shakespeare sonnet, Those Pretty Wrongs—comprising Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Luther Russell (The Freewheelers)—craft sun-dappled songs, in which poetry and harmonies soar over acoustic soundscapes. Equipped with “unflinching introspection and Southern Gothic–shaded storytelling” (NPR Music), celebrated singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier excavates poignant songs from a bittersweet life. With their bright, side-by-side harmonies, power pop songstress Kelly Jones and Teddy Thompson (son of British folk-rock icons Richard and Linda Thompson) strike a vintage boy-girl Everlys vibe. Their original songs run the gamut from heartbreaking country ballads to lively rockabilly tunes.