Keep an eye on Newton Faulkner
One of the standouts from this year's Non-Comm emerging artist festival was singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner.
Faulkner's got a No. 1 record in Britain but hasn't broken mainstream in the United States yet.
Live, he slaps the guitar and finger picks like a classical guitarist (similar to Andy McKee). But Faulkner also sings and has some pretty solid hooks.
I could see his song "Dream Catch Me" catching on here. You can hear it at his MySpace site.
Faulkner's also got a great sense of humor. At one point in his set, he picked up a small toy guitar, and before starting to play it, he said, "Oh, in case anyone went to the toilet and came back, I'm not massive. This guitar is just really small."
(Photo courtesy of the band)