Thank you Em for both of these bands.
Listen to: Akron Family
Their newest album, Love is Simple is poppy and folksy and rocky and dear God is it good. The first two songs alone should get anybody. I listened to this CD five times today alone. They are the band to finally put their finger on the folk-rock pulse that many, many bands have tried for. This music is perfect.
The Shaky Hands & Death Songs (band and side project)
Portland, Oregon is one of the top five cities in the world for working like a city should work. The Shaky Hands is proof. Death Songs is their side-project. Wonderful people and wonderful music. If you want to see some good mandolin rocking out, watch them.