Born and raised in Missouri, David Nail was presented with several offers to play baseball in college but chose to turn them down in the hopes of pursuing a music career. He moved to Nashville to explore his love of county music and was signed to MCA Nashville in 2002, when he released his self-titled debut album. Nail's music is very reflective of contemporary country styles, with lap-steel acoustic ballads as well as more uptempo, rock and roll-influenced tracks populating his albums. On his 2007 album, I'm About to Come Alive, Nail branched out to work some big names in the country music world, including Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts.
Adrian Belew is an American guitarist who gained international notoriety when touring with King Crimson. He has an unorthodox style of playing that features a lot of electronic tweaking and some uncommon playing methods. The Tennessee musician has previously worked with the likes of David Byrne, Frank Zappa, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie and more. Belew now works as an instrument designer, while touring with his backing band called The Power Trio.
Founded in 1992 to promote films as an art form in St. Louis, this festival has quite a fan following. Films and documentaries are screened over a period of 11 days. Apart from viewing works before their official release, visitors can also meet film-makers at the festival. Over 25 awards are given annually, including Best International Feature and Interfaith Award. It is organized by the Cinema St. Louis organization. Screenings held at a number of venues, including Tivoli Theater, Plaza Frontenac Cinema and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Shortly after the demise of the much beloved indie rock group Archers of Loaf in 1998, lead singer Eric Bachmann began to write songs under his new alias, Crooked Fingers. Based out of North Carolina, Bachmann and his rotating cast of band mates forgo his previous project's noisy, distortion-heavy rock songs in favor of a more stripped-down folk and alternative country influenced sound. The band's first two releases were put out by Warm Records in 2000 and 2001 before Crooked Fingers signed to the well-respected indie giant, Merge Records.
Dwarves is a punk band formed in Chicago, Illinois that was originally called The Suburban Nightmare. Debuting with its 1986 album, Horror Stories, the group formed as a garage punk band before moving in a hardcore direction and ultimately settling into an eclectic punk rock sound. With an anarchistic approach to lyric writing as well as band ethos, Dwarves has been called "one of the last true bastions of punk rock ideology in the contemporary musical age."