Kaia Kater, 'Southern Girl'
You wouldn't necessarily think that one of the most groundbreaking performers in southern American music right now would be from Canada. That even though she plays the music of porch swings and tall pines, she's from the land of ketchup chips and, well, tall pines. Kaia Kater has made one of the most remarkable Canadian folk records in some time, playing the instrument she continues to study at the Appalachian studies program in Elkins, Va.: the old-time, clawhammer banjo. Kater's music is somehow ancient and brand new at the same time. — Tom Power, host of Radio 2 Morning