In an interview with La Grande Life, Travis Ward cited Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie and Mississippi Fred McDowell as inspirations. He also mentioned Caustic Resin and The Black Heart Procession. That's the trick to Hillfolk Noir: The bluegrass-influenced band knows how to honor the classics and put its own stamp on them. hillfolknoir.com.
Second Place: Built to Spill
Third Place: Big Wow