The Deli's Best of Folk/Americana Poll for emerging Chicago artists ended yesterday and elected a single winner for both the Readers' Poll and the overall chart, which aggregates both readers votes and the votes of our jury of scene experts.
Belonging to the "less is more" school of thought, Jessie Winslow employs a very sparse instrumentation but aims directly at the earth. In her 2016 EP, appropriately titled "Bare," she even rejects the flattering effects of artificial reverberation on the vocals, an effect so common in recorded music that, by itself, its absence forges an original sound.
Kudos also to Furious Frank and Todd Kesler, who placed 2nd and third in the readers' poll and also, respectively, 2nd and 4th in the overall charts, separated by Robbie Fulks who snatched the 3rd place in the latter.
Find all the finalist of the Folk//Americana category under the streaming track.