While there is no shortage of confessional singer-songwriters armed with acoustic guitars, Brooklyn-based Kevin Devine is simply more special--and more likable--than most. His set at the 2007 ACL Festival, in which he was accompanied part way through by Atlanta-based (and enviably young and talented) Manchester Orchestra, was one of the highlights of ACL for me.
Above is one of the pictures I took at that sweltering set. Below are some videos of Devine performing live I found on Youtube (check out the very cherry Gibson ES-335 (in Cherry) in the second video).
"Heaven Bound and Glory Be" from Put Your Ghost to Rest (2006):
"Cotton Crush" from Split the Country, Split the Street (2005):