Sounds Like: A deeper, raspier-voiced Ryan Adams interpreting the riffs from the Rolling Stones’ “Tumblin’ Dice,” with plenty of warm, heartland sheen
For Fans of: Tom Petty, Jared Deck, John Moreland’s Big Bad Luv
Why You Should Pay Attention: If the name Thorp Jenson sounds silly, that’s because it kind of is: the nom de plume for Virginia’s Chris Ryan, it came to be after his bandmates started calling him “Thorp” to make a play on his particularly Ron Burgandy mustache. The name and the facial hair stuck, as did Ryan’s love of classic Southern-focused rock & roll that, if released these days, would be – let’s face it – dubbed Americana. A staple on the Richmond, Virginia, scene, Ryan made the rounds in bands, weddings and anywhere he could exercise his guitar skills, until deciding to buckle down and make an album.