Benjy Ferree

Ferree is a character with just enough charisma to draw you into his oddball world. While his subject matter is dark (his latest album revolves around a child actor whose life ended tragically), Ferree's music often has a lilt with hints of humor, as is evidenced by his Tiny Desk Concert.

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Horse Feathers

Sweet-voiced, bearded acoustic guitarists are not a rare commodity in the Pacific Northwest, which has spawned the likes of Fleet Foxes, Blind Pilot and countless others, just in the last few years. Horse Feathers' Justin Ringle may be the gentlest beard-wearer of them all, which made him a perfect candidate to appear in NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts series: With a voice that high and soft, the man needs a quiet room.

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Tom Jones

When a publicist for Tom Jones contacted us and said the singer wanted to do a "Big Desk Concert," the thought of Jones' substantial voice filling our office left us laughing — and dying to do it.

Super XX Man

The music of Super XX Man's Scott Garred is often introspective and deeply personal. It's sometimes playful, bittersweet and dreamy, but Garred's songs are always heartfelt and reflective.

Woven Hand

Woven Hand's David Eugene Edwards went solo at Bob Boilen's desk with his mandolin-banjo hybrid, a unique instrument made in 1887 by luthier August Pollman. He performs his fiery Americana.

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David Dondero

He should be a name everyone knows by now. Instead, troubadour David Dondero returned to NPR having slept the night before in his car. Dondero travels from club to club, singing his well-crafted songs — songs that have his signature lyrics at their core. His lyrics can make you smile with their wit and hurt with their bite, all at the same time. Watch Dondero perform his well-crafted songs at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music offices.

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We've come up with many excuses to have artists play Tiny Desk Concerts. Usually, it's just an opportunity to bring in artists who haven't gotten as much of our attention as we'd like to give them.

Jim White

Jim White grew up in a deeply Pentecostal community and fell in love with the white gospel music he heard. But from there, White took a surprising path to becoming a full-time musician.

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog isn't an obvious choice for one of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts. The band's music can be pretty chaotic — loud and rumbling, with multiple instruments fighting to be heard.

Lambchop's Kurt Wagner

Kurt Wagner writes and sings beautiful songs with Lambchop, a hefty ensemble with a calm, restrained sound. When Wagner visited us, he came alone, with just a guitar and a good-natured sense of humor.