SXSW 2008: Johnathan Rice The DC, native's latest CD, Further North, is a tribute to his new environs in Los Angeles. It takes on a laid-back pop and country-rock vibe, akin to the late-'60s records by his hero, Neil Young.

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SXSW 2008: Johnathan Rice

When Washington, D.C., native Johnathan Rice graduated from high school, he opted out of college and headed straight for New York City. Rice struggled for a year, but just when he was heading back home, he received a call from the major record label that had spawned many of his influences: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Lou Reed among them. Rice has since recorded two full-length albums. His latest, Further North, is a tribute to his new environs in Los Angeles. Appropriately enough, it takes on a laid-back pop and country-rock vibe, akin to the late-'60s records by his hero Neil Young, as well as The Byrds.

Hear the other bands from this concert: R.E.M., Dead Confederate, Papercranes, Summerbirds in the Cellar.

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