Who: Gabe Dixon Band
Where: Formed at the University of Miami (FL)
Sounds like: The Fray, Paul McCartney, Ben Folds
Why you should listen: Fans of the departed Ben Folds Five and Ben Folds should be drawn very much to this group, whose namesake turned a chance to tour with Paul McCartney years ago to form his own band. The sound is very eclectic but the base remains piano-driven pop/rock but you hear sounds of folk, Americana, country, new world jazz, a heavy helping on Southern blues & soul, and influences straight from the Paul McCartney songbook. The group is currently on tour with Justin Nozuka and their debut album for the Concord Music Group owned Fantasy Records is out in stores right now.