Hometown: Havertraw, NY
Jamie Block is a New York-based singer-songwriter known for ramshackle, critical-darling, genre-bending antifolk music. In the 90s Block busked, skylarked and chainsmoked his way to indie stardom and then—rather than turn to a life of tears when Capitol Records dropped him—traitorously joined the one percent with a Wall Street career. Only when, years later, he heard a sultry New York deejay named Claudia Marshall call him back to music did he pick up his guitar again. Also, because nothing's ever simple: His life fell apart. Midlife, divorce, spiritual spiral, recovery.