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Hailing from the not-so-distant Carlisle, PA, musician Daughn Gibson has moved from being the drummer for prog-metal band Pearls and Brass to a solo act with a much different flavor. His new music has a distinctively country feel, but with a twist - throw in some electronic loops and bagpipes, and you have Gibson's intriguing new musical soundscape. His first solo album, All Hell, was released in 2012 to great reviews from Pitchfork, NPR, and WXPN alike, and his exciting follow-up LP Me Moan was just released on Sub Pop Records last month. Daughn was featured as an NPR Next artist, interviewed by WXPN's own David Dye, as well as in a week-long web series on The Key, which included a great interview and a very cool live video from the Primavera Sound Festival. He's undoubtedly one of the more unique singer-songwriters on the scene today, and his act will be rolling into Philly on August 16th with a live show at Johnny Brenda's.

"On his new album, Daughn continues to put his own unique stamp on the singer-songwriter genre," says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. "Unapologetically twangy and uncannily experimental, the new album is a focused collection of excellent songs with a strong set of not-your-usual story lines."

"Daughn has an incredibly unique voice and world view," says Dan Reed. "He creates songs that seep into your consciousness slowly and satisfyingly."

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Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN's commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio stream as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at