Amos Lee

Since the release of the Amos Lee album in 2005, the Philadelphia-born and -based former schoolteacher has been one of his generation's most celebrated songwriters. After being named one of Rolling Stone's "Top 10 Artists to Watch," Lee quickly went on to tour with such giants as Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Paul Simon, and Elvis Costello. His next two albums—Supply and Demand (2006) and Last Days at the Lodge (2008)—continued to extend his audience and his reputation, and he's gone on to collaborate with everyone from Willie Nelson and Norah Jones to Lucinda Williams and Zac Brown. 2011's Mission Bell was a dramatic leap forward for Lee, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering the best reviews of his career.