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To say that Neko Case maintains a busy schedule is an understatement on a par with calling Jimi Hendrix a serviceable guitarist. Case's burgeoning and much lauded alt.-country solo career keeps her in the studio and on the road. Her membership in the Corn Sisters is an interesting old time music diversion, and her involvement in the pop majesty of Carl Newman's New Pornographers is yet another stellar entry on an already impressive resume. Case's unnervingly packed schedule may well have been the determining factor that inspired her decision to create her newest album, "The Tigers Have Spoken," from the stage rather than the studio.  ...
Neko Case has one of those voices. A soaring, knockout voice. But Case, who just released her second album, "Furnace Room Lullaby," (Bloodshot), didn't start off as a singer or in country music, for that matter. After a friend gave her a drum set when she was around 17 or 18, Case says she joined a band right away. "I was in a punk rock band, the Del Logs," the 29-year-old says. "I don't know why we named ourselves after fire place logs. We thought Del Logs was kind of funny. And there were all these Del bands at the time the Del Lords, the Del Fuegos."  ...
Though her arrival on the country music scene appears to some to be unorthodox, punker Neko Case put out a terrific album recalling the legacy of such trailblazers as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson. Originally released in Canada last August, Case's debut, "The Virginian," featuring her band the Boyfriends, was released in the U.S. on Bloodshot in February. Hailing from Alexandria, Va., Case was first exposed to country music by her grandmother. "I didn't realize it when I was a  ...

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