Beth Bombara never set out to front her own band. “I wasn’t comfortable being in the spotlight, and talking into a microphone just froze me up," she admits. But after playing guitar and keys in various other bands, encouragement from peers led her to start writing and performing her own music. "Her songs live in the same world as greats like Petty and Dylan; Gillian and Joni, but she never sounds like the "typical" artist who claims these influences," notes The Columbia Tribune. Her new album comes out on August 4.