Thanks to John for pointing me in the direction of Cranklin Moth. They have opened another small door for me into the Chicago scene. Even though I’m a resident Chicagoan, family matters make it so I am still a foreigner to the whole scene. I hadn’t heard of this band in my very own backyard.
Cranklin Moth used to be Known as Redbird, presently they have a Redbird Ep available for sampling on their site but will soon have the disc for sale at their shows as well. Musically the band leans heavily on the pedal steel for creating atmosphere and mood. The lead singer/songwriter has an expressive voice and the lyrics are consistently great. Here’s two from Canklin Moth.