Dave Matthews, 34
This South-African vocalist/guitarist has really grown on me. I'm not that familiar with his earlier work, albums like "Remember Two Things" and "Under the Table and Dreaming," but have fallen with the ranks of millions of fans who like the Dave Matthews Band's music. "Everyday" is a great song and heartwarming video. Perhaps his collaberative effort with Tim Reynolds, "Live at Luther College," is my favorite disc. The acoustic guitar playing is simply trippy and the sound is clean.
John Christiana, 49
Hard-working and a gifted handyman, John (pictured, at left) makes Bob Vila look like Christopher Lowell. A fierce negotiator, John has caused electricians, plumbers and roofers to wish they had never handed over an estimate. Perhaps this talent evolved from the travails of customer service at Sears and hard-nosed discussions with the Pinto-selling Bob Karaffa. A gifted singer, John's rendition of "I've Got You Babe" is the center of discussion in small taverns with a microphone and flowing Guinness.
Crystal Gayle, 53
This country music star is equally as famous for her trademark long hair as she is for her tender ballads. Crystal is the baby sister of country sensation Loretta Lynn. "I’ll Get Over You" and "You Never Miss a Real Good Thing (Till He Says Goodbye)" both reached No. 1 on the country charts. Her signature song is "Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," which received tons of worldwide airplay upon its release in 1978, the same year Karaffa sold the brown pinto to the kid on Edith Avenue.