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1982, Nevada City, California, USA. One of the more original performers to emerge from the independent music scene in the early years of the twenty-first century, Newsom launched a solo career while concurrently working with the bands Nervous Cop and the Pleased.
Raised in Nevada City, California, Newsoms training began at an early age with piano lessons before she graduated to studying the Celtic harp - a very difficult musical instrument to master. She began writing her own material while at high school, mixing conventional indie rock with melodies drawn from her growing interest in Appalachian folk and country blues. At the end of the 90s she moved to San Francisco to study at Mills College, and it was here that she formed the indie rock band the Pleased with guitarist Noah Georgeson. The quintet, with Newsom on keyboards, built up a strong reputation on the Bay Area indie scene and beyond, prompting the recording of 2002s...