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Neko Case

"Neko Case" (born September 8, 1970 in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and as a member of the New Pornographers.

Her music is frequently labeled alternative country, although Case doesn't describe it in that way. She recorded and toured for several years as "Neko Case & Her Boyfriends" before switching to her own name. Case primarily writes her own material, but she also performs and has recorded cover versions of songs by artists such as Loretta Lynn, Tom Waits, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams. She frequently infuses humorous narratives into her live sets, a habit she says she gained from her grandmother and Wanda Jackson.

She is protective of her artistic independence, combining punk's "do it yourself" aesthetic, a strong business sense, and clear opinions about her artistic goals. She has spurned offers from major record labels because they don't offer her enough control of her music, remaining affiliated with Mint Records in Canada and Bloodshot and ANTI- in the U.S.

Though she grew up in the U.S., Case began her mu...

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