Nashville's Richard Ferreira
earns comparisons to Elvis Costello so often that the association borders on reflex reaction. But to flip the analogy, if Costello really were a blue-eyed soul singer, he'd sound more like Ferreira a better, less-strained vocalist, with a silky falsetto and a fiery tenor who crafts country soul á la mid-'70s Van Morrison and Arthur Alexander with such patience that he's yet to follow up on his under-appreciated 2002 album, Somewhereville
. To reverse another common (and inaccurate) parallel, if Lucinda Williams grew up on Yo La Tengo ballads instead of Hank Williams blues, she'd sound something like Clare Burson
, another Nashville resident who draws lightly on country and soul melodies to illuminate her dark, cloudy indie-rock supplications. Looking for the sleeper double bill of the summer? Ferreira and Burson might be the ticket.