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January 2014 Staff Picks: Up the Chain


Falling somewhere along the approachable continuum between James Taylor and John Mayer, Reed Kendall’s folky croon is like comfort food for the ears. The Ardmore native’s new CD, Seeds & Thorns, has been embraced by XPN’s on-air tastemakers, who’ve dubbed him one of the area’s “most creative songwriters.” Indeed, Kendall is wise beyond his 27 years. Just 13 when he made his onstage debut at the Point in Bryn Mawr, he’s now a seasoned touring act—and one poised for a breakthrough. He performs at Burlap and Bean Coffee in Newtown Square on Jan. 10. Visit upthechain.com