I would like to think it is my job as a writer and music advocate to bring fresh new music and faces to your attention — I use the term “underground music” loosely, in the sense that these artists deserve much more attention than they are receiving.

Dallas/Fort Worth native Vanessa Darien, or Van Darien, is an Americana/Folk artist with a tough lyrics and even stronger vocals. You may find her a little eccentric, but once you sit down and hear an acoustic session, I assure you'll jump on board.

"Cannonball" is possibly the strongest off her latest album, Silent Sparrow, which you can pick up here! Click here to hear Van visiting in-studio with us on Radio Texas, LIVE!