By Dr. Jake McCann, PhD.

Described variously as "an intersection of Randy Newman's gruff flamboyance, Nick Cave's gothic Úlan and Leonard Cohen's pithy wisdom" and "a pop stylist, with a quick lyrical wit and a card shark's finesse in delivering a hook" Durham, NC based songwriter and author Django Haskins makes mongrel American music.

Django has recorded nine albums of his songs and has had his music featured in many indie and major films and TV. His music has received rave reviews in Pitchfork, Billboard, CMJ, and his mother's letters, but it's in the live shows where the music really comes alive, thanks to good old-fashioned showmanship and grit. Django tours both solo and with his band, The Old Ceremony.

Excerpts from his upcoming non-fiction book, The First Class Passenger were recently selected for the "Best Non-Fiction of 2010" by NYC-based arts & culture blog Frontier Psychiatrist.