Since there's apparently a "cloud over Idaho" at the moment, this seems like a good time to mention that I recently had the privilege of meeting Josh Ritter, an Idaho native and possibly the best American singer-songwriter of his (that is, my) generation. I say this as a certified musical philistine, so by all means take it with a grain of salt, but there are plenty of non-philistines out there who agree with me; Amazon calls his just-released disc "the best album of 2007, hands down, by the most under-accorded American musical genius," though personally I would suggest starting with 2003's Hello Starling and going on from there. If you like Dylan or Leonard Cohen or anyone else in that vein, you owe it to yourself to give him a listen.

Also, he seems like a really nice guy. So hold your head high, Idaho!

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