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All Music Guide:
Americana singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge makes old-time country, blues, folk, and Western swing-influenced music. Born Andrew Heissler in Bloomington, Illinois in 1983, LaFarge developed an early interest in American literature and history as well as roots music of the 20th century. By his teens, LaFarge was combining his passions into his own music, accompanying himself on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. After graduating high school, LaFarge adopted an itinerant lifestyle -- as well as the name Pokey -- and traveled around the United States, often performing on street corners. In 2006, LaFarge released his self-produced debut album, Marmalade. Several independent releases followed before LaFarge caught the ear of Jack White, who signed him to his own Third Man Records. In 2013, LaFarge released his eponymous Third Man debut album.