Austin, Texas–based singer-songwriter Brian Pounds came to national attention on Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice, after he turned two judges’ chairs with a heartfelt rendition of “Wagon Wheel.” One of those judges was Blake Shelton, who recognized Pounds’ raw talent and the wide appeal of his voice, which sits very comfortably in a wide variety of genres, including country, Americana and rock. Pounds has been compared to other rootsy acts, including Ryan Adams, Amos Lee and James Taylor. On his latest release, Strikes and Gutters, Pounds has assembled a roots-rock tour de force. The EP features his best-known song, “Somewhere, Maybe Carolina,” written with Season 5 competitor Austin Jenckes. Pounds has proven that he is an artist with staying power and he just might be the secret weapon of Austin’s much-loved music scene.