Ryan Kinder, "Leap of Faith"
More influenced by the primal punch of 1960s rock & roll than the twang of country, "Leap of Faith" kicks off Kinder's year with brawny bang. He pulls double duty as the song's soul singer and lead instrumentalist, backing himself up with blasts of raw, amplified blues. If the Black Keys ever decide to record outside material, this song could be a first cousin to "Lonely Boy." R.C.