Neko Case (born September 8, 1970 in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American alternative country singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of The New Pornographers. Case recorded and toured for several years as Neko Case & Her Boyfriends before switching to just her name. She primarily performs her own material, but also performs and has recorded cover versions of songs by artists such as Loretta Lynn, Tom Waits, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Hank Williams. She frequently infuses humorous narratives into her live sets. She is protective of her artistic independence, combining punk's do it yourself ethic, a strong business sense, and clear opinions about her artistic goals. She has spurned offers from major record labels because they don't offer her enough control of her music, remaining affiliated with Mint Records in Canada and Bloodshot and ANTI- in the United States.