Erykah Badu - Baduizm

Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade WestEffortless and soulful, Badu's iconic first album highlights her unmatched vocals and clever songwriting. The freedom of her voice is endlessly liberating and the spiritual essence of her artistry continues to inspire me.

Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress

Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade WestThis album is a Hartman family classic! Already avid Belle & Sebastian fans before its release, this record delivered a new level of polished arrangements and indie-dance tracks. Tender and twee, 'If You Find Yourself Caught in Love' remains one of my favourite songs ever and since we are lifelong Mets fans, we also got a huge kick out of 'Piazza, New York Catcher'!

The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade WestAt 12 years old, this album absolutely decimated me and even now, it still remains in my pantheon of favorite records. Seriously, my life changed when I saw Jack and Meg on the cover of Mojo magazine, and I've been obsessed with these songs ever since. Raw, humorous, sensitive, curt and loud - all qualities I aspire to incorporate into my own music.

Woody Guthrie - Dust Bowl Ballads Sung By

Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade WestConsidered the very first "concept album," this song collection by folk-hero Woody Guthrie tells incredible stories from a distinctly American era of economic hardship. Sung in his high lonesome tenor, Woody's brutally honest lyrics paint a grim picture of the injustices of the Great Depression and yet these songs of social activism feel eerily relevant today.

Odetta - Odetta Sings

Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade WestI was so happy to discover an LP by my name-sake Odetta in the stacks of Rough Trade West! Recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, with Carole King on piano, this album presents a deviation from Odetta's quintessential catalogue, as it is almost entirely covers of popular songs by Mick Jagger, James Taylor, Randy Newman and other big rockers of the day. Check out her original 'Hit or Miss' then dive straight into her complete body of work for more soul / folk gems.

Odetta Hartman's new album, Old Rockhounds Never Die, is out now via Memphis Industries. Listen to 'Misery' below. As always, a huge thank you to Rough Trade for their hospitality.

Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West
Odetta in-store @ Rough Trade West