The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider

It’s so dope. I’m a big fan of The Byrds partially because I’m a huge fan of Gram Parsons. Gram Parsons just does it for me, he took country and made it psychedelic and I feel like his whole persona changed the whole way people view the desert and slide guitar. He was doing something no one else was doing and still no one else does. He wore this huge ass hat that didn’t come back until Pharrell wore it ironically, Gram Parsons was day one with that shit. He was the coolest. He was so prolific and so underappreciated, and he died at 26. I’m older than he was when he died and I haven’t done a fraction of what he’d accomplished. I’m a huge Byrds fan. Also, they worked with Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, they worked with some amazing people really early on. And that song 'Turn, Turn, Turn' is just lyrics taken from the Bible which is super badass. You just turned the Bible into a rock song? Fuck, man!


Roberta Flack - Blue Lights in the Basement

This is one of my favourites. She was so smooth, there’s no one smoother. Really, really, really slow days at home are just for Roberta Flack. It’s really nice to just slip into, it’s something you just drape over you like a blanket or something. She’s just amazing. I think this song, 'Feel Like Making Love' is one of my favourite songs of all time.


Tammy Wynette - Bedtime Story

I feel like in country there’s a lot of soft harmonic female groups that came up in the '40s and '50s and I guess that Tammy Wynette, when I first heard her, came out swinging. She has this voice, she can fucking wail. It was super strong. You know, country music and southern culture isn’t the most progressive and she was one of the first women to put the kibosh on that idea. She was like 'No, no, no, I’m going to rule this shit.' She would sing a lot with my main man George Jones and they had a long, contentious relationship. But songs like 'Love’s the Answer', 'Stand by Your Man' are just super, super powerful songs. She’s just a strong female presence in early country.


Fleetwood Mac - Mystery to Me

Fleetwood Mac is just super important to me. I think their songwriting is super intelligible. There are some people who work through songs as an exploration and really surprise you with where they go when you’re listening, someone like Grizzly Bear does that when you’re in one part and it will change and you’ll be in a completely different universe. Whereas Fleetwood Mac made songs that made so much sense, and I think that’s a lot of where their success was. And then there’s Stevie Nicks’ voice and it’s just like butter and like goddamn.

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