I can't really rank these. They've all inspired me in different ways and they will continue to do so.
  1. John Mayer
    I'm not ranking these, but he's #1.
  2. The Beach Boys
    The first music that I really got into. I was 5 and had their greatest hits playing in my room.
  3. Jake Shimabukuro
  4. Jeff Buckley
    Pure jealousy of his vocal range drew me in to realizing what an incredible human being we lost.
  5. Jimi Hendrix
    Unprecedented creativity.
  6. Stevie Wonder
    "Overjoyed" at the sound of the soulful music this guy makes.
  7. Stevie Ray Vaughan
    First blues guy I ever got into. Unbelievable.
  8. James Taylor
    My Mom loved him and I've just come to realize why.
  9. Coldplay
    Minor 5s drew me in.
  10. Donny Hathaway
    I used to cover songs like they meant very little. Then I started listening to Donny Hathaway.
  11. Jason Mraz
    The most unique confidence in what he's doing. And he's crazy good.
  12. Marvin Gaye
    What's going on?
  13. Eric Clapton
  14. Mackey Feary
    Another guy I miss a lot. Kalapana made some of my favorite music and he was one of my favorite singers.
  15. Otis Redding
    So much soul.
  16. B.B. King
    How tasteful can you get?
  17. John Coltrane
    Got me into jazz. And he was pretty good at it.
  18. Justin Nozuka
    You I Wind Land And Sea is a perfect record.
  19. Bob Dylan
    I'll admit that I didn't get it right away, but man I'm I glad that I do now.
  20. Sam Cooke
    If I have a long drive to a gig, I'll listen to "Swing Low" all the way through and the gig always ends up going really well.