So, yeah. I'm back. But only to fulfill this list request, which I couldn't pass up. Then it's back to radio silence. Initially I had wanted to keep it a really tight list. But there are literally countless artists I am inspired by and who's music I adore. Even with making some REALLY hard cuts, I still couldn't get it down to less than 50 🤷‍♂️
  1. Patti Smith
    Static
    Essential album: Horses
  2. Ella Fitzgerald
    Static
    Essential album: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
  3. Duke Ellington
    Static
    Essential album: Ellington Uptown
  4. Chuck Berry
    Static
    Essential album: Chuck Berry…Is On Top
  5. Tupac
    Static
    Essential album: All Eyez On Me
  6. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    Static
    Essential album: Deja Vu
  7. Thelonious Monk
    Static
    Essential album: Monk's Dream
  8. Joni Mitchell
    Static
    Essential album: Court & Spark
  9. Elvis Presley
    Static
    Essential album: Elvis Presley
  10. The Rolling Stones
    Static
    Essential album: Exile on Main St.
  11. Mitski
    Static
    Essential album: Puberty 2
  12. Punch Brothers
    Static
    Essential album: Who's Feeling Young Now?
  13. Arkells
    Static
    Essential album: Jackson Square
  14. A Tribe Called Quest
    Static
    Essential album: The Low End Theory
  15. Ray Charles
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    Essential album: Ray Charles
  16. Aretha Franklin
    Static
    Essential album: Young, Gifted and Black
  17. Marvin Gaye
    Static
    Essential album: What's Going On?
  18. Pink Floyd
    Static
    Essential album: The Dark Side of the Moon
  19. Creedence Clearwater Revival
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    Essential album: Cosmo's Factory
  20. Talking Heads
    Static
    Essential album: Speaking in Tongues
  21. Kendrick Lamar
    Static
    Essential album: To Pimp a Butterfly
  22. Frank Ocean
    Static
    Essential album: Blonde
  23. The Black Keys
    Static
    Essential album: Attack & Release
  24. The Who
    Static
    Essential album: Who's Next?
  25. Led Zeppelin
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    Essential album: Led Zeppelin
  26. Sam Cooke
    Static
    Essential album: Portrait of a Legend
  27. David Bowie
    Static
    Essential album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  28. The Beach Boys
    Static
    Essential albums: Pet Sounds
  29. Miles Davis
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    Essential album: Kind of Blue
  30. Van Morrison
    Static
    Essential album: Moondance
  31. Leonard Cohen
    Static
    Essential album: Songs from a Room
  32. Iron & Wine
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    Essential album: The Shepherd's Dog
  33. The Tallest Man On Earth
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    Essential album: There's No Leaving Now
  34. John Coltrane
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    Essential album: Blue Train
  35. Stevie Wonder
    Static
    Essential album: Innervisions
  36. John Mayer
    Static
    Essential album: Continuum
  37. Right Away, Great Captain! (Andy Hull)
    Static
    Essential album: The Bitter End
  38. Neil Young
    Static
    Essential album: After the Gold Rush
  39. Father John Misty
    Static
    Essential album: I Love You, Honeybear
  40. Steely Dan
    Static
    Essential album: Can't Buy a Thrill
  41. Simon & Garfunkel
    Static
    Essential album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
  42. Manchester Orchestra
    Static
    Essential album: Mean Everything to Nothing
  43. The Band
    Static
    Essential album: Music from Big Pink
  44. Jimi Hendrix
    Static
    Essential album: Bold as Love
  45. Sufjan Stevens
    Static
    Essential album: Illinois
  46. Bob Dylan
    Static
    Essential album: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
  47. The Avett Brothers
    Static
    Essential album: Emotionalism
  48. Elliott Smith
    Static
    Essential Album: Either/Or
  49. Bon Iver
    Static
    Essential album: For Emma, Forever Ago
  50. The Beatles
    Static
    Essential album: Abbey Road