12 Songs for the Desert Island
I sat down with my friends at WUSM today and shared my "Desert Island Dozen." Twelve songs. (In no particular order):
- 1.Lyle Lovett's "Step Inside My House"A Guy Clark cover that was reportedly the first song Guy ever wrote."
- 2."L.A. Freeway" - Guy ClarkAn original from the man himself.
- 3."Snowing on Raton" by Townes VanZandtTownes deserves to land on everyone's desert island list. This one is one of my favorites.
- 4."Goodbye" - Steve EarleA beautiful (and tragic) song coming in the early days of Earle's early 90's sobriety.
- 5."Wrecking Ball" - Emmylou HarrisThe title track of Emmylou's Daniel Lanois-produced masterpiece of the same name. A cover song written and originally recorded by Neil Young, who sang harmonies with Emmylou on this track.
- 6."Desert and Dust" - Bruce SpringsteenLemme hear you say "Bruuuuuuuuuce."
- 7."I Hear Them All/This Land is Your Land" - Dave Rawlings Machine with Gillian Welch and Willie WatsonFrom the live concert event celebrating the music of "Inside Llewelyn Davis." All roads lead to Woody Guthrie.
- 8."Oh My Sweet Carolina" - Ryan AdamsFrom Adams' Heartbreaker album. It's a dog that could have been written 50 years ago - or yesterday. Emmylou on backing vocals.
- 9."Your Spell" - John MorelandAn Okie songwriter of the finest cut. If you don't know his music, look it up.
- 10."Live Oak" - Jason IsbellFrom Isbell's earth-shattering "Southeastern" album.
- 11."Murder in the City" - The Avery BrothersThese North Carolina-based brothers are outstanding songwriters and they put on a mighty fine live show, too.
- 12."Song to Woody" - Bob DylanLike I said, in my book all roads lead to Woody Guthrie. Dylan was his disciple. And I can't think of a more fitting way to wrap up my list than with a tribute from Dylan himself.