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. 1.
    Lyle Lovett's "Step Inside My House"
    A Guy Clark cover that was reportedly the first song Guy ever wrote."
  2. 2.
    "L.A. Freeway" - Guy Clark
    An original from the man himself.
  3. 3.
    "Snowing on Raton" by Townes VanZandt
    Townes deserves to land on everyone's desert island list. This one is one of my favorites.
  4. 4.
    "Goodbye" - Steve Earle
    A beautiful (and tragic) song coming in the early days of Earle's early 90's sobriety.
  5. 5.
    "Wrecking Ball" - Emmylou Harris
    The 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. 6.
    "Desert and Dust" - Bruce Springsteen
    Lemme hear you say "Bruuuuuuuuuce."
  7. 7.
    "I Hear Them All/This Land is Your Land" - Dave Rawlings Machine with Gillian Welch and Willie Watson
    From the live concert event celebrating the music of "Inside Llewelyn Davis." All roads lead to Woody Guthrie.
  8. 8.
    "Oh My Sweet Carolina" - Ryan Adams
    From Adams' Heartbreaker album. It's a dog that could have been written 50 years ago - or yesterday. Emmylou on backing vocals.
  9. 9.
    "Your Spell" - John Moreland
    An Okie songwriter of the finest cut. If you don't know his music, look it up.
  10. 10.
    "Live Oak" - Jason Isbell
    From Isbell's earth-shattering "Southeastern" album.
  11. 11.
    "Murder in the City" - The Avery Brothers
    These North Carolina-based brothers are outstanding songwriters and they put on a mighty fine live show, too.
  12. 12.
    "Song to Woody" - Bob Dylan
    Like 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.