Music is involved with almost every aspect of our lives. A lot of times it’s in the background and we do not really even pay attention to its presence until a song we love comes on. Then we listen and some people (who are more daring than I am) sing out loud with the song. We all have music that moves us and that means something to us. Maybe it reminds us of a certain time in our lives or of somebody special. As I spent time thinking about the impact music has had on my life, I began to wonder which albums would I put in my top ten list. I’m an album guy, I can’t listen to the radio. It was really hard to come up with a list. Then I asked myself, “What albums are always on my phone?” I guess these would be my go-to albums–the ones I can listen to anytime, anywhere. So, after I put together my list, I asked others here at Teton Guitars what albums are always on your phone/ipod/6-disc CD changer/vinyl shelf, etc.
First is the list I came up with and following will be other people here at Teton Guitars with their lists.
Jenn: I just want it noted that this was near impossible for me to narrow down to 10. My list started with 22 albums and even that was difficult!
Teton Artist; Ben Truman of Truman Brothers:
Teton Artist; Chad Truman of Truman Brothers:
Teton Artist; Hope Leigh:
Teton Artist; Edward Hernandez:
Teton Artist; Kenny Lee Young:
1.) I fell in love with The Bright Light Social Hour from Austin, TX. One of the bands I was in had the pleasure of opening up for them the first time they came through Colorado about 5 years ago. Every single one of their tracks on their self-titled album is a showcase of their energy and talent. They have this sweet take on southern blues rock with a psychedelic twist that is in your face and groovy.
2.) I’m still a sucker for Jeff Buckley’s song “Lover You Should’ve Come Over”. My sister introduced me to him and his Chicago blues style when I was a senior in high school. The build-up throughout the song and lyrics are painfully heavenly. Every time I hear this tune I feel like I have to belt out these falsetto vocal lines he does towards the end. It also contains one of my favorite lines in the second bridge – “It’s never over, All my blood for the sweetness of her laughter. It’s never over, She is the tear that hangs inside my soul forever”.
3.) Pearl Jam’s album 10 is an ace in the pocket to me. Jeff Ament and Stone’s guitar licks and riffs give this “Even Flow” throughout all the tunes exposing these lightning-fast picking phrases and also catchy laid-back melodies at the same time. And, of course…they have one of my all time favorite singers. You might already know his name.
4.) Young Blood Brass Band has this stunning, funky jam called “Brooklyn“. It immediately puts me in a great mood every time I hear it. With this type of power group behind their instruments, there is no need for lyrics. If you decide to listen to it, you should watch the live footage of them playing this piece at High Noon Saloon or at the 2005 Big Chill Festival. You will not be disappointed….uhhh, so good!
5.) I wish I could express my affinity for the Avett Brothers eloquently, but all I can say is that they are life changing to me. All of their albums front to back are candy for the ears. The songwriting is therapy and the music is a hot home-cooked meal. My fiancé and I decided to take a trip a few years back with no destination mapped out. The goal was just to drive for a few days, and that’s when we discovered their album I and Love and You. This easily became the soundtrack for our trip and those memories are forever inscribed in my heart.