After almost 20 years of recording songs on the acoustic guitar, folk singer Kate Campbell is returning to the instrument on which she was introduced to music: the piano. 1000 Pound Machine is a sparse and moody album, characterized by her subtle piano playing and Will Kimbrough’s elegant guitar. The album features guest spots from legends like Spooner Oldham, Emmylou Harris, and Sloan Wainwright — it is on Rdio now for your listening pleasure.
The Allman Brothers Band - “Midnight Rider”
I think “Midnight Rider” is a haunting song. I listen to it at least once a day when I'm on the road and even have it as a ring tone.
Will Kimbrough - “Interstate”
Will Kimbrough is the producer of my new album and “Interstate” is another one of those life on the road songs I'm so partial to.
Jimmy Webb - “Galveston”
I don't know if I need to say anything about “Galveston” and Jimmy Webb but the song usually makes me cry and I don't know why.
The Rolling Stones - “Moonlight Mile”
I am currently re-listening to all of the Rolling Stones albums and working on collecting all of their re-releases.
Dolly Parton - “Down From Dover”
Emmylou Harris - “If You Were A Bluebird”
Shirley Horn - “If You Go Away”
Like most of the tunes on my playlist, I always carry with me a CD by Dolly, Emmylou and Shirley Horn. These three tunes always stay at the top of my list. Dolly wrote “Down From Dover” and Emmylou and Shirley's interpretations of “If You Were A Bluebird” and “If You Go Away” are near perfect.
Marc Ribot - “Sous Le Ciel De Paris”
I like so much of Marc Ribot's work, and “Sous Le Ciel De Paris” is what I call a landscape tune.
Glenn Gould - The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981): A State Of Wonder
I always carry some classical music on the road. In honor of my new piano CD, I'm listening to Glenn Gould's brilliant A State of Wonder. This is a set of Bach's Goldberg Variations containing Gould's 1955 recording and the later 1981 interpretation. Really almost beyond words.