I admit to being a fan of books. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of history and biography. Looking back on where we come from and where others do can reveal a lot about where we are now. I spent this past week with some classic songwriters and realized that, whether stated or not, much of the new indie music we showcase here has influences in music from the 1960s and 70s. So, that’s the focus this week. And yes, “Influentials” isn’t exactly a word you can look up. But like “Noticeables” last week, that’s not stopping us.
Reading the bios of some more prominent names in indie music we see artists of the past mentioned like Lou Reed, Fleetwood Mac and Hendrix. How does that influence play out? Often we don’t take the time or the interest to look into the songbooks of those who came before us to discover how that influence might actually play out, until now. In this introspective look at music from the past, we key in on select singer-songwriters, musical icons and prominent names to discover just how that influence took shape. This hour we’ll go beyond the hits and sample some tracks from the deeper songbooks of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Texas blues icon Bugs Henderson, Arlo Guthrie and much more.
This week’s playlist is available to those who seek it. Contact me if you’d like me to send you a playlist. Thanks.