here is a "mix-tape" that i had been sort-of-conceiving for some time before i actually made it. i would say i made it mainly to pump myself up. and then my bandmates, extended bandmates, producer, etc… but also to get all my friends that were involved (at least subliminally) on my wave-length when i needed it most...
by the time the violators and i got back from a 7 week euro/uk tour, sometime in the summer of 2012, it was time to get back into the studio and the bulk of the "wakin" album done. we had already recorded a good chunk of the almost-title-track "wakin on a pretty day" before we left, and a few other songs. (another one called "feel my pain," a stripped-down, ominous folk number, exceptionally meticulous in it's finger-picked arrangement, has since become a favorite of mine for all it’s rawness... hear it soon on the new ep!)
i remember the night before driving up to woodstock to start recording again and laughing to myself that it was so important i get the right sequence down on this ultimate vinyl-mix (and cd... and cassette!) when i probably had plenty of fine-tuning needed on my own songs, but hey...
i would jam alot of these mix-tape tunes on the road over n over all the time. from a discman (not kidding) into this miniature battery-powered vox amp that john agnello gave me as a christmas present. usually in hotel rooms in the wee hrs, post-gig...
i remember playing "a quick thing" by rowland howard and nikki sudden in many-a-south-american-hotel-room (over and over) for instance, and getting so deep into it, positively spaced out. cuz that song's as real as it gets, mind you! (ps i love nikki sudden but it's all about the rowland howard here as is per uzsch with mr. howard)
i don't want to dissect all my favorite music for everyone. but i sent this mix to my friends involved in my record for the purpose of loose/good vibes. and then i sent it to some other friends and loved ones. some of whom complimented it, and of course i was flattered cuz i did work hard on it like a total dork, hah... i didn't just throw it together.
i don't wanna say all this stuff influenced my record in any obvious way.
but subliminally? most def.
cuz that's life. always influenced by your surroundings.
some top faves (besides "a quick thing") :
bill fay "warwick town"
the byrds "truckstop girl"
flamin groovies "whiskey woman"
"...and all of the rest."