1. “Acorn Tree”—Lyle Brewer
I love Lyle’s style. The melodies are so beautiful in this song; it makes me feel like it’s autumn in the woods.
2. “While I’m Waiting Here”—Billy Strings
Witnessing Billy come into his own as a writer has been such a pleasure. He’s one of the best flatpickers I’ve heard! He’s about as honest as music gets.
3. “Via Chicago”—Wilco (from Kicking Television: Live in Chicago)
I love the chaos that happens while simultaneously staying together; it’s absolutely masterful to me. It’s a raw, emotional tune that’s so musically unique.
4. “America Religious”—Caroline Rose
This song came out of nowhere for me. I love the way it drives along with incredible lyrics — true poetry. When I first heard it I wasn’t familiar with her music, but this song is just that good. I had to listen to it over and over!
5. “Tennessee Jed”—The Grateful Dead (from Europe ’72)
I wouldn’t be here if I’d never listened to the Grateful Dead. They were and are timeless and an important part of the fabric of American music.