Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (Rhino)
I had just graduated and was living in Memphis with my sister Priscilla when we got hold of this album.
We played it constantly for a year.
I know every word, every note. I loved her voice and her interpretation.
Ry Cooder: Paradise And Lunch (Warner)
An amazing guitar player but he is also a bibliographer of a lot of American songs that would otherwise have been lost.
He has done a great service to the music industry.
And he is also a nice man. I loved this selection and the simple production.
Eagles: Hotel California (Rhino)
I was in living in West Hollywood when this came out and everybody I knew had it.
It paints a picture of a decade, the 1970s.
I don’t think anybody writes better story songs than Don Henley and Glenn Frey did.
Bonnie Raitt: Nick Of Time (EMI)
I’ve known Bonnie since she was struggling and I had my first hit record.
I did a music festival with her and knew that she was about to explode because she was so good.
She is like an old black man in a little red-headed white girl body – the way she interprets songs and plays slide guitar.
She never cared about being a star, she was happy just playing music and hanging out with the guys.
Keb’ Mo’: The Door (Sony)
I wore this out and have since collected everything he has done.
I wrote two songs with him for my new record and they’re my favourite things on it.
He’s such a positive human being and his songs reflect that.
The Bros. Landreth: Let It Lie (Slate Creek)
I have listened to this probably 500 times.
I heard it on the radio and immediately ordered it.
They’re a Canadian band who write songs with great harmonies.
Joey Landreth has reinvented slide guitar and sings like an angel. I got him for my record and it was an amazing three days of recording.