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What I’m currently listening to on the local front is Tom Thiel’s new album “Old Shadows.” You can get a sample here https://www.tomthielmusic.com
“On my turntable right now is “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel albums. I also was just listening to Warren Zevon’s "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School” for quite awhile. Warren Zevon is one of my favorite songwriters, and in my opinion very underrated. He gets a bad rap for “Werewolves of London,” but he has so many great songs.
“On my phone right now is Sufjan Stevens “Illinoise.” (https://youtu.be/c_-cUdmdWgU) And I have a Colin Hay playlist that I turn to often. I usually listen to a lot of playlists that I’ve made for the moods that I’m in.
"To me there are no better current songwriters than Ryan Adams, and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), so they get the heaviest rotation with me. These two guys just have a way of writing very descriptive lyrics that can really transport you to different places. Dawes’ “We’re All Gonna Die” and “All Your Favorite Bands” (https://youtu.be/I74C2hClAsA) are albums I listen to pretty regularly, and for Ryan Adams’, “Ashes & Fire,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Gold” probably get the most plays. https://youtu.be/-tL4DdYzcxg
“Growing up I was listening to a lot of my dad’s favorites, and these have stuck with me through the years: Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and CSNY. “Helplessly Hoping” is a song that I can listen to limitlessly.
“When it’s time for bed (I sleep with headphones on) I turn to the classics. I absolutely love the soundtrack to the 1931 “Dracula” (Philip Glass: Dracula https://youtu.be/oXoKbnfvftw). Nothing beats a good haunting string quartet. I also love to listen to Bernard Herrmann’s works composed for Alfred Hitchcock films, such as “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest,” and “Psycho.”
Learn more about Kurt in this article from Fox Cities Magazine http://foxcitiesmagazine.com/2017/12/fox-cities-amplified-kurt-gunn/ Sample his music and see where he’s performing at http://kurtgunn.com
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