A reader in Nashville, Holly, runs through a handful of picks:
I usually listen to something I’m going to be reviewing, or interviewing about. But when it rains, I listen to Rickie Lee Jones’ Pirates or Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain [full album on YouTube, and its first track is embedded above]. When it needs to go into overdrive, any version—Waylon Jennings’, Emmylou Harris’, Foghat’s—of Rodney Crowell’s “I Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This,” or the very first Prince album. And when my soul’s on the line, Valerie Carter’s A Stone’s Throw Away: churchy, soulful, undulating and forlorn in phases.