Friday Five: Amelia White
At E145 HQ, we’ve been listening to a lot of Amelia White, a singer-songwriter whose deeply personal Americana songs have appeared on shows like Justified and drawn comparisons to the works of Lucinda Williams and Mary Gauthier. We asked Amelia about the five records that influenced her while making her new album, Old Postcard (out March 4), and she gladly shared her Friday Five as well as a couple sneak peeks at her own music.
Neil Young – After the Gold Rush
The punchy, crisp sound of the drums, the treatment of the harmonies, and the snarl of guitars all informed how I wanted Old Postcard to sound. And of course Neil Young is one of my top five favorite songwriters of all time; he’s been a huge influence.
Hank Williams — Ramblin’ Man
Hank’s entire discography really has been a blueprint for me in trying to create “three chords and the truth.” He’s such a master of pairing pain and heartbreak to pleasurable melodies that are irresistible. I spent about a year of my life before I moved to Nashville listening only to this genius.
Rob Morsberger – “The Man and the Birds” (from the album Part of You)
This song, and the late, great Rob himself have inspired me to be the greatest artist I can be regardless of any obstacles. I’m not sure anyone has ever captured the essence of the fight between an artist and his demons as exquisitely. Rob’s singing influenced my delivery.
Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball
This album made me realize that ambiance and roots could meet and make love. It has informed my last four albums, and certainly Old Postcard. I naturally have a dreamy quality to my writing, and like to bring that out in production, and after listening to Wrecking Ball, I felt I had permission to run with it.
Lucinda Williams- Car Wheels on Gravel Road
I get compared to Lucinda so much that’s it’s hard to list this, but I’m a huge fan of every aspect of her music. I think the big lesson from this album was the signature guitar lines and how important they are to the success of a song.
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