Friday Five: Rachel Brooke

Juli Thanki | April 26th, 2013

We heard so many different influences on Rachel Brooke’s newest album, A Killer’s Dream, that, during our interview with the singer-songwriter, we couldn’t help but ask her to make a mini-playlist of the music she listened to the most while writing and recording the album.

5. Howlin’ Wolf, “Back Door Man”

“Going into recording A Killer’s Dream, I knew that I wanted a fuller sound. I’d listen to Howlin’ Wolf and go, ‘That’s what I want.’ He had a lot to do with the way the record turned out.”

 

4. Jimmie Rodgers, “I’m Lonely and Blue”

“I grew up listening to mostly bluegrass and old country. In high school, I played in a punk band, but when I was about 18 or 19, I drifted back to bluegrass and country music. Jimmie Rodgers is one of my favorites.”

 

3. The Cookies, “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q0T7zWDqlE

 

2. Fats Domino, “Every Night About This Time”

“This is my favorite Fats Domino song. It’s usually one of the first songs I play at a show because it’s a good warm up for me and the band. It sets the mood and is also in the perfect key for my voice, so we put it on the record.”

 

1. Bessie Smith, “I’m Down in the Dumps”

“I had been listening to a lot of blues and jazz when I worked on A Killer’s Dream. There was a lot of Bessie Smith in there, but this is the one I listened to most.”

Tagged In This Article

// // // // //

Current Discussion

  • A.B.: I think I understand why the eating disorder facility wants to be located there besides it being the former Cash …
  • Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
  • Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
  • bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
  • Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
  • Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
  • Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
  • Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
  • Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
  • Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.

Recently Reviewed Albums

  • kelleymickwee
  • sandrarhodes
  • candi staton
  • sturgillsimpsonmetamodern
  • raypricebeautyis
  • rodneycrowelltarpapersky
  • rhondavincentonlyme
  • mandybgibson