1. “For the Good Times,” Ray Price, 1970
This might be the saddest song of all time. It really breaks my heart.
2. “Broken Things,” Julie Miller, 1999
I had a guitar teacher who introduced me to Miller. This song is one of the firsts that made me fall in love with songwriting.
3. “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man,” Loretta Lynn, 1966
What a total sass-bucket she is! And smart, too! Loretta is a massive influence. This song has always made me laugh.
4. “Heart of Gold,” Neil Young, 1972
My dad played Neil around the house a lot. This inspired me to pick up the harmonica.
5. “Mr. Blue Sky,” ELO, 1977
This song was so ahead of its time. I used to listen to it on repeat. It’s just otherworldly.
6. “Gentle on My Mind,” Glen Campbell, 1967
Glen has played a huge part in inspiring my music. I think he was ahead of his time, too. The melodies, the instrumentation and the wonderfully classic writing – country at its best.