The Fix List - Jillette Johnson
Finally, Britain gets its hands on acclaimed American singer-songwriter and pianist Jillette Johnson’s sophomore album All I Ever See in You is Me, released 1st September on Rounder Records. The New Yorker’s album is produced by Nashville heavyweight Dave Cobb, and recorded at RCA’s famous Studio A, the historic space where Dolly Parton blessed the world with ‘I Will Always Love You’.
Jillette’s generously taken time to share some of her favourites below, including another contemporary famous for his piano work, Nils Frahm. Someone she’s not alone in obsessively adoring (cough)!
Bill Withers - Can We Pretend
I recently listened to this song about 12 times in a row, driving through Alabama, into the Florida Pan-handle. I love the chord changes, and the almost over the top guitar lines. It's sounds like a thick summer day in the south.
Mimi and Richard Farina - Hard Lovin' Loser
My mom introduced me to this record. She grew up in Claremont, California, surrounded by folk music, and these guys used to play in the music store that she worked in when she was 17, "The Folk Music Center," which was founded and run by Ben Harper's grandparents.
Aretha Franklin - Day Dreaming
This song has been stuck in my head for a decade. I sing it almost every day. And now, it's my alarm clock.
Glen Campbell - Quits
I cry every time I put this song on. His delivery, the cleverness in the lyric, the sincerity in the sadness of it. Even if I'm not going through a breakup, I feel like I am.
Margaret Glaspy - Somebody to Anybody
OK, just so everyone doesn't think I'm stuck under a rock in the 70s, I love this song, and I think she's awesome. I relate to the sentiment, and I'm addicted to that last little guitar melody at the end of the chorus.
The Zombies - Brief Candles
The producer of my most recent record, Dave Cobb, kicked me deep into a Zombies phase. Better late than never.
Nils Frahm - Sol
I'm an obsessive fan. This is where I go when I feel overwhelmed, anxious, or just need to remember to breath. If you're reading this Nils, I adore you and thank you!
Randy Newman - Marie
Randy Newman has a place on every playlist I make, from now until the end of playlisting time. I have at least 15 favorite songs of his, but this one is in my top five. One of the most beautiful songs ever written, no contest.
Ryan Adams - Kim
I've been a fan since I was a kid, but this record took a while to grow on me. Now I can't stop listening to it, and this song takes me out of my body.
Janis Ian - At Seventeen
To cap off this eclectic mix of songs (which is a lot like how it sounds in my brain), this a tune that makes me remember that no matter how old and put together we become, there will always be a part of us that is a vulnerable, pimple chinned 17 year old who’s full of longing.
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