Playlist: Billy Bob Thornton of The Boxmasters
Tue, 21 Apr 2009 10:29:46
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The Boxmasters know how to rock. However, they do it with some serious country soul thrown in the sonic crock-pot for good measure. Blending the best and brightest elements of The Animals, The Stones, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, The Boxmasters forge their own brand of infectious and countrified outlaw rock on their latest opus, MODBILLY.
In order to bring us closer to the music, Boxmasters main man, Billy Bob Thornton (W.R. "Bud" Thornton), shared his playlist with ARTISTdirect.com in this exclusive feature.
Check out what Thornton is spinning below and pick up MODBILLY, out now!
W.R. "Bud" Thornton's Playlist:
1. The Beatles — "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
2. Kris Kristofferson — "Sunday Mornin' Coming Down"
"This is quite possibly, in my opinion, the best written song ever in history because it takes you right to the place. You see it, you smell it and you feel it. Kris is the best songwriter I ever knew anything about. It's a classic song. Johnny Cash's version of it is amazing, but I love to hear Kristofferson do it."
3. Kris Kristofferson — "The Pilgrim Chapter 33"
"It's kind of crappy that I have to do this, but I have to list two Kristofferson songs. In the beginning of this song, it not only mentions a lot of the people that I know and love, but it also talks about the life of all these guys that Kris knew. It's just about that guy—the artist on that search for happiness or whatever it is and all the trials and tribulations of coming up and going down."
4. John Prine — "Hello In There"
"This is probably the most melancholy song I've ever heard. John told me once it was the first song he wrote and that he just put all the guitar chords that he knew together and wrote a song. This really makes you angry when you’re a songwriter; it makes you want to quit. It’s a song about old people and nobody writes about old people. If you’ve never heard it, it’s a must. Again, he's one of the greatest songwriters that ever lived. Once you get into talking about Prine, Kristofferson and all these people, you have to start talking about Warren Zevon and Robbie Robertson and one million other people. Unfortunately, the list is not long enough to include everyone."
5. Webb Pierce — "Sparkling Brown Eyes"
6. The Allman Brothers — "Melissa"
"This song is so lonely and beautiful, and the chord progression is so pretty. I’m a big Allman Brothers fan. I could just pick everything they ever did, but “Melissa” is just a beautiful song, and I love to hear Gregg do it acoustic when they play live."
7. Johnny Cash — "Ring of Fire"
"I love Johnny Cash and even though he didn’t write this one, his wife did along with Merle Kilgore, I would have to say, 'I fell into a burning ring of fire' is just an amazing phrase. Just to hear him sing it, it’s just a classic song and I have no other description for it."
8. George Jones — "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
"This is maybe the saddest song in history. It has to be the biggest tear jerking country song ever. I’d like to hear it all stripped down without the strings to hear the production of it."
9. Elvis Presley — "King Creole"
"This is my favorite Elvis song. I just love the way the song moves and his voice is exactly Elvis in it. The movie, which he starred in, was actually a really legitimate movie. It was one of the ones where Elvis actually shined as an actor. My mom had the record when I was a kid, and I used to listen to 'King Creole' over and over. It was just rhythmically so amazing, and his voice is completely the guy we loved."
10. Del Reeves — "Girl On the Billboard"
"I don’t know how Del crams all those words in there! It's just hysterical. I’m a big Del Reeves fan. For anyone that hasn’t heard Del Reeves, go get his greatest hits, you’ll be very happy, especially with the way all his songs start."