Our September/October “On My Deathbed” Winner Explains His Picks

September/October “On My Deathbed” winner Brad Grossen reveals his prize picks.  From Tom Waits to Tom Petty, read Brad’s blog post below on the picks that helped him win the HD-28E Retro Martin guitar.  And enter the next “On My Deathbed” contest for your chance to win a HD Dierks Bentley Martin Guitar.

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Ram – Paul & Linda McCartney

Paul is my favorite Beatle, though I’m a big fan of John and George as well.  This album never fails to put me in a good mood and is in constant rotation in my house.  “Back Seat of My Car” is my idea of a perfect pop song.

Mule Variations
– Tom Waits

Tom Waits was the first musician to make me realize that there really are no rules in music. He led me to other artists like Captain Beefheart and Howlin’ Wolf.

Muswell Hillbillies
– The Kinks

This is such a silly, great album. The songs are a great blend of American roots music played in a very English pop way. I love Ray Davies’ sense of humor in his writing.

The Live Anthology
– Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Maybe it’s cheating to include a 4-disc live anthology, but I had to. There are so many great songs on here it’s ridiculous. Their covers of the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” are especially cool.

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
– Black Crowes

My favorite band to see live, so hopefully they’ll get back together again in the future. As a guitarist, this album is very inspirational to me. The tones on here are amazing and the interplay between Rich Robinson and Marc Ford is incredible. And Chris Robinson sings his ass off on every song.

Exile on Main St. – Rolling Stones

It’s an obvious choice, but I never get tired of listening to it. Mick was writing such great lyrics back then, which is something I think a lot of people tend to overlook when they talk about the Stones.

The White Album– The Beatles

The acoustic songs are what make this my favorite Beatles album. It’s much more scattered and messy than their other albums, which makes it sound more homey to me. That said, I would still skip “Revolution #9”, even on my deathbed.

Astral Weeks – Van Morrison

What can I say about this album without sounding like a dork? It’s perfect. Everyone should own it.

Rock of Ages
– The Band

If I could choose to see any band live in their prime, I would want to see the Band. They were such great musicians and they all had so much style in their playing. They were incredibly unique and made such a great sound together.

On The Beach Neil Young

Neil Young is my favorite musician. What I love about “On the Beach” is the mood Neil creates, which is hard to describe. It’s down and dark, but it doesn’t bring me down. It tends to have the opposite effect, and I wish “Ambulance Blues” would go on forever.

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