Former My Morning Jacket Guitarist Johnny Quaid Digs Isaac Hayes, Waylong Jennings

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A former member of My Morning Jacket hasn’t just been living quietly in Knoxville for the last two years—he’s put together a new band, which is making its local debut this week, and released an album. Johnny Quaid, who played in MMJ from 1998 through the end of 2003, is cagey about just what brought him here—“Knoxville kind of picked me, it’s actually very top secret,” he writes in an e-mail—but you can find out about his new band, the Ravenna Colt, at the Square Room on Thursday, when they open for Roman Candle.

Isaac Hayes

Hot Buttered Soul (Enterprise, 1969)

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” runs over 18 minutes and puts the listener in a trance-like state leading up the climax of horns, soul, and bliss. I would include this album in the music-to-hear-before-you-die list.

Waylon Jennings

The Essential Waylon Jennings (Legacy Recordings, 2007)

They sure don’t make ’em like Waylon anymore. In his 40-year music career he was a radio disc jockey, played bass with Buddy Holly, wrote the theme song for and narrated The Dukes of Hazzard, was a member of the legendary Highwaymen, not to mention creating a country music revolution: outlaw country. I can’t believe such greatness was once mainstream, compared to the thoughtless pop music that is disguised, with a fiddle or pedal steel, as today’s country music.

Thin Lizzy

Jailbreak (Mercury, 1976)

When we are this close to St. Paddy’s Day, it should be mandatory that you get out the Irish classics. Irish classic rock, that is, and Thin Lizzy is the sound of Irish classic rock! I never get tired of hearing those dueling guitar lines and Phil Lynott’s soulful bass lines and vocal delivery. Even beyond St. Paddy’s Day, this album is a must for any road trip!

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