As the official voice of Radio Bonnaroo, Katie Cauthen can be heard daily on the festival’s website, streaming live performances, interviews, and music from Bonnaroo performers past and present. In preparation for the festival, scheduled for June 9-12 in Manchester, Tenn., Cauthen fills us in on what she’s been listening to lately.
Paranoid Cocoon (Suicide Squeeze, 2009)
If I was ever able to narrow down the top 10 records I’ve come across in my life so far, this would probably be somewhere on that list. It’s a combination of psychedelic classic rock and indie folk that makes the perfect soundtrack almost anytime of the year.
Speak Now (Big Machine Records, 2010)
It’s true, it seems I, too, have fallen for Taylor Swift. Listen to this record five times and then tell me you haven’t, either. And then, together, we can try to find some tickets to go see her play Thompson-Boling Arena in July.
Middle Brother (Partisan Records, 2011)
This is a triple-threat band for me—three guys from three bands I love in a sort of Americana supergroup. John McCauley of Deer Tick, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes all came together for this, and they even threw Jonny Corndawg on the record, too. Plus, they cover Paul Westerberg’s “Portland.”
Heretofore (Hometapes, 2010)
This is an EP—or, as the band calls it, a “mini-album”—from last year, and I have fallen in love with them ever since I discovered it. They’re a trio from North Carolina, and their records contain everything from catchy indie roots tunes to more experimental folk music. One song on this record sounds like CCR’s “Born on the Bayou” reincarnated, and I’m okay with that.