Boom Box: Steve Horton of the Lonesome Coyotes

The Lonesome Coyotes are Knoxville honky-tonk survivors. The quintet started playing at Cumberland Avenue bars in the 1970s, took a few years off so its members could pursue grown-up activities, then got back together in 2002. They're headlining this week's installment of Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art, so singer Steve Horton runs down what he's been listening to in preparation.

HQ Band, Old School (Blind Guru)

Hector Qirko's vocals have never sounded so relaxed, comfortable. Sax player Dirk Weddington swings better than ever. The band that speaks with one voice has really refined and blended that voice. Takes 20 years to get a band that breathes together as well as HQ Band on this one.

Dayna Kurtz, Postcards From Downtown (Kismet Records, 2002)

Hearing Dayna Kurtz at the Blue Plate Special on Monday caused me to dig out her first studio album. Warm, powerful alto shines on "Love Gets in the Way."

Fats Waller and His Rhythm, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down: The Early Years, Part 2 (1935-36) (RCA, 1995)

Impossible to be in a bad mood listening to Fats Waller. "Spreadin' Rhythm Around," "Fat and Greasy," "Loafin' Time"—even the titles make you smile.

Tammy Wynette, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Epic)

Had an urge to hear the haunting harmony of "Apartment #9," one of Johnny Paycheck's best compositions.