It’s no surprise that someone like Will Hoge, whose music blends R&B sounds with heartland rock, would love the genre-busting “Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music”, Ray Charles’ 1962 album that saw him cover country classics by Hank Williams, The Everly Brothers and more.
Will and I discuss how he stumbled upon the album as a kid, what it meant for Charles to release it at the height of the civil rights era, the good and bad ways country and R&B have been mashed up over the years, seeing Ray Charles live in Nashville, why Usher should make a country record and how Charles influenced Will’s song “This Time Around”.
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My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.
Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.
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