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What are you listening to? (John Velghe)

John Velghe


John Velghe, singer/songwriter for John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons, recently embarked on an East Coast tour that included stops in New York City, Asbury Park, N.J., and Washington, D.C. From the road, he offers up 10 songs that have garnered his attention along the way.

“Destroy Me” by Tommy Stinson

“This a duet with his wife. I think their harmonies and the melody are beautiful. I’ve also been a fan of Rich Fortis’ guitar-playing for decades.”

“Girls in their Summer Clothes” by Bruce Springsteen

“We’re playing Asbury Park on this tour, so I’ve been listening to a lot of Springsteen lately. This song just fits this summer.”

“Sally Was a Cop” by Alejandro Escovedo

“I’ve been listening to this record since they laid down the demos last fall. I’m blown away by how this song has progressed now that it’s been released.”

“Throwaway Style” by Exploding Hearts

“An old song, but the energy is perfect. I like its urgency.”

“Good Times” by Sam Cooke

“I love Sam Cooke’s voice, but this is another song that’s just right for this gritty summer road trip to the East Coast.”

T.V. Eye” by the Stooges

“We’re playing New York on this trip, and this song really made me understand that city, and vice versa.”

“Canyon” by Richard Buckner

“Came up on shuffle along the way to Chicago yesterday. It’s brilliant.”

“Tower Song” by Townes Van Zandt

“This tour has been more of a batch of troubadour-type shows, so I’ve been paying a lot of attention to Townes.”

“She’s Like Heroin to Me” by the Gun Club

“Been thinking about covering this one with the Prodigal Sons as part of our Bindle Song covers.”

“Little Girl in Bloom” by Thin Lizzy

“Came up on the drive. I love Phil Lynott’s phrasing.”


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