grew up appreciating whatever older brother listened to, for most part. enjoy so much now. sultry tones of nina simone, omara portuondo, madeleine peyroux, emmylou harris. cuban jams of ruben gonzalez, ibrahim ferrer. abigail washburn on banjo. elmore james' guitar. keith jarrett's piano. ani difranco! smoothness of oscar peterson. jay farrar. opera to blues, bluegrass to ramones & sex pistols & back to the blues - past-present, all about soul. warren zevon was brilliant, townes van zandt one of a kind. our texas roots!.. big mama thornton, lightnin hopkins, blind lemon jefferson, the brothers vaughan, arnett cob, janis joplin, lucinda williams, guy clark, alejandro escovedo, eric taylor, t-bone burnett, matt harlan, robert earl keen, shake russell, lyle lovett, slaid cleaves - so many greats.