From time to time, we ask local musicians for their Top 5 absolute desert-island discs, the records that made them the musicians they are today. This week: Sergio Trevino, the fabulous front man of Americana veterans Buxton.
GILLIAN WELCH, Time the Revelator
This is probably the easiest decision (possibly making it the "best of the best"). This album has an undefinable beauty, something beyond chords and tempos that makes it so special. Just a calm and sad, mysterious record.
THE BEATLES, The Beatles ("The White Album")
I was hesitant to put this on the list 'cause it's such a widely respected album, and...it's the Beatles. Of course it's gonna be influential, but this record was a huge influence on me. Being in high school and seeing my friend's dad playing "Rocky Raccoon" and "Blackbird" on guitar really blew my mind.
When someone tells me they don't like the Beatles, my typical response is, "You don't like 'Helter Skelter'?!"
WILCO, Being There
Around 2000, I remember buying this record at Best Buy. I mostly bought it 'cause it had a five-star rating review sticker attached to it. I remember taking it home, listening to it, and thinking "what a weird-sounding record."
It was slow and twangy and reverby, and much different than anything I'd heard. I didn't really connect to it, but I had that five-star rating looming over my head, and I was determined to understand it. I'm glad I did. It's a great record.
MICHAEL HURLEY, First Songs/Armchair Boogie
OK, So I'm combining Michael Hurley's first two records together, because they both would fit on a burnt CD. Armchair Boogie I'd say is the better record, 'cause it captures the whole scope of Hurley's abilities, but First Songs was my introduction.
Since I heard his music, I was so confused how he was not a household name. As strong a writer and as prolific as Dylan and Young, just a little weirder and more whimsical, he's maybe my favorite songwriter ever.
I tell you what: I'll put the following records in a box and let you blindly pick one for me to take on a desert island. Band on the Run by Paul McCartney, Broken Social Scene and Velvet Underground's self titled albums, Joanna Newsom's Ys, or Lifted by Bright Eyes.
Author's note: I chose Lifted.
Buxton plays Saturday, April 18 at the Summit with Caddywhompus, Native America and Deep Cuts.
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