Given the current quarantine situation, it seemed like the right time to ask the question “if you were marooned alone on a desert island, what music would you take with you?”  … Of course, if we were marooned on a dessert island, the answers would be totally different.

Here’s what we got from our board members and writers. What would your choices be?

Jeff Griffin

Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East
Yes – Yessongs
Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus
Jethro Tull – Live Bursting Out
Santana – Sacred Fire Live in South America
Gov’t Mule – Live with a Little Help from Our Friends
Derek Trucks Band – Songlines Live
BB King – How Blue Can You Get? Classic Live Performances 1964 to 1994
Rory Gallagher – Rory Gallgher 1971
Guess Who – Live at the Paramount
Jimi Hendrix – The Ultimate Experience
Bob Marley – Legend (The Best of…)

Doobie Brothers – What Were Once Vices are Now Habits

***Way too many others to list across all genres – but there is my bakers dozen of what I grew up with that shaped my formative listening years.

Michael Miskuly

I don’t think it’s the same, but for me it’s “what if you were stuck in your man cave, but had enough cigars?”

For today it is as follows:

Vivaldi – Four Seasons – just for piece of mind
The Rutles – because I could use a laugh
Sonny and Cher – because this has become groundhog day
Gonna look online or youtube for some real old 78 speed country that I’ve never heard before

Later tonight:
The Who at Kilburn 1977  DVD


Greg Hennessey

Elvis: How Great Thou Art (to keep grounded – and Elvis’ best)
Stray Cats: Built for Speed (for some high energy rockabilly)
Brian Setzer Orchestra: Vavoom (for some rocking big band)
Al Hirt • Ann-Margret – Beauty and the Beard (for some nice easy listening)
This Is It – greater buffalo’s greatest 1977-1984 (great local bands – purchased from the SAMF store)

Oh, and …

Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong – Foreverly (folk/Americana with two great musicians)
The Time Jumpers (Western swing and real country music from Nashville’s finest)
There are of course so many local musicians I’d like to bring if the island was big enough. Oh, and I’d bring a crap ton of D batteries to keep the CD player going.


Collette Schoellkopf

Little feat: Waiting for Columbus
Band: Music from big pink
Al Green: Take Me to the river
Aretha: Aretha sings the blues
Bonnie Raitt: Give It Up
Eagles: Greatest Hits Vol 1
Van Morrison: Moondance
Michael McDonald: Motown
Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Jackson Browne: The Pretender
Willie Schoellkopf: live & taking requests!


Mark Panfil

Flatt and Scruggs: Live at Carnegie Hall
Jerry Douglas:  Everything’s gonna turn out fine
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
The Bluegrass Album(s) by Tony Rice and friends
Bill Monroe: Bean Blossom
The Steeldrivers 2008 the Steeldrivers
Old and in the Way
Hohner harmonicas 10 hole keys of C,D,E,F,G,A
and a cell phone.  (Editor’s note … “hey, that’s not fair!”)

Patrick Gormley

Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band – Born to Run
Elliott Smith – Either/Or
The Postal Service – Give Up
The National – High Violet

Bob McLennan
Did you say the top 20?  I just can’t bear to cut any of these.  I’d need them all for different moods in my seclusion on a desert island.
Dire Straits-Communique
Dave Alvin-Ashgrove
John Hiatt-Greatest Hits
Tom Waits-Blue Valentine
Robbie Robertson-Storyville
The Last Waltz
Stan Ridgway-The Big Heat
The Pogues-Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
Talking Heads-Stop Making Sense
Gipsy Kings-Tierra Gitana
Lee Harvey Osmond-The Folk Sinner
Ginger Baker Trio-Going Back Home
Paul Simon-Concert in the Park
Sting-Nothing Like the Sun
Jerry Miller-Miller Time
Bruce Springsteen-The Seeger Sessions
The Clash-London Calling
Cowboy Junkies-Trinity Session
Led Zeppelin-1
Lucinda Williams-Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Oh, yeah, I gotta have the Allman Bros. Live at the Fillmore, too!


Bill Heussler

Grateful Dead – Europe ‘72
Allman Brothers Band – Live from the Fillmore East
Little Feat-Waiting For Columbus
Yes – Songs
Genesis-Three Sides Live

Should still have room in my luggage for my collection live recordings on Mini Discs of Gov’t Mule and the Derek Trucks Band.


Bernadette Walsh

(This is dependent on still having an internet connection!)

Lots of online watch parties going on to support local music!
Davey O, Tyler Westcott, The Healing Committee were my weekend picks, but I plan on catching music from as many as I can and supporting through virtual tipping!

Elmer Ploetz

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Credence Gold
Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (hoping it doesn’t push me over the edge)
The Ramones: Rocket to Russia
Rhino soul box
Elvis Presley: Sun Sessions
Blasters: American Music
Steam Donkeys: Cosmic Americana
Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited
The Clash (first album)








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