Recently, Wurster joined forces with Hired Hand, a band that possesses a similar sensibility. The trio -- William Ryan Fritch, John Wagner, and Bud Berning -- has recruited Wurster for a full album that's due for imminent release. Although we're unsure of what exactly the collaboration will yield, we thought it might be a good time to retrace Wurster's roots and ask him to offer a sampling of some of those albums that contributed to his earliest influences. Here's what he had to say:
Johnny Rivers at the Whiskey a Go Go -- Johnny Rivers: "Over the years, I have probably collected over 5,000 albums, and this was one of the first. It was Johnny who introduced me to the music of Chuck Berry, Rufus Thomas, and Willie Dixon."
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere -- Neil Young: "'Cowgirl in the Sand' was the first song I learned to play that had more than three chords. Today, it is still the only song that I play that has more than three chords."
Blue River -- Eric Andersen: "Warm, dark, and beautiful. Joni Mitchell's background vocal on the title cut is haunting. A great late-night listen."
Heart Like a Wheel -- Linda Rondstadt: "I had a big crush on Linda. What a voice! Every track is a gem. Masterful song arrangements and playing by the late Andrew Gold."
The Clash Live at Shea Stadium -- The Clash: "They just recently released this from the vaults. A great live album. God bless Joe Strummer. He was the man."
Jim Wurster performs at 8 p.m. Friday, October 7, at Luna Star Café, 75, NE 125th St., Miami. Josh Little opens. Call 305-799-7123, or visit email@example.com
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