Inspiring Music

Austin Artist Matt Giles has been drawn to music and performing for more than 30 years. In Album Cuts, he takes some time to share what records he would most want on a desert island.

If you were alone on a desert island which five CDs would you most want with you and why?

Los Lobos
The desert island question is so tough. It’s really, what could you possibly listen to, over and over again without losing your mind? That being said, Kiko has gotta be on the list. This record has everything for me. Amazing songs, singing, music, and production. It’s so rich in its sound. Even the song order is perfect. More than anything, this record still hits me in the gut and soul. It’s like an old friend at this point. Also, Los Lobos is one of my favorite bands of all time.

Donny Hathaway
Donny Hathaway Live
This record is so groovy. Donny Hathaway is one of my favorite singers and this band is just sick. There’s some amazing audience participation on this record. It also has one of the greatest bass solos in history, played by Willie Weeks. It's recorded really well, too. Especially for a live recording. I could listen to it 1000 more times.

The Band
The Band
Great songs, of course. One of the greatest bands of all time, doing what they do best. Everything has such an amazing feel to it and they play so well together. It’s like everything I love about music on one recording. I think I could hang with it on a desert island.

Allen Toussaint
Southern Nights
Another masterpiece. It’s kind of a concept record with its theme. Allen Toussaint has his own sound. His imprint is on so much of New Orleans music, spanning decades. These songs are all great and unique sounding. It was made when studio recording was in its heyday. Gorgeous sounds, no digital anything. It also doesn’t hurt to have the Meters be your studio band. It’s another record I believe I could listen to hundreds of times more.

Amy Winehouse
Back To Black
I have to remind myself, this is the desert island scenario. What could I listen to over and over again? I never get sick of this record. Really, that's the ultimate compliment, isn’t it? I think like the world should feel lucky that this record exists for all of us to hear. She was amazing.