Year In Review, Vol. 2 - Earl Pickens

This December, to celebrate the music of 2007, I asked a bunch of the artists I’ve featured on PHW over the last 11 months to share their thoughts on the “year that was”. I asked a mix of my favorite local artists, as well as several larger acts, with the hope of having a diverse assortment of reflections on the music that mattered to the artists that mattered to me.

In 2007, Pennsylvania-by-way-of-Brooklyn country rocker Earl Pickens proved to be at the head of the pack, both musically with his wonderful EP Turn On The Radio, and in the world of youtube with a trio of quirky, homemade music videos. You can watch him unicycle along the Jersey Turnpike in “Can I Turn On The Radio?”, come to life as a giant version of his own artwork in “I Know What You Want”, or unbelievably out-parody the ultra-parodied “I‘ve Been Everywhere”. He’s also received radio play all over the Northeast, including a recent interview on John Platt’s “City Folk Sunday Breakfast” on WFUV (90.7) in New York, and formed a new band - the ominously titled Earl Pickens & the Band of Thunder.

Earl was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to send in the following Top 10 List - showing that wholesome wit that comes through so naturally in everything he does:

Earl Pickens Top 10 Favorite Days, Colors, and Songs of 2007:

1. "Heart of Glass" / The Puppini Sisters

2. Orange

3. "Rehab" / Amy Winehouse

4. "Most Likely Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" / Dylan-Ronson remix

5. May Seventeenth

6. November Thirtyfirst

7. Teal

8. "She Called Up" / Crowded House

9. Orangey-teal

10. Septealber Thirtorangeenth

Stream :: Can I Turn On The Radio?
Stream :: So Wild
(from Turn On The Radio EP. Buy here)

Photos taken by yours truly at The Rodeo Bar, NY - 11/07

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