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Baker's Dozen

Dark Nights Of The Soul: Chelsea Wolfe’s Baker’s Dozen
Greg Hyde , January 24th, 2024 10:42

From a teenage love of Fleetwood Mac and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, to real life encounters with Sunn O))) and Smashing Pumpkins, Chelsea Wolfe talks to Greg Hyde about the 13 records that most impacted her life


Townes Van Zandt – Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt is one of those artists from whom you can pick so many different records as a favourite. I chose this one because it features a couple of my favourite songs of his, one of those being ‘Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel’, which I think is my favourite song of his, and the other being ‘Waiting Around To Die’, which is obviously one of his most well-known, well-written songs. I think I got into his music in my 20s. I had heard him before, and then my bandmate Ben Chisholm was a big fan of Townes’. So he sort of reintroduced me to his music, and then I got hooked again. I would say the country side of music by late-60s singer-songwriters like Loretta Lynn, Townes Van Zandt, and Patsy Cline has had a big impact on me generally. I love Joan Baez as well, but I think I was more drawn to the country/folk element of that era than the Bob Dylans of this world.