If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans who happen to be recording artists in their own right. This edition of Desert Island Discs comes courtesy of Sam Morrow, whose latest album, Ephemeral, is out April 29. Visit his official site and watch the trailer for his new single, “War,” below — and then read his Desert Island picks, of course!


Manchester Orchestra: Mean Everything to Nothing
This is a record that I can always come back to and it will find me right where I am. It’s just honest rock n’ roll.

David Ramirez: Apologies
This record is what made me really step up working on the art of writing songs. It made me fall in love with just writing damn good songs. Songs that are good with just an acoustic guitar and a vocal, or with a full band supporting them. It made me fall so much more in love with the craft of songwriting.

Jason Isbell: Southeastern
Even though this record is so new, I think it is the definition of an instant classic. The lyrics come from such a relatable place to me, dark at times, but very true. This album reminds me that a good songwriter is more honest with him or her self than is normally comfortable.

ZZ Top: Eliminator
This album just reminds me of my childhood. I used to always listen to this with my dad in his convertible, we would both sing along. I aspire to one day be as cool as this album is.

Damien Rice: O
I love how stripped down this record is. It has some of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard, and they are just mostly stripped down to bare bones. It just has such a raw and genuine sound. The lyrics are also top notch. The metaphors and symbols that Rice uses are really beautiful.