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 Bohème, whose latest LP, Follow the Freedom, is out now. You can hear music from the album below — after reading her Desert Island picks, of course!
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
This is the perfect example of live-to-tape performance. No click on this bad boy! Listening to this album I’m totally transported to another place. Perfect for long drives and at-home hangouts. The playing is perfection, the vocals are haunting and the songs are classic Van. Listen with headphones if you want to really trip.
Tom Waits – Closing Time
What can I say about this album that would do it justice? It’s a master class in songwriting from beginning to end. And as well-sung an album as Tom Waits has ever produced, in my extremely humble opinion. “Martha” makes me cry every single time. My love affair with Mr. Waits spans decades, but it all began here.
Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones
That voice, the irreverence. A perfect mix of folk and street. She is the original hard candy with a soft center. Funk and soul meet white girl ’70s jive talk. Rickie can turn a phrase like no other. Hooks for days. This album is a classic.
The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971
OK. You know why this is awesome, right?
The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve
All I’m saying is, as a singer you must kneel at the altar of Ella. As a performer who wishes to distinguish, Louis Armstrong broke the mold. And as a songwriter, it behooves you to look back to move forward.
Follow the Freedom is the debut album from Bohème, a name taken by Cassidy Catanzaro, an established and acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur, to mark a new chapter in her career, and in her life.
From late 1999 to early 2008, Cassidy was the frontwoman and primary songwriter in Antigone Rising. After releasing four independent albums, the all-female rock band was signed to Lava/Atlantic Records, and its 2005 major label debut From the Ground Up sold upwards of 500,000 copies.
Celebrated for the excitement of her live performances, Cassidy toured/played shows with the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, The Allman Brothers, Macy Gray, Raphael Saadiq, Charice & Norah Jones.