Weekly Playlist 040

This week, I feature some music from my good friend Zach Cannella, dig into some recent releases from Illenium and DREAMCAR, and pay tribute to the late, great Chris Cornell with a song from Audioslave and fellow ’90s/’00s grunge rock acts Alice In Chains and Foo Fighters.

Many homegrown musical acts rarely make it out of their suburban operating sphere, often being forced to move on to a different path; Zach Cannella does not fall into that category. Currently rocking about in Nashville, TN, I met Zach during high school when his brother was my small group leader in my church youth group; after graduating, he started focusing on singing and guitar, and eventually made it down to the Music City to start recording and performing. Zach’s style mixes up-tempo acoustic singer/songwriter styles with folky progressions and just a touch of country flair; this is evident in the first song on my list, “65 South” off the Bottom Drawer album. Zach Cannella is an incredible artist, and I’m very proud to be sharing his music with you; also check out his 2017 release “Jephthah”, which expands Cannella’s style to included a full band accompaniment, and features a darker and more rock-influenced sound.

As a tribute to late frontman Chris Cornell, my next featured song is “I Am the Highway” by Audioslave, a rock/post-grunge band consisting of Cornell and 3 members from Rage Against the Machine. A tragic loss for fans of ’90s/’00s rock and the grunge scene, Chris Cornell passed away on May 18; he was a huge figure in the grunge scene, fronting Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and helped create a musical atmosphere in Seattle, WA. Cornell could have counted other grunge icons such as Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, and Dave Grohl as his contemporaries; among those, Scott Weiland was part of the only group (Stone Temple Pilots) that did not originate in Seattle. I had the pleasure of seeing Soundgarden perform a few weekends ago at Beale Street Music Festival, but the world of music has lost a great voice far too early with Chris Cornell’s passing.

My last feature is a song from another iconic ’90s group; “Everlong” by Foo Fighters turned 20 years old yesterday (May 20) after it was released on The Colour and the Shape in 1997. Widely regarded as one of the best rock songs of all time, (which I do not disagree with; it has over 140 million plays on Spotify) “Everlong” is up-tempo and builds from a single guitar strumming into a relentless and perfectly-mixed full band performance, culminating in one of the final climactic chorus. Happy 20th, Everlong, you’re one of the few songs that I physically cannot stop halfway through.

Here are my picks for the weeks of May 15-May 21.

  1. 65 SouthZach Cannella
  2. I Am the HighwayAudioslave
  3. Dark Bird Is HomeThe Tallest Man On Earth
  4. Hinnom, TXBon Iver
  5. NutshellAlice In Chains
  6. Wild HorsesBirdy
  7. I’ll Be Your ReasonIllenium
  8. Born To LieDREAMCAR
  9. EverlongFoo Fighters
  10. Phantom LimbThe Shins