“I went to Colorado State and was hanging out with all of these people who listened to jam bands like Phish. This was when I started to get into the Grateful Dead and their album Shakedown Street.
“Actually, I really liked Little Feat, as well, and finding out that Lowell George produced Shakedown Street was pretty cool. The Dead were this noodly kind of band, which I love – I do like getting lost in those long musical moments – but Shakedown Street had really great tight songs, so it was probably a little bit different for them.
“There’s some cover tunes that are cool, but the originals really stand up. From start to finish, it’s a record that you can put on and just feel good while you’re listening to it. You can be cooking dinner, you can drive down the highway with the windows down – wherever you are, it’s a good vibe. The music is so great that I don’t even listen to the lyrics. It’s a nice mood-lifting record.”