“Here’s an example of an album I like that doesn’t really have guitar on it. The first time I heard it, there was something about it that caught my ear. There’s so much music out there – it’s on the radio, it’s online, it’s on satellite radio – and it’s always a surprise when you hear something that intrigues you. In the case of this album, I just fell in love with it.
“The songwriting is great, the sound of the band is cool, and the singer’s voice is unique and genuine. I’ll put it on every so often and just get into it. I think I heard it for the first time when I was on the road; it might have been James [LaBrie] who played it for me. The second it came on, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s really cool.’ It’s great whenever that happens.”