Oh, we love us some Celebrity Playlist. This time up, we have Jesse Shultzaberger, drummer for the band Ginada Pinata, who will be performing in the area not once, but twice – twice! – this weekend. On Friday, they’ll be at The Blue Side here in town, while on Saturday, they’ll be performing at the Town Run Brewing Company over in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He recently gave us a list of his favorite songs right now, and there’s some doozies in here, friends, including some Chick Corea, some Lettuce and even a little Bruno Mars, among others. You’ll definitely want to give it a good, long scroll. For more about the band, check them out on Facebook here.
Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Friends: “Rubin & Cherise”
I have always loved this song by The Jerry Garcia Band and lyricist Robert Hunter. I think it’s the storytelling that really does it for me. When I heard this version, I couldn’t get enough. The studio production on this tune is amazing. The guitar reverb is out of this world.
Tedeschi Trucks Band: “Let Me Get By” (Live with David Hidalgo)
What’s not to like on this tune? It has incredible vocals harmonies, killing guitar solos, double drummers and a positive message.
Lettuce: “The Force”
Being a drummer – especially one who plays funk – I tend to gravitate towards strong grooves. Adam Deitch is funky and aggressive which is very appealing to me. This entire album is full of great licks and is very listenable.
Chick Corea Trio: “Recorda-Me”
Released in 2014, winning the Grammy in 2015, this album sunk its claws into me immediately. This tune in particular really does it. Brian Blade’s drumming on this is next level. I’ve probably listened to this track 500 times.
Funkadelic: “One Nation Under A Groove”
With the current political climate in our country, I keep going back this song. Let us not forget the ability of music to bring people together. Beyond all that, this tune is just super funky!
Muse: “Panic Station”
I started getting into Muse after seeing their “Live in Rome” concert. They remind me of so many bands I love. I think they fall somewhere between Pink Floyd, U2, The Who and Black Sabbath.
Ghost kind of freaks me out a bit, but I can’t get enough of their brand of rock. This tune is just heavy as hell and very well produced.
Bruno Mars: “24K Magic”
Bruno Mars does it again. It’s pop, it’s funk, it’s throwback.
The Hip Abduction: “Children of the Sun”
Another new band for me. This tune falls somewhere between reggae and world beat. They’ve got that Talking Heads kind of vibe.
Galactic: “Does It Really Make A Difference”
Drummer Stanton Moore has been a big influence on me over the years. For me, this tune really stands apart for the rest of the Galactic catalog. It’s almost a soul throwback. The production is thick and warm and Mavis Staples is so smooth.