Third Man Artist Luke Schneider Shares His Quarantine Picks

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2020 12:51pm | Post a Comment

Luke Schneider

Need some music recommendations? Renowned Nashville pedal steel player Luke Schneider shares some of the albums that have kept him going while we're all quarantined at home. Luke's new album, Altar of Harmony, is out June 5 on Third Man Records and is available for pre-order now on

North Americans - Going Steady

North Americans - Going Steady

If we are now recognizing 'Folk Ambient' as a legitimate genre, then this record deserves a place in the canon of the idiom. A beautiful expression of hard to describe feelings, some parts wistful, other parts lonely, all of it gorgeously arranged with a perfectly gentle touch. If it had been released in the '70s, Terrence Malick would have surely used this music for one his soundtracks.

Erin Rae Putting on Airs

Erin Rae - Putting On Airs

E-Rae, a dear friend of mine and an occasional collaborator, is the kind of soul who has never made a single enemy in this world, and this record is proof. These are songs that wallflowers will take to heart, and fans of All Things Must Pass will rejoice in. A love letter to humility.

Rich Ruth Calming Signals

Rich Ruth - Calming Signals

My favorite record of 2019 and it is a knockout. If any of you heads have been wondering when the current wave of kosmiche new age droners would get their jazz on, wait no longer. These are hymns that dial in the frequencies emanating from another dimension where Harold Budd and John Coltrane joined forces to run against Trump/Pence, and won in a landslide. This is some dope shit.

Hayden Pedigo

Hayden Pedigo - Greetings From Amarillo

I have listened to this record more than any other since the day I discovered it in the summer of 2017. I was falling in love at that time and thus it's possible that my affection for these sounds is in reality just biological; listening to it brings blasts of nostalgic dopamine. However, I have yet to play this record for anyone who wasn't immediately put under its spell. An instrumental ode to the artist's beloved dusty Texas Panhandle hometown, it is a definitive score for the lonely beauty of small towns that exist like ancient islands, remnants of a bygone civilization in the expanse of the Great Plains. I often visualize myself as a puppy love stricken teenager listening to this record on an old walkman, laying in the grass next to a campfire while gazing up at the Texas stars. Put simply, this record is one of the masterpieces of early twenty-first century music. To put it in earnest hyperbole, I truly hold this record in the same esteem as I do the greatest works of Debussy, Ellington, Eno, and Fahey.