Probably one of my favourite musical discoveries of the last year and a half, is Jack Savoretti; the English singer from London with Italian roots. I saw him support Jake Bugg in Utrecht and filmed a session the afternoon before. I’ve been listening to his three albums so many times, some of my other records are getting jealous. Savoretti has just released a new EP called ‘Sweet Hurt‘. For Onder Invloed, to restart this old rubric, he’s listed his five favourite songs.

Cajun Moon (JJ Cale)
“It’s the sound of cool.”

Empty (Ray Lamontagne)
“Lyrically it’s a masterpiece. You don’t even have to hear it with music, the words are so incredible. It sends me back to the drawing board each time.”

Pensiere e Parole (Battisti)
“The fact that there are two vocal parts written for this song means there are two different songs on top of each other and how he did it is amazing.”

Nobody Wins (Kris Kristofferson)
“One of the greatest and most underrated break up songs of all times.”

Graceland (Paul Simon)
“‘The Mississippi river was like a Nashville guitar…’ It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to opening lines.”

Not Worthy (Jack Savoretti)
In 2013, Savoretti recorded a session for Onder Invloed in Utrecht, The Netherlands and played his former single Not Worthy which you can watch below.

Savoretti’s playing a sold out show at Paradiso Amsterdam on April 18th, but will be touring in Spain, Switzerland and England – where he’s on a bill with Neil Young – after that. Visit his website for the details.

For Top 5 Songs, musicians list five of their favourite songs ever, and explain why those songs are so special. We embed a video for every song and feel that this is a nice addition to the sessions and live videos in introducing you to the influences of some great musicians. This rubric already ran for a while a couple of years ago, when people like Damien Jurado, Jelle Paulusma, Biff Smith (A New International & The Starlets), Bertolf, Alasdair Roberts and Bettie Serveert’s Carol van Dyk sent us their Top 5. You can find all of them right here.