Evan Cater is a freelance writer from Chicago. He is also an actor and playwright, having acted in some 20-plus plays. His writings have been produced on-stage and cable television.
Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes. When it appeared in the early '90s, she was a new kind of singer/songwriter.
The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Without which many of the other discs on this list would not exist.
Luka Bloom, Turf. It's constantly in my disc changer late at night.
Jeff Buckley, Grace. Aptly titled virtuoso performance.
Crowded House, Together Alone. A monster of a pop album.
John Denver, Rocky Mountain High. Wanna make somethin' of it?
Ani DiFranco, Out of Range. "You put your folk in my punk!" "Well, you put your punk in my folk!"
Nick Drake, Pink Moon. Radiant, stark and far too short.
Joni Mitchell, Blue. Without which the female singer/songwriters on this list would not exist.
Over the Rhine, Good Dog Bad Dog. Well you should have heard of them.