London-based singer-songwriter Finlay Morton's Back to Basics boasts a refreshingly vintage sound. His single, "The Devil Ain't Getting My Soul," is a classic rock master class, featuring growled vocals, a heavenly female backup chorus and Tom Petty-inspired guitar riffs.
Morton takes over WTMD Thursday night to share some of the artists who inspired Basics.
"I grew up with Tom Petty, going all the way back to Damn the Torpedoes," Morton says. "He's a really big influence on me, and Wildflowers is one of my favorites."
Throughout the set, Morton weighs in on classic cover songs, both good and bad.
"I wanted to remind everyone what the real version of 'Werewolves of London' sounded like, since I hated Kid Rock's version so much," he says of Warren Zevon's famous single.
However, he can be open to interpretation, favoring Johnny Cash's take on Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and choosing Roger McGuinn over Bob Dylan in a singoff.
"The Byrds' version of 'Mr. Tambourine Man' is better," he says. "Sorry, Bob."
Dive into the classics with Morton Thursday night at 8.
•••• Little Feat, "Dixie Chicken"
•••• Tom Petty, "Cabin Down Below"
•••• Bruce Springsteen, "10th Avenue Freezeout"
•••• The Doors, "People Are Strange"
•••• Warren Zevon, "Werewolves of London"
•••• Aerosmith, "Pink"
•••• Todd Rundgren, "I Saw the Light"
•••• The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man"
•••• Finlay Morton, "The Circus"
•••• Sharif, "Another Wasted Rose"
•••• Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta Know"
•••• Johnny Cash, "Personal Jesus"