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SAM TINNESZ

Sam Tinnesz cut his teeth as a Nashville-based songwriter who helped build the pop music community in an otherwise country-dominated town, working with bands and producers who were also eager to expand Nashville’s creative limits. He’s kicked off his solo career with 2017’s Babel, and although its the first album he’s released under his own name, he’s no newcomer. He’s a lifer — an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who is still exploring new territory, more than a dozen years into his career.

MOST INFLUENTIAL ALBUM

FULL MOON FEVER | TOM PETTY

I remember listening to the Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever record with my dad and being transported by the hooky guitar riffs and simple but profound lyrics. I always go back and reference his songwriting to remind myself how to write songs that simply connect to the heart.