Cody White.

Many patrons of the Guitar Center in Palm Desert have been helped by a tall dude with a blonde ponytail. As soon as that dude clocks out, he’ll be rocking with his band, Cody White and the Easy Ride. The group’s music is available on SoundCloud, and it offers a nice blend of twangy rock along with White’s Neil Young-esque vocal delivery. He is the latest to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Huey Lewis and the News.

What was the first album you owned?

Michael Jackson’s Bad.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Mark Lanegan Band, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Tom Petty.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?


What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

The Flying Burrito Brothers.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Yacht rock.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Well now everything dies baby that’s a fact, but maybe everything that dies someday comes back. Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty and meet me tonight in Atlantic City,” Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Israel Nash took me back to my roots and brought me back on track to play music with passion.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

To Frank Zappa: “Your opinion on the current state of the world?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Ohio,” about a much different time, but a very similar situation to what we’re going through at this moment. (Scroll down to hear it.)

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Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...