Jason Allwood is the lead singer and guitarist for the Jason Allwood Band, who just released their debut LP, Sink or Swim.

Jason Allwood is the lead singer and guitarist for the Jason Allwood Band, who just released their debut LP, Sink or Swim.

"Led Zeppelin," Led Zeppelin

Of all the albums that have influenced me over the years, Led Zeppelin's debut is still my favorite. Very raw British blues, great rhythm section, powerful singer and Page on a Telecaster. Recorded and mixed in 30 hours! I've been a huge fan of their diverse musical styles. Whether it's blues, acoustic folk, reggae, metal, whatever, they pull it all off authentically.

"Grace," Jeff Buckley

I thought Robert Plant was the greatest singer ever until I heard Buckley. His version of "Hallelujah" is a masterpiece. He has a five-and-a-half-octave vocal range! Buckley has superb guitar skills, and he's an excellent songwriter. There are so many great songs on here, it's perfect.

"40 oz. to Freedom," Sublime

Had a bad day at work? Come home, put on Sublime, instant smile on your face. The rhythms are so infectious.

"Aenima," Tool

People probably wouldn't listen to our band and hear the Tool influence, but we're all avid fans. We call it "thinking man's metal." I don't even know that you can call what Tool does "metal." They try some really outside ideas when it comes to "rules" in songwriting. One minute it's mellow, the next it's punching you in the chest. These dynamics are a welcome change in modern music.

"Animals," Pink Floyd

Roger Waters and David Gilmour on the perfect album. Waters is such an underrated bassist, and Gilmour is the tastiest guitarist of all time. I could definitely hear us doing a version of "Sheep" or "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" with local musicians Bobby Floyd or Tony Monaco on organ. Now, that would be nice.

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