What's your favorite song? We asked Pinedrop's Derek Sensale

You may have seen Brattleboro, Vt.-based Pinedrop at Freshgrass or Eat on North in recent times. On Friday, June 1, the four-man string group will bring its blend of folk and bluegrass to a private event at Common Folk in North Adams (RSVP to boxoffice.commonfolk@gmail.com for more information). Vocalist and guitarist Derek Sensale answered some questions about his favorite tunes by phone in advance of the show.

What's your favorite folk song?

Something by Bob Dylan, maybe "Boots of Spanish Leather."

What's your favorite bluegrass song?

That's always a hard one. There is just so much to pick from ... a really cool song is called "Fox on the Run." I'm not 100-percent positive who wrote it [Tony Hazzard], but I'm pretty sure this guy named Tom T. Hall made it famous.

What's your favorite song that tells a story?

There's a song by the Grateful Dead called "Bird Song." [It's a] really beautiful song, kind of unlike a lot of the regular Grateful Dead stuff. I actually just learned today that it's about the passing of Janis Joplin. I thought that was really cool. I've known that song for a while and never [known] what it's about.

What's your favorite current pop song?

That's on the radio?


I don't know if you consider it pop, but there's a new Dr. Dog song that I've been hearing on The River called "Heart Killer."

What's your favorite hip-hop song?

Probably "Check the Rhime" by A Tribe Called Quest.

What's your favorite song to dance to?

I'm a big dancer when it comes to anything by the Talking Heads. I really like "Cross-eyed and Painless."

What's your favorite song to belt out in the car?

Currently, I guess, it would be "No Hard Feelings" by The Avett Brothers — a real good belter.

What's your favorite song to perform live?

An original or a cover?

It could be either.

We do this three-song bit, and it's "Time" by Pink Floyd, and then one of our original songs called "Home Again," and then "Codeine" by Trampled by Turtles.

Benjamin Cassidy can be reached at bcassidy@berkshireeagle.com, at @bybencassidy on Twitter and 413-496-6251.


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