Itasca Shares Her Musical Memories

Itasca is Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kayla Cohen.  Her nimble fingering picking and gorgeous ghostly voice reminds listeners of the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1960s and 70s. Open to Chance may be her fifth release, but it is her first with a full band behind her, and it gives more credence to her retro sound.

With each release, Itasca has grown into something new, and has found herself breaking new ground. ARTISTdirect caught up with Kayla to discuss her musical memories, and to gain an insight into the eclectic tastes of an artist who has the ability to reach into the past and make it present.

First single I bought…

Something by Soul Asylum…

First live show I attended…

Alanis Morissette and Radiohead at Jones Beach, 1996

First song I learned to play…

“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

The song that reminds me of home…

“Nutshell” by Alice in Chains

The song I wish I wrote…

I’m happy that other people write songs, just enjoy listening to them. Maybe “Flying Shoes” by Townes Van Zandt because it’s such a well-crafted, intuitive song, but that one could only be written by him.

The finest song from my all time hero…

I have lots of musical heroes, I could say “Boulder to Birmingham” by Emmylou Harris, or “A Song For You” by Leon Russell.

My favorite track from my most recent project

From “Open to Chance” the new LP I like all of the songs for different reasons… at this moment I like “G.B.” a lot…

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