“Wearing his influences on his tattered sleeve,” singer/songwriter Mark Huff continues to tour in support of his highly acclaimed album, Feels Like California. As our Free MP3 of the Day, “I Am Listening,” attests, Huff has gone beyond wearing his influences: he’s injected them into his veins.

The blood of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Chris Isaak courses through those veins, feeding his lungs, nurturing his heart, energizing his hands and informing his voice, the rich life force that drives this Vegas-born artist to he create his own brand of country rock.

On “I Am Listening,” the grind of the guitars reminds us of Joe Walsh-era Eagles while the melody recalls the best of Wilco. We’re especially enamored by the second half of the song, a remarkable two-plus minutes that features an amazing guitar solo over a gorgeous choral arrangement.

Give this one a complete listen, then listen three more times. It will be time well-spent and, when you’re done, you’ll have met a new musical friend.

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