Cannon Daughtrey, 28, grew up on a tobacco and peanut farm in the Deep South (Lenox, Ga., with a population of less than 1,000). She currently lives in Tucson and works in cultural resource management as an archaeologist. She once shoveled more than 1,000 pounds of dirt to clear a Late Archaic period site near Douglas of cultural materials before the border fence was built. She aspires to find a gold nugget in a Nevada mine, eat raw salmon directly from an Alaskan stream and somehow use her olfactory sense professionally, either as a sommelier or fishmonger.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Shania Twain in Tallahassee, Fla. Yikes!
What are you listening to these days?
Beach House, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Handsome Furs, Lhasa de Sela, Gillian Welch, The Middle East, Noah and the Whale, The Morning Benders, and The xx.
What was the first album you owned?
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem tolove, but you just don't get?
Don't mob me ... reggae, Jack Johnson, the Black Eyed Peas and Celine Dion.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
The Lawrence Welk Orchestra. That's real America!
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Labyrinth original soundtrack, tight pants.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Passing Afternoon" by Iron and Wine, or "Pastures of Plenty."
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Lucinda Williams. The grit and raw anger of her voice, paralleled by abrasive and vulnerable lyrics, is lovely, relevant and relatable. Plus, I'm a Southerner.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago.