Luke Sital-Singh (Credit: Steve Gullick)

Luke Sital-Singh has always sought the open road.

The songwriter released new album 'Time Is A Riddle' earlier in the year, a warm, humane return that showcased his simple artistry.

Since then, he has packed his bags and bundled his passport into his pocket for a lengthy series of trans-Atlantic tours.

Along the way Luke has developed a highly personal soundtrack, a collection of his favourite tracks that acts as comfort during those long hours on the road.

"Music and travelling is one of life’s great marriages," he explains. "Nothing beats a good musical road trip. It’s perhaps why us touring musicians can put up with the more negative aspect of this life. It just feels right. This connection is never felt more acutely than when driving across North America, which I got to do on my first US tour this year. The drives were long and as such, so were the playlists. I couldn’t help spinning my favourites of the late 60s and early 70s as we drove down the Californian coastline."

Heading into the studio, Luke opted to cover a few of these classics for his new EP. Out on January 12th, 'American Songs' is a touching tribute from a talented songwriter to a few of his own heroes.

We're able to bring you Luke Sital-Singh's version of 'Thirteen', a touching Big Star classic that muses on burgeoning adolescence, young love, and empowering thrill rock 'n' roll can offer.

The treated vocals seem to find renewed innocence in Big Star's songwriting, while the stripped down arrangement utilises that cute, coy guitar line.

A wonderful version, you can check out Luke Sital-Singh's take on 'Thirteen' below.

Related: In Conversation - Luke Sital-Singh

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