This is not a "best of" list, although I'd whole-heartedly recommend any of the albums on which these tunes were featured. These are simply songs that spoke to me.
When I first heard (okay, watched via YouTube) the Steel Wheels covering Tom Waits, I fervently hoped for a studio version of "Walk Away" to appear on a future album. I felt (and still do) that the guys did a fine job of honoring the original work while lending their own spin to the song. [...]
For the Steel Wheels, the importance of honoring one’s roots is not simply an act based in nostalgia; it’s an active exploration of how history shapes the future.