Paul McDonald's Tour Bus Playlist Featuring James Blake, Seu Jorge, Vulfpeck

On repeat.

By Deeba Abrishamchi - Aug 3, 2018
Paul McDonald just dropped his debut LP Modern Hearts, and embarked on a headlining tour. The Nashville-based artist was once on American Idol, but now he's solo. On repeat.

Paul McDonald has had a jam-packed past few months. From the release of his debut LP Modern Hearts to the start of his headlining tour, the Nashville-based artist has had a lot to celebrate.

McDonald kicked off his tour on August 1 in Denver, and will continue trekking across the US, stopping to wow the crowds in cities like Boston, Dallas, Seattle, and more. The American Idol alum will be performing songs like “All I’ve Ever Needed” and “Once Your Were Mine”, as well as other fan favorites from Modern Hearts, an album that he's said touches on “life, love, heartbreak, struggle, disappointment (and) forgiveness.”

We got to chat with the newly solo artist about his favorite tunes to bump while on the road. From James Blake to Jackson 5, it’s impossible not to love the tracks he’s had on heavy rotation as of late.

Follow the “Hold On” artist’s playlist below, and make sure to Track him on Bandsintown for a chance to see him in your city!


Paul McDonald's Tour Bus Playlist

1. 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' - Smashing Pumpkins

"First thing we listened to when we started the run was the most recent Howard stern interview where Billy Corgan discusses the shape shifter that he met."


2. 'Fell In Love With A Girl' - The White Stripes

"Rocking road Jam."


3. 'All Your Light (Times Like These)' - Portugal. The Man

"This whole record is great. One of the best live bands."


4. 'Something Good' - Alt-J

"I love this band."


5. 'It Gets Funkier' - Vulfpeck

"This whole band is mega players. Such a fun live show."


6. '505' - Arctic Monkeys

"The concept of this whole record is super interesting."


7. 'Life on Mars?' - Seu Jorge

"Takes me back to Life Aquatic. He’s great."


8. 'Them Changes' - Thundercat

This was a new one that I had never heard... DJ’ed by our tour manager - really cool stuff.


9. 'Retrograde' - James Blake

"He’s brilliant. One of my favorite artists."


10. 'Who's Loving You' - Jackson 5

"Michael Jackson was like 9 years old when he sang this...holy smokes. Listen to that vocal."


11. 'Take Me Out' (Live From Avatar Studios) - Franz Ferdinand

"Such a cool version."


12. 'American Pie' - Don McLean

"I haven’t heard this one in a while and we busted it out. Timeless song."


13. 'The World May Never Know' - Dr. Dog

"I love this band."

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