Considering her band's wide-ranging sound and penchant for eclectic cover songs, it should come as no surprise to fans how diverse Halestorm singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale's musical tastes are. The frontwoman has been shaped by all kinds of tunes over her lifetime and career — from Dio's bombastic power metal to Jeff Buckley's haunting folk rock. Count among that list the bluesy proto-metal excursions of Led Zeppelin. When we talked to Hale about the 10 albums that have shaped her as a person and an artist, she included the band's all-time classic Led Zeppelin III high among her picks. Below are her thoughts on its profound impact on her.
"One of my favorite songs on this is 'That's the Way.' It's such an amazing performance. And the record is so good. What I love about Zeppelin is that you can listen to their entire catalog and kind of see where they were at in the moment. They were so comfortable with themselves, and especially on this record they kind of settled in and were just talking about what they were feeling at the time. It feels really natural and comfortable and they aren't trying to be anything that they're not. So I just love the record."