XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Go Where You Wanna Go” from Echo In The Canyon by Jakob Dylan and Jade Castrinos

Jakob Dylan | Echo in the Canyon | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Echo In The Canyon is a new documentary that celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. From 1965 to 1967 the musicians living in Laurel Canyon created some of rock music’s most influential and longest-lasting songs and albums.

The documentary, and accompanying soundtrack, features many younger musicians that were influenced by the Laurel Canyon scene: Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Jade Castrinos, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. Through conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (Mamas & the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby (The Byrds), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last film interview), Echo In The Canyon tells the story of this remarkably creative period in rock music’s history. The documentary was directed by Andrew Slater, long time a producer and A&R person in the music industry.

Recently, Echo In The Canyon made it’s debut concert performance at WXPN’s Free At Noon, featuring Jakob Dylan, Jade Castrinos, Cat Power. Along with a top-notch band of musicians, they performed songs from the Laurel Canyon era that are featured in the film and the album, including “You Showed Me” (The Turtles), “Go Where You Wanna Go” (The Mamas and the Papas), and others. The soundtrack also includes classic rock classics like “The Bells Of Rhymney” and “Goin’ Back” (The Byrds), “In My Room” (The Beach Boys), “Never My Love” (The Association), “Expecting To Fly” (Buffalo Springfield), and others.

Below, listen to Dylan and Castrinos sing “Go Where You Wanna Go,” and the original by The Mamas and the Papas.

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