The O.C. actor, 50, takes a break from the Southern California life with 7 Days in Memphis, his debut album of Memphis-style soul.
SOLOMON BURKE, KING OF ROCK' N' SOUL He's always on my iPod. He sent me a great live recording of himself at House of Blues. I also love his album Don't Give Up on Me, which has the [title] song I sang on The O.C.
BOBBY PURIFY, BETTER TO HAVE IT It's all songs originally recorded during the Memphis explosion of soul. I love it because it's just so real.
SUFJAN STEVENS, ILLINOIS There's something familiar [with this indie singer-songwriter] from my generation, a nod to show business and vaudeville and performance that I find surprising.
FACES, OOH LA LA My wife turned me on to Rod Stewart's old band.
MARVIN GAYE, WHAT'S GOING ON It's so true that the more things change, the more they remain the same. —JENNIFER ODELL