Pedestrian Playlist: What Does The Executive Director of the Dallas Zoo Listen To?

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Welcome to a new recurring feature here on DC9 where we talk to people of interest in the metroplex about their taste in music, including likes, dislikes, and guilty pleasures. We're calling it Pedestrian Playlist -- because, hey, everyone listens to music.

The Dallas Zoo is the largest and oldest Zoo in the state of Texas, dating all the way back to 1888. It currently features over 10,146 animals and has over 526 species within its confines. Yeah, that's a lot of animals to manage -- so we thought whoever runs a zoo of this size must be quite an interesting fellow.

So, this week, we reached out to the Dallas Zoo's executive director Gregg Hudson and Dallas Zoological Society director Michael Meadows to learn a little bit about their tastes in music.

Gregg Hudson tastes, you'll see, are very local, featuring Dallas' Old 97's and Austin's Bob Schneider, among others. As for his dislikes? Well, he doesn't seem to be the biggest KISS fan -- probably, we assume, because he doesn't want any more loud animals in his life. Michael Meadows seems like a real music fan, too, with favorites ranging from Ray Charles to The Beatles to Lady Gaga.

Curious as to their other musical tastes? Check out their playlists after the jump.



The Beatles

| Any Album

"The greatest band of all-time."

Stevie Ray Vaughan | Any Album

"Taken from us way too soon!"

Bob Marley and the Wailers  | Legend

"An album that makes you forget about your worries."

Little Feat | Waiting for Columbus

"Best 'live' album."

Lady Gaga  | Artist

"Incredibly talented entertainer."

Led Zeppelin | "Kashmir"

"One of my ring tones -- a Zeppelin classic."

Derek and the Dominos | Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs

"A perfect and timeless album."



The Band of Heathens

| "Jackson Station (live)"

"The first time I went hear these guys I thought I was at the taping or the 'Last Waltz.' This song has great triple vocals and a very cool harmony."

The Avett Brothers | "I and Love and You"

"When I heard this song on the radio, I ran to iTunes thinking the Counting Crows had a new CD. These guys quickly have become one my favorites."

Old 97's  | "Every Night is Friday Night (Without You)"

"2:45 of rockabilly beat and driving guitars! Good old rock 'n roll from one of Dallas best!"

Bob Schneider | "40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)"

"A feel-good song from one of Texas most versatile songwriters. Catchy pop tunes to downright strange, his CD's give you a little bit of everything."

Snow Patrol | "Open Your Eyes"

"I have always loved big English rock bands (The Who, U2, Coldplay). This songs builds to a great crescendo at the last part of the song that is hard to not crank up loud."

Least Favorite


| Anything By Them

"I just never got it. I still don't."

Guilty Pleasure

Kid Rock

| "All Summer Long"

"OK, I know it's Kid Rock, but a mash-up between 'Werewolves of London' and 'Sweet Home Alabama'? C'mon, you can't help but rock a little to this!"

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