Day 55: The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music

The staff of the College Football America Yearbook is on the road every weekend of the college football season, shooting games and gathering information for the following year’s book. That means a lot of driving and listening to a lot of music.

Earlier this year our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb and our director of editorial content Chuck Cox put together ‘The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music.’ Each of them sat down and compiled a list of 100 great albums. Their goal was not to select the ‘100 greatest albums of all time.’ It was simply to select 100 great albums to write about as they passed the time during quarantine and shelter-at-home orders.

This 2020 college football season will be unprecedented in so many ways. It’s very likely none of us will be on the road for games because, like most people, we’re trying to stay healthy. And we hope you are too.

So, for the next 100 days, we’re going to publish their countdown here at CollegeFootballAmericaPR.com (the list was originally published on Webb’s personal site, kendallwebb.net). Consider it the ultimate playlist for the ultimate college road trip — music for every taste, from every genre and from every decade of the modern era of music. When the staff of the College Football America Yearbook is back on the road, you can bet these will be some of the tunes we’re listening to.

And, if you missed the previous installments of our series, just click here to head to the Coronavirus Countdown — 100 Days of Great Music home page.

Here’s Day 55

It’s the “Buddy” show today — Kendall’s Album of the Day comes from Buddy Miller while Chuck reaches back a little further to get a greatest hits collection from Buddy Holly.

So for your bonus pick, we’re going to make it a trio of Buddys. Buddy Guy’s recording career began on Cobra Records in 1958, but he first began to make his mark on Chess Records starting in the ’60s. His 1967 album “I Left My Blues In San Francisco” was his only solo release on the label, and it remains one of Guy’s most sought-after collections.

– Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb

CHUCK’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Buddy Holly

Greatest Hits (1996)

Why I Love It

For an artist who tragically died more than 10 years before I was around, I have always felt a strange connection to the legendary Buddy Holly. Sure, we were both born in West Texas (Buddy in Lubbock; myself in El Paso). I am also a huge fan of his music, but there’s more to it than that. I was lucky enough to see and meet his band, The Crickets, when they played a show in Austin with Nanci Griffith in 1997. Kendall and I visited the site of the plane crash that took Buddy’s life in Clear Lake, Iowa, in the middle of a summer night in 2010. I saw a show at the Surf Ballroom, the last place Buddy ever played, last year. I also bought this greatest hits collection in Buddy’s hometown. I still have the receipt. That’s part of the reason I chose this album, but I also wanted to include all of the huge hits to showcase his immense talent at such a young age. Buddy left us at 22 years old in 1959, but his legacy and amazing music will ensure that he will not fade away. Also, how cool is it that we have two artists named Buddy in today’s countdown?

Album Highlights

“That’ll Be the Day,” “Everyday” and “Peggy Sue”

Kendall on Chuck’s Album of the Day

Chuck tells the story about of a special moment we shared visiting Buddy Holly’s crash site in the middle of the night 10 years ago. We’re both huge fans of his music, and I often wonder what his legacy would be if he had lived. He was a master at so many styles, and his early passing is one of popular music’s greatest tragedies.

KENDALL’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Buddy Miller

Poison Love (1997)

Why I Love It

This was my introduction to Buddy Miller who didn’t release his first album (Your Love And Other Lies) until he was in his 40’s.

This was his second album, and I bought it for the title cut which was a duet with Steve Earle and a cover of an old Johnnie & Jack hit from 1951. Buddy and Steve nailed it, but it was the rest of the album that really blew me away. Buddy turned out to be an exceptional songwriter, and there are a handful of songs on this album that are as good as anything to come out in country music in the past quarter century. Worth your time to pull it up and listen.

Album Highlights

“100 Million Little Bombs,” “Don’t Tell Me” and “Love Grows Wild”

Chuck on Kendall’s Album of the Day

I saw Buddy and his wife, Julie, open for Steve Earle at a show at the Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas the year after the release of this album. I was an instant fan of the music and the manner in which Buddy and Julie delivered the songs live. The couple displays their songwriting chops on this fantastic record, which also includes some outstanding covers to make for an outstanding sophomore effort. I especially love the ballad “Don’t Tell Me.”

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