Day 61: 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 61.

It’s an indie rock kind of day so it’s a good day to introduce you to an indie band from East Nashville that I’ve been listening to for a few years.

I first saw Dewveall at a charity show in Nashville a few years back. Comprised of the husband and wife team of Jonathon and Mel Dewveall, the duo has released several independent albums and EP’s including Word which is a good starting point to hear the band’s Amos Lee-meets-The Black Crowes sound. Head on over to bandcamp to check them out by clicking the album cover here, and support a local band by downloading their music. After all, it’s your bonus pick of the day.

— Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb

CHUCK’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Family Of The Year

Loma Vista (2012)

Why I Love It

Close your eyes. Think about Southern California. Picture the beaches. The freeways. Dodger Stadium. LAX Airport. Hollywood. If there was a soundtrack playing in your mind, Family of the Year should be the house band. Outside of the Beach Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, few artists have captured the culture and vibe of SoCal quite as well as this Los Angeles quartet. The album included the band’s biggest hit, “Hero,” but it’s only one of many well-crafted and lovable songs on this gem. The songwriting has an undeniable honesty that rings true equally on both toe-tapping and serious tunes. I also adore the band’s latest album, Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime (2018), but this is the record that made me a fan of the band. Especially because I lived in Southern California when I was a kid, it’s also an album that I will never get tired of hearing. If you aren’t familiar, give it a listen. You’re welcome.

Album Highlights

“The Stairs,” “Hero” and “Find It”

Kendall on Chuck’s Album of the Day

This is a band that Chuck introduced me to, and they are certainly worth your time. In fact, this album contains one of my favorite songs of the past decade — “Hero.” We could use a few of those right about now in America.

KENDALL’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

My Morning Jacket

Z (2005)

Why I Love It

It only takes three or four songs to know that you’re listening to something special with My Morning Jacket’s Z. The question then is can they sustain that early momentum throughout the album?

The answer is an emphatic “yes.” Z was a bit shocking when it debuted, because it represented such a big leap forward from the band’s early alt-country leanings. There are still hints of their Americana roots here, but this album also represents a band digging deep beyond those roots and finding even grander aspirations. The end result is a major work that proved to be My Morning Jacket’s big breakthrough. It remains the essential album in the band’s catalog.

Album Highlights

“Wordless Chorus,” “Gideon” and “What A Wonderful Man”

Chuck on Kendall’s Album of the Day

With My Morning Jacket’s first two albums, Jim James established himself as a great up-and-coming songwriter and singer. But this third record showed his talent had ascended to another level with the help of some solid production work and great songs. The result is a special album that is one of the best of its era. How good is it? My favorite track, “How Could I Know,” was a B-side only available on the digital album. Great choice, Kendall.

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