Day 65: 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 65.

There’s a Golden State vibe in our selections today with Chuck selecting a hits package by the Eagles while Kendall has some vintage Bakersfield honky-tonk from Buck Owens.

It’s California rock vs. California country, and it’s easy to find connections between the two. Buck’s early records were produced by Ken Nelson who had signed him to Capital Records in the early ’60s after using him as a studio guitarist for several years on other artist’s recordings.

Nelson was an early supporter of rock music, too, however, and played a role in The Beach Boys eventually signing with Capitol. The Beach Boys, in turn, would prove to be a huge influence on the Eagles who released their debut album in 1972.

No doubt there was also some of Buck’s country flowing through the Eagles’ music, and in 2012, a never-before-released EP surfaced of Buck Owens covering four songs by the Eagles.  That collection — Buck Sings Eagles — is your bonus pick of the day.

— Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb

CHUCK’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Eagles

Very Best Of The Eagles (2003)

Why I Love It

As a kid growing up in California, the Eagles were as much a part of my youth as just about any other musical act. It was pretty cool to be around that Los Angeles vibe as the band was taking flight in the 1970s. For me, it was love at first listen. There’s good reason that the Eagles still sell out arenas to this day. With incredible harmonies and some of the timeless songs ever recorded, they are tough to beat. With 33 tracks on two discs, this amazing compilation spans the Eagles’ incredible career as one of the most successful groups in rock and roll history. When listening to the entire collection, it’s mind-boggling how much great music came from one band. Plus, Don Henley, the late Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh had pretty huge solo careers. This compilation is a celebration of a band whose music will outlive all of us. When it comes to greatest hits packages, it’s as good as it gets.

Album Highlights

“Take It Easy,” “Desperado” and “Take it to the Limit”

Kendall on Chuck’s Album of the Day

This two-disc collection does a great job of assembling the Eagles biggest hits in one place while also digging a little deeper to give you some cuts you might not get on a standard one-disc hits compilation. And when it comes to the Eagles, more is definitely better.

KENDALL’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Buck Owens And His Buckaroos

Together Again/My Heart Skips A Beat (1964)

Why I Love It

This was the sound of my house on an early Saturday morning in the late ’70s growing up in East Texas.

My dad worked hard during the week at the Southland Distribution Center near Tyler, Texas, before spending most of the weekend in those days in his garden behind a roto-tiller. He was usually engaged in physical labor or some kind, but before he’d head out to work outside on weekends, you’d almost always hear his music drifting down the hall. It was a sign that the day had begun, and I’d join him for a while as he played his favorite records which included his big collection of Buck Owens’ records from the ’60s.

This is one of the greatest of those records with every track a standout in the classic Bakersfield honky-tonk tradition that Buck all but invented on his own.

Album Highlights

“Close Up The Honky Tonks,” “Over And Over Again” and “Together Again”

Chuck on Kendall’s Album of the Day

Today’s picks lined up pretty nicely with a California connection. Just like the Eagles, I was a fan of Buck Owens pretty much as soon as I was aware of music. The one-two punch of his great music and his starring role with Roy Clark on the television series “Hee-Haw” made Owens a household name when I was a kid. So much so that I got a toy replica of his famous red, white and blue guitar as a kid. This album is a great example of his distinctive style that is part of the Bakersfield Sound that I dearly love. I wish I could have seen Buck play live. He is absolutely one reason that I fell in love with music in the first place.

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