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 85.
The hardest part about making a connection today between our two picks started with the realization that Joy Lynn White is now 58 years old.
I’m trying to figure out where all the time went, because it seems like just yesterday that the two of us were getting acquainted with her album “Between Midnight and Hindsight” released in 1992 (Kendall’s pick of the day). Fourteen years later, we were both getting to know Chuck’s pick of the day, an album from Band of Horses titled “Everything All The Time.”
And now here we are yet another 14 years later, and it seems impossible that the 30-year-old White is now pushing 60, and Band of Horses is sneaking up on two decades together. But a new band still catches our ear now and then, and I’m digging the game played by Sports Team tonight, a band from The University of Cambridge that Chuck threw my way. Their debut album Deep Down Happy will give you something to smile about in 2020.
— Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb
CHUCK’S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Why I Love It
In 2006, I was music shopping at Tower Records on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas when I heard this amazing song playing over the store speakers. Then, another amazing song by the same artist came on. Before the third one started, I was at the front counter asking the clerk who I was listening to. That was my first exposure to Band of Horses. I have been a huge fan ever since. There’s a good reason the band is making its second appearance on our list. With an incredible raw sound, led by lead singer and primary songwriter Ben Bridwell, Band of Horses created a sound that is all its own on this debut album. The lyrics, while sometimes simple, are effective on every track and make for a special work of art. The songs, which are sequenced perfectly, are another great example of painting a picture of real life that oozes authenticity and jumps out at you through the speakers on first listen. My love for this album grows each and every time I listen to it. Talk about setting a high bar for a career.
“The Funeral,” “The Great Salt Lake” and “I Go to the Barn Because I Like The”
Kendall on Chuck’s Album of the Day
This is one of my favorite bands to emerge over the past 20 years, and I featured their second album “Cease To Begin” early in our countdown. Band of Horses is one of those bands I got from Chuck, and this album and the one I featured are equally appealing to me. It was basically a coin flip as I felt the second album showed their growth as a band, but in retrospect, I could have easily went with this one.
KENDALL’S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Why I Love It
Joy Lynn White seemed like the next big thing in country music when this debut dropped in 1992. Somehow, she never got higher than No. 45 with the song “True Confessions” featured here.
She would prove to be influential, however. A few short years later, the Dixie Chicks (now known as The Chicks) dipped into her catalog on multiple occasions covering the songs “Cold Day In July” and “Tonight The Heartache’s On Me.” You can hear White’s influence on lead Chick Natalie Maines’ vocals, and this under-the-radar pick remains one of my favorite country music albums from that era in the early ’90s. Country music was turning the page pushing aside its few remaining legends like Merle Haggard, George Jones and Conway Twitty to usher in a new crop of traditionalists like Garth Brooks, Clint Black, The Chicks, and others. It’s too bad that Joy Lynn White wasn’t one of the ones that got a shot at country radio.
“Little Tears,” “True Confessions” and “Cold Day In July”
Chuck on Kendall’s Album of the Day
While this isn’t an album I considered for my list, I love it. Kendall and I heard this album not long after its release and both dug it right away. The first time I heard Joy Lynn White’s beautiful voice on great songs like “Why Do I Feel So Good,” “Cold Day in July” and “It’s Amazing,” I thought she was well on her way to country superstardom. That never came to fruition, but it doesn’t take anything away from how great her debut album is. I’m glad that Kendall dug deep for this one and included it on our countdown.