Yesterday we got word that country firebrand Sturgill Simpson had been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Simpson got his positive test results back after a month with no symptoms, but in early March he was hospitalized with chest pains, a fever and pre-stroke blood pressure levels.
He's now in quarantine since he just recently tested despite being symptom-free since that early bout with the virus in March.
Simpson is one of those artists who's simultaneously under-the-radar and, yet, capable of filling arenas on tour. His progressive country style has mostly been ignored by country radio, but ironically, he's found success with modern rock and Triple-A audiences. Your bonus pick today is Simpson's 2016 release "A Sailor's Guide to Earth.
- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb
CHUCK'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
Why I Love It
This is another one that would be on my top-10 list of all-time greatest albums. From start to finish, it is a flawless record. Each of these songs grab you and take up permanent residence in your brain. I was lucky enough to see Simon and Garfunkel in Dallas (with the Everly Brothers, no less) in 2004, and they played eight of the 11 tracks off this album.
"Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Baby Driver" and "The Only Living Boy in New York"
Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day
I'm so glad Chuck found room for these guys on his list. This was one of two albums along with "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" that I considered for my list. I'm comfortable with my selections, but on any given day, one of these probably would have made the cut.
KENDALL'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
London Calling (1979)
Why I Love It
I grew up about as far removed from punk music as a soul could possibly be. Raised behind the Pine Curtain of East Texas in the early '80s, there weren't many outlets that would expose you to the music of bands like The Clash, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols.
But there were weird undercurrents of punk music flowing through the roots rock of the mid-80's. Cowpunk outfits like The Blasters and Jason & The Scorchers were on my radar, and by the time I got to college, the punk-metal hybrid known as "grunge" was taking over in the form of bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Even Uncle Tupelo, which was credited with giving rise to the Americana movement, was playing their own unique version of punk-country. Eventually my curiosity led me to explore the roots, and I landed on "London Calling," one of my favorite records to drive to when I'm out on the road. An iconic cover, and the perfect name for a punk-rock band.
"London Calling," "Jimmy Jazz" and "Death Or Glory"
Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day
It was tough to whittle my list to 100 records. I think this one was probably No. 101. What a phenomenal album with some all-time great songs. Excellent choice.