This is music in the moment here. I'm discovering your bonus pick as we speak - an artist named Blaze Foley courtesy of my buddy Danny Van Dyke.
Foley's song "If I Could Only Fly" was covered by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson in the late '80s and again by Merle in 2000. Joe Nichols and Lee Ann Womack also performed it as a duet.
But Foley's stripped down acoustic version stands on its own. Your bonus pick of the day is the compilation "In Tribute And Loving Memory ... Volume One" featuring artists performing music by the singer-songwriter who passed away in 1989 at the age of 39.
- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb
CHUCK'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
My Chemical Romance
The Black Parade (2006)
Why I Love It
I had little knowledge of My Chemical Romance until this watershed concept album was released. Reminiscent of predecessors like The Who'sTommyand Pink Floyd'sThe Wall,The Black Paradetells the story of a patient battling cancer with introspect and memorable songs that stick in your head and your heart long after first listen. The album is a roller-coaster ride of emotions, which is no small feat. I'm every bit as in love with this record as the day it came into my life. For my money, "Teenagers" is one of the greatest anthems ever.
"Welcome to the Black Parade," "Teenagers" and "Disenchanted"
Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day
This is definitely album that wasn't on my radar before I gave it a spin, but it's one I'll spend some time with in the days to come. Chuck knows his "anthems" for sure, and I agree that "Teenagers" holds its own with some of the best. A great record to add to my collection.
KENDALL'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Flying Burrito Brothers
The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969)
Why I Love It
I'm a country-rocker to my soul, and if The Byrds' "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" is the template, then this album is the full realization of what Hillman and Parsons set out to create.
This is one of my favorite albums from any genre, and I think "Hot Burrito No. 1" is one of the best vocal performances of Gram Parsons' brief career.
This is also Chris Hillman's third appearance on my list counting The Byrds and The Desert Rose Band, and I also included a bonus pick of his work in The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. He's still make great records in the Americana tradition, and you can trace it all back through this album to The Byrds.
"Sin City," "My Uncle" and "Hot Burrito No. 1"
Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day
Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman picked up where they left off with the sound they helped create on The Byrds'Sweetheart of the Rodeowith a new band with a great name. This debut album proved that the country and folk fusion was no fluke. Today's two choices on our list are one of my favorite juxtapositions. It goes to show that great music is great music.