As of mid-day, we still don't have any recent updates on John Prine. We remain hopeful he's improving and that the lack of updates are just to be sure that any progress is real.
We are also following the case of Ray Benson, the frontman for Asleep At The Wheel who announced yesterday that he had tested positive for the virus. Mr. Benson didn't share any details about the severity of his case, but in honor of the Western Swing icon, we thought we'd share some of his music today as a bonus pick.
In fact, Asleep At The Wheel's 1999 album "Ride With Bob" actually made my list of finalists for our countdown although I eventually had to trim it from the list. The album was a tribute to the music of Bob Wills, and featured a roster of guest artists and musicians that included Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Dwight Yoakam, Dixie Chicks, Lee Ann Womack, Reba McEntire, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, Clay Walker, Tim McGraw, Clint Black, Willie Nelson and others. It's worth your time, and so is saying a prayer or two for Mr. Benson as he battles this killer virus.
Finally, as we were kicking off this countdown about a week ago, there was also news that Jackson Browne had tested positive for the coronavirus. He said at the time he only had a mild case, and the latest news there is that he is almost fully recovered. Yesterday, he shared a new song that has a timely message that we all should hear.
We'll share an album by Mr. Browne in our bonus picks in the days to come. In the meantime, we've got two more selections today that we hope you'll enjoy as we all hunker down at home and try to get through the worst of this.
- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb
CHUCK'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977)
Why I Love It
I'm not going to lie — I am not the biggest disco fan in the world. But greatness is greatness. This collection launched the Bee Gees into the stratosphere with five No. 1 hits. Five! Throw in some KC and the Sunshine Band and Kool and the Gang and you have an all-time classic record that every music fan should hear. I owned this one on 8-track.
"Stayin' Alive," "You Should Be Dancing" and "A Fifth of Beethoven."
Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day
What a joy it was to hear this record again after many years. It is one that I don't think to pull up and listen to, and honestly it had been a long time. But this album represents one of those pop culture moments that affected just about everybody at the time. And that album cover is one of the iconic images from that era.
KENDALL'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
The Black Crowes
Shake Your Money Maker (1990)
Why I Love It
Just as hair bands and pop metal were giving way to grunge and alternative rock, The Black Crowes dropped this classic rock throwback on the record-buying public at the beginning of 1990.
It somehow managed to sound out of place and perfectly in synch with the times simultaneously - a giant rock-and-roll middle finger in the face of everything else that was happening in pop music at the time. Indeed, the Crowes used the Stones' classic sound as a blueprint for their own debut record, but they were anything but imitators. Sturdy originals like "Jealous Again" and "She Talks To Angels" sounded right at home alongside a cover of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle." That's a testament to the band's own ability to craft a song before they ever got to the studio, and the fact that the end result brought their idols to mind doesn't in any way diminish the final product. On the contrary, it enhanced one undeniable fact; this is one of the greatest classic rock records made since the genre's heyday in the 1970's.
"Twice As Hard," "Jealous Again" and "She Talks To Angels"
Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day
Great pick. This one was almost on my list, too. As much as I love the big hits on this album, I especially enjoy cranking up "Twice as Hard" while I'm driving on the interstate. That's how you open a great album.