My Old Soul Music Bucket List

If you’ve been a long-time reader on Buzzard’s Beat this post will make perfect sense and not surprise you in the least. My love of witty, meaningful lyrics, mellow harmonies and true musical talent (not T-Swift or Luke Bryan) comes up in blog posts a lot.

I constantly tell my friends and family I was born in the wrong decade. I think I should have been a late 60’s early -70’s baby. That’s when real music was happening. I am positive I am not the only person who feels this way – many of my friends are also classic country junkies, although not many (only one that I can think of) adore classic rock as much as I do. Although I do enjoy Texas country and some current mainstream country, (think Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum) my heart lies with the classics. For example, I cannot count the miles I traveled on the way to rodeos with this guy’s tunes blaring out of the truck speakers:

Bob Seger - classic rock n' roll superstar

George Jones passed away a little over a week ago and I’m still struggling with being mopey about it. I feel like a part of my soul has been taken from me. The generation of artists that Jones represents still believed in real lyrical genius, harmony and not caving to radio pressure *I’m looking at you Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch (seriously, She Cranks My Tractor????) and Kip Moore – tsk tsk*

George Jones - country music legend -
George Jones – photo credit

The passing of George really opened my eyes to the fact that a generation of musicians who were the soundtrack to my childhood, adolescence and adult life are not only fading away from the spotlight but are also passing on to the next life. It’s depressing and makes me want to rewind my life – I’m nostalgic. I can’t help it. I have watched the video of Vince Gill and Patty Loveless singing “Go Rest High on That Mountain” at The Possum’s funeral more times than I care to count and I think the only time we’ve ever seen Alan Jackson remove his hat while singing was during his rendition of “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” The entire situation is heartwrenching.

So, one of my new goals in life is to see the following artists on tour before contemporary radio chokes them out of society and they’re forgotten forever by the enthusiastic audience of Top 40 country.

The Eagles rock band - classic rockIn no particular order of preference:
The Eagles – Oct. 2013
— Bob Seger
— Garth Brooks
Journey – July 2014
— Merle Haggard
George Strait – January 2014
— Sammy Kershaw
Steve Miller Band – July 2014
— Lynyrd Skynyrd
— Doug Stone
— Willie Nelson
— Reba McEntire
Kansas – September 2013, August 2014

— Alan Jackson

— Vince Gill
— Billy Joel
Boston – August 2014

Had I written this list a few months ago (that’s how long I’ve had this blog post on the brain), I would have had George Jones’ name on it – I’m even more saddened by the fact I was going to get to see him at the Ohio State Fair in August this year.

Willie Nelson - classic country artist

What are your favorite bands? Have I forgotten to put someone important on the list? I’m sure I’ll add names to it – my lists tend to grow over time.

Until next time,
~ Buzzard ~



6 responses to “My Old Soul Music Bucket List”

  1. The stuff in this post is one of many reasons we are such good friends. You know the music of my soul…and a lot of it sounds freakishly similar to the Eagles, Garth Brooks, Syknyrd, George Strait, and Kansas…

  2. Seeing Willie in July at a local county fair! So stoked!

  3. I'm glad to see that our generation isn't lost in terms of music. Have fun Robin!

    I'm going to see Kansas and Skynyrd at the Kansas State Fair, Steve Miller will be at the Ohio State Fair. Hope to catch Seger and The Eagles on tour next year. And am DEFINITELY catching George before the end of his Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

  4. Great minds think alike, Brandi! I too was born a bit late. In the last two years I've become a huge Iron Maiden fan. I saw a documentary on TV and I was sold. I've come full circle from not being able to sleep at my cousin's house because of the Iron Maiden album artwork on the wall to having huge respect for the band. A lot of these classic bands are still putting out new albums. Maiden won a Grammy two years ago with their latest! Last summer I went to Chicago to take Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, and Styx all in one shot. What a blast!

  5. Love George Strait!

  6. TFL – I bet that concert in Chicago was bangin!

    Me too Katyln!