Music is so readily available today that most people can pull off, in seconds, recordings of historic concerts like Johnny Cash at the San Quentin, Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and more.
But nothing compares to the thrill of seeing it live.
Unfortunately, many of these great musical icons have passed away, leaving us only what was recorded, immortalized forever on tape, vinyl and the web.
But if you could launch Doc Brown’s Delorean, accelerate to 88mph, and take off to the front row of a live show… where would you go?
According to an interview with Audacy’s Rob + Hollydoes the great Chris Stapleton have a few artists in mind that he would like to see:
“I never saw Aretha Franklin live and I always regretted her recent passing. You make these plans, you say, “I’ll visit him when he comes over next year” or I’ll see that person… and then you lose a lot of history musically in the last few years.
It would have been cool to see the Beatles in their entirety. I’ve never seen Waylon Jennings play or Johnny Cash, none of those guys… I’ve seen Haggard play and I’ve played a few shows with Haggard and Willie.
I haven’t seen the Rolling Stones but it’s on the list and I keep wanting to see the Rolling Stones but I just couldn’t make it.”
Well Chris I’ve seen the Rolling Stones live (thanks for the tix Whiskey Myers) and I’ll tell you what… Mick and Keith and boys still rock it. Be sure to get the calendar as soon as possible.
But overall, I can’t say I disagree with Chris’ choices here…and you know he’s got that big, booming, soulful voice…makes sense he’d want to see the Queen Of Soul.”
So that begs the question… who would you like to go back in time and see?
Jamey Johnson & Chris Stapleton’s cover of Waylon Jennings “Luckenbach, Texas”
What a duo.
Two country powerhouses performed at a benefit show in Nashville at No. 3 and Lindsley in 2020 Chris Stapleton and James Johnson teamed up for a rendition of Waylon Jennings’ Hit “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to Love’s Basics)”.
They gave it a slightly soulful, bluesy touch and slowed down the production compared to the original, but it just doesn’t get any better than hearing Jamey and Chris sing together in my book.
“Luckenbach” was written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons and recorded by the only one Waylon Jennings, along with some vocal support from his friend Willie in the official studio version. Waylon released it as the lead single from him in April 1977 Old Waylon Album.
The song shot to #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, but actually Waylon hated the track and disliked singing his own name in the lyrics.
Waylon himself said in his 1996 autobiography: Waylon: An Autobiographyhowever, he believed the song was so successful for one simple reason:
“Every state has a Luckenbach; a place to get away from it all.”
Because of me…
“Luckenbach” became a country standard and one of Waylon’s biggest hits, and is loved by generations of country fans to this day.
And I know the song wasn’t Waylon’s favorite, but I’d like to think he would have at least loved this cover… pure and simple country perfection from two of the best in the business:
And while you’re here, check out the live version of The Highwaymen’s epic American Outlaws: Live at the Nassau Coliseum Exhibition 1990:
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