One of the themes for this week’s Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop was so timely, and while certainly not specific to me, is indeed perfect for me: “List the top 5 musicians you would see in concert.”
So…I love – and pretty much live for – loud, live music. Bands and musicians spanning all the genres. Normal people go on vacations; I spend my disposable income on live music. Until Covid came along and canceled everything, that is. This summer/fall I was looking forward to be seeing Ministry, KMFDM, Motley Crue, Poison, Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Faith No More, Korn, Rammstein, Kenny Chesney, Slipknot, Rage Against The Machine, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, The Killers, Iron Maiden, My Chemical Romance, Foo Fighters, and so, so, so many more. Now, I didn’t have tickets for all of these shows (thank goodness!), and there is no way I could have seen them all. But I was still looking forward to seeing them, and would have made as many of them happen as I possibly could!
For the intents and purposes of this post, I am only going to focus on bands/artists that I haven’t seen yet, and I won’t be including any that have died or otherwise are not touring anymore. I’m also providing h a video playlist of one of my favorite songs by each artist (there may or may not be repeat shares of some songs, as I can’t really remember what I’ve posted on Music Mondays in the past.)
Chris Stapleton – “Broken Halos”
I really like everything I’ve heard by him, but this will probably always be my favorite. And it’s impossible to NOT sing along!
Zac Brown Band – “Jump Right In”
Another band that I just really love everything I’ve ever heard by them. If you’re not already familiar with this band, their music is definitely country and a lot of it is beautiful and sometimes sad. But they also have a pretty decent amount of reggae-inspired/tropical/beachy/island/vacation music. It’s all good to me, but I prefer the beachy music to the rest.
Dwight Yoakam – “Fast As You”
Dwight Yoakam was really popular when I was a young adult and mostly still into metal, grunge, and alternative. I was also making fun of friends for being into Billy Ray Cyrus, and I didn’t “get” much country music at that time (Garth Brooks being the exception because, let’s face it, his music was so relatable it transcended genres and generations), but then I heard Dwight for the first time. In 1992, my place of employment was obsessed with the Honeymoon In Vegas soundtrack, and I fell so hard for Dwight’s version of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.” It was exactly the kind of country I swore I couldn’t stand – twangy, old school, maybe whiny? (but in the very best way!), and I started paying attention after that. He did not disappoint.
So, this list is officially mostly country artists. Partly because the list only calls for five, but also because I’ve managed to see most of the rock bands I love. I do have a few that I sill haven’t seen, though, so here they are.
Chevelle – “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)”
This is one of those bands who (to me) sounds like no other band today. Someone commented under one of their YouTube videos that Chevelle is probably one of, if not THE, most slept-on bands of the past several years, and I have to agree. They’ve been around for a good while now, and they haven’t put out a bad album yet. Still, they’re nowhere near as well-known or popular as I think they should be!
Jack White – “Lazaretto”
What can I say? This man is a genius. BRILLIANT. Seriously, can he even do anything wrong? Loved him with The White Stripes. The Raconteurs. The Dead Weather. All of his various other collaborations. And of course, his solo stuff. Since I’m a fellow re-upholsterer of furniture (well, I’m currently learning as I go, but Jack is the real deal), I’m religiously stalking Third Man Upholstery on Instagram for inspiration, ideas, and knowledge. Jack White doesn’t know it, but I am declaring myself his student.
So what concerts are YOU looking forward to seeing when this pandemic is over?