So the reason for my absence from these pages over the past couple of weeks is that I’ve been stranded in Lubbock, Texas, on account of my slightly more profitable day job. Suffice to say there’s not a lot going on down there, but one (the one) highlight is the Buddy Holly center. After spending a few hours there I learned a lot about the local native, who for a few brief years in the late 1950′s managed to capture the attention of audiences around the globe. His life tragically ended in a 1959 plane crash in an icy Iowan corn field. Buddy was only 22 at the time. While his career was cut tragically short during its apex, his music has served as an inspiration for rock and roll musicians ever since.
In a recent testament to this fact, 19 artists have combined to compile a tribute album of Buddy Holly covers. It is a star-studded list, spanning talents from Paul McCartney to Kid Rock, Florence and the Machine to Cee Lo Green. It is refreshing and engaging to hear these familiar names tackle tunes from a simpler time. You can stream the whole album after the cut.