“I don’t really need to be remembered.
I hope the music’s remembered.”
~ Jeff Buckley
This week marks 18 years since Jeff Buckley died way to soon at the age of 30 in a tragic accident. If you’ve never heard of Jeff Buckley, I am very honored to introduce you to his music. Jeff was a 90’s Soulful Alt Rock, folky blues Singer/Songwriter/Musician. This guy was the trifecta of talent. I was so blessed to catch two of his shows in the 90’s; one in Tempe on Mill (can’t remember the name of the venue, tried to look it up, but it isn’t there anymore) and a place called “the Mint” in Los Angeles.
I believe Buckley would most likely be considered Americana these days, but I’ll have to check in with Twang Nation website owner and reigning #CMchattys #MustFollowWebsite engineer Baron Lane (who is supposed to be working on guest post for CMchatlive.com that I just can’t wait to see).
Before he died in 1997 he left us with Grace, a breathtaking and appropriately named album that belongs in every record collection. He will always be a legend but I can’t even imagine what would have happened if he was able to fulfill his incomparable potential. Listening to Grace is a spiritual experience everytime for me. It’s an album I listen to for a journey and when I need to make important decisions in my life. It’s hard to explain but if you love music like I do, you get it. Jeff has this intensely sexy, serene, angelic voice with an unequalled presence and he could wail on a guitar like Hendrix. His music was somewhat underappreciated at the time, but was wildly received by critics which helped him get a posthumous GRAMMY nod. It’s taken over a decade to for folks to completely realize what we lost in Buckley but he keeps on giving to us through his amazing music.
Here’s a Jeff Buckley playlist with songs from his album Grace