The life of a musician does not come with an expiration date. Nashville's Buzz Cason is a perfect example. He's now 74 years old but in some ways is still just 16.
Unlike most musicians, his career didn't start in a garage with a band of friends. It was a living room in Nashville's Inglewood neighborhood 60 years ago.
Hit songs and even a connection to The Beatles are part of Cason's everlasting musical story with a new record out and a nationwide summer tour on the way.
"Troubadour Heart is the story of guys like myself, who travel around playing mainly for love of it - not a whole lot of money, but just love to travel and love to play for folks," Cason said.
It's a concept that never got old. Cason began performing as a boy in the 1950s and created a buzz on stage that came with an even better nickname.
"'The Father of Nashville Rock and Roll' is what we were: the first rock and roll band in Nashville," he said.
That led to life in post-Buddy Holly band the Crickets and a career in songwriting. Cason wrote songs recorded by groups like Pearl Jam and U2.
But one ditty, Soldier of Love, has the best story of all.
"We wrote that song in Belle Meade, and it's probably the only R&B song ever written in Belle Meade," Cason said.
It would find its way to Liverpool, which Cason first found out about from a phone call 30 years after the Fab 4 recorded it.
"'Listen to this,' and he put it on and it was John Lennon singing, and I said, 'Could that possibly be who I think it is?' He said, 'It sure as hell is,'" Cason said, laughing.
The Beatles saw something in Cason, and so, too, did Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Placido Domingo. All of them sang the songs that Buzz Cason has written throughout his nearly six-decades-long career.
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