Fans of 2-year-old country-rock band R Buckle Road have a lot of reasons to be excited. For one thing, the band has a new release slated for November. For another, fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the group in action—including one this Saturday, Aug. 10, at Schmidy’s Tavern, 72286 Highway 111 in Palm Desert. The music is slated to begin at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. For a complete list of shows, find the band’s Facebook page. The band’s Greg Vincent, of Bermuda Dunes, was kind enough to take The Lucky 13 quiz—and here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Molly Hatchet and the Outlaws.

What was the first album you owned?

Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Blackberry Smoke, Jamey Johnson, and R Buckle Road

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Hip hop is “dope,” apparently … so says my son Jake. I don’t really get it, but every once in a while, it kinda works.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin or Hank Sr.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

The ’80s’ long list of one-hit wonders is always great!

What’s your favorite music venue?

Red Rocks (Amphitheatre in Colorado) is my dream stage

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

They come and go, but I just wrote a song called “Let’s Do This.” It’s pretty stuck right now. Please make it go away. 🙂

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Lynyrd Skynyrd. “Tuesday’s Gone” made me want to learn how to play a guitar.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I’d ask Ronnie Van Zant how he stumbled into “Free Bird.” It doesn’t get much better than that.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Tuesday’s Gone” will work at my fun-eral.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

One More From the Road, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Willie Nelson’s Greatest Hits (and Some That Will Be) is a very close second.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Wow, I wish it was Nov. 15. R Buckle Road has a live record droppin’ … and I’d say anything off of that! But until then? “Can’t You See” from the Marshall Tucker Band … that one makes you feel good! (Scroll down to hear it.)

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Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...