Links and Quotes on Buck Owens

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

"Mr. Owens performed his last show at his Dinner Theatre 'The Crystal Palace' with us Friday March 24, 2006. Although it was a quieter show than normal, Buck gave all he could as he has done several times in the last few weeks. Normally he played Don Rich's fiddle as a part of the show, Friday he did not. I knew he wouldn't be back for our show on Saturday, I told him I loved him and to go home a get well. Those were my last words to the man who has watched over me, worked beside me, laughed and joked with me and shared the one love that makes us all spark, our music. I will miss my friend dearly, but will never forget him."
--Kim McAbee-Only female member of the Buckaroos

"He wrote it with Harlan Howard," Evans told CMT Radio during an interview Monday (March 27). "Because I recorded that song, I was able to meet him and sing with him in his dressing room. But before that, I always loved Buck Owens. I grew up listening to him, of course, and had seen him on Hee Haw. He's just a legend, and it's really, really a sad loss to the world."
--Sara Evans

My friend Buck Owens was one of a kind. A larger than life music legend who reinvented country music, epitomized musicianship, and was the inspiration for countless artists including the Beatles. He loved to become friends with other musicians and loved to pass advice on to young guys like me. He was very giving of his talents and wisdom. If any good can come from his passing, I hope that it's a renewed interest in his achievements, and more importantly, his incredible "Bakersfield" sound. He deserves to be remembered as one of the most important artists in all of music history. Thank you Buck for everything. I will miss you terribly.
--Brad Paisley

Reflection on Buck Owens

What sad news. It always is difficult to think about the passing of the legends of country music. In my past 12 years or so of writing, it is always one of the hardest things for me to prepare. So many thoughts come to mind about the artist. Whether its a song that I love, something about their personality, or their impact on country music... It is always hard to think about that this is the end of the road for that particular artist.

With the passing of Buck, it was even more difficult than some. The memories for me go back to my elementary school days of watching HeeHaw with my parents and loving it, unlike some kids. I'll never forget that red, white, and blue guitar I loved seeing every week on the show. In a more recent memory, I can remember standing in front of the display case at the Country Music Hall of Fame just looking and appreciating that guitar.

Buck Owens did so much for the music. He brought the sound of Bakersfield to so very many. He made the world know that country music didn't just have to come from Nashville to succeed. I could go on and on about his music and the songs of his that I dearly love to this day.

I could go on and on. I really could. However, the most important thing to keep in mind is that even though he may have died, his music certainly hasn't.

Comedy and Country

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Ok. I know it has been way too long since I posted last. But honestly, I couldn't really think of something to post. Writers Block is not a good thing when you run a newsletter, website, and a blog... oh well. Thankfully, I have actually have something to say. It's a bit of a lesson for you. So, guys especially, listen carefully.

Do not play Ron White's new CD while attempting to shave. Yes, this was from experience. No, I do not suggest that you try it too. You see, White's delivery ends with a great one-line punch line. He is so funny that you will attempt to laugh with shaving cream on your upper lip that will be snorted up your nostril. It isn't pleasant. Luckily I stopped laughing in time and noticed what was going on in order to prevent the closing of the nasal passage and not being able to breathe. That wouldn't have been good.

ok... ladies you can join back in with us...
Ron White is a leader among the comedic acts out there. Country music and comedy acts have a deep history together. Just think about one of country music's greatest icons... Minnie Pearl. The Opry continues to this day feature comedy acts, of country theme. Bluegrass star Mike Snider has a great sense of humor and is always sharing funny stories, Bubba T. Bechtol also makes appearances on the famous stage. Then of course there is the rest of the Blue Comedy group... Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy.

All of these artists have something in common, for the most part, aside from their country life style. Their comedy, for the most part, is clean for all ages. Sure some of it deals with topics of adult nature, but its in a mature way and not what I would call offensive. Come to think of it, just like country music. Adult themes come up for sure in songs, however, the material is not delivered in an offensive nature but rather to share a view or a experience in life.

Thank goodness for comedy, country style and country music to be able to be enjoyed by all ages.