Reflection on Buck Owens

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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.