Happy Trails Buck Owens
Buck Owens, one of the greats in country music rode off into the sunset. The family has reported that Buck died at his home in Bakersfield
in his sleep. Buck died only hours after doing a gig at his Crystal Palace there in Bakersfield. Buck was 76 years old and still pickin'.
Bakersfield cowboys Merle Haggard and Buck Owens pic on Merle's
buss before they head backstage where Buck gives Bob Dylan one
of his famous guitars. (pic by Buffalo Standley)
Learning of Mr. Owens's death on Saturday, Mr. Haggard said: "Buck and I are from the same town. We've been in many battles together, always on the same side." He added: "Over the last few years, we'd become closer than we ever realized; he even flew up to Portland to see me when I opened for Dylan last year. We were outlaws together."
We had the great opportunity to spend some time with Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan some months back. You can see
more on this historic time by checking out BOB DYLAN AND MERLE HAGGARD TOUR
Buck is known for hits like "Act Natrually" and "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line," "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "Together Again" and "Love's
Gonna Live Here," and crossed over with "Cryin Time." Buck also was co-host of "Hee Haw," a long running TV show that set some
of the standards for music and comedy programs.
I had plans to do an interview with Buck for some work that I was doing on a documentary Merle Haggard. Owens and Haggard are
the leaders of the music that became known as the "Bakersfield" sound, that influenced the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Gram Parsons to
Brad Pasley. A Texas, Buck was said to have been part of the "Dust Bowl" migration from Texas and Oklahoma. They ended up
settling in Bakersfield, and had his start in the local music scene in a honky-tonk band called the Orange Blossom Playboys.
His wife Bonnie Owens, who performed with Buck later married Merle Haggard...there is a song in this somewhere...
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