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Buck Owens-pre-stardom CD review-finding his voice

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katlaughing 30 Nov 11 - 02:01 PM
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Subject: Buck Owens-pre-stardom CD review
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Nov 11 - 02:01 PM

On Fresh Air, today, Ken Tucker reviewed a new CD called Buck Owens - Finding His Voice in Bakersfield. Here's the opening paragraph, well worth listening to, imo:

Buck Owens: Finding His Voice In 'Bakersfield'
by Ken Tucker

I'm not much for collections of alternate takes and the early music of people who went on to have hits. There's usually a reason a song doesn't become a hit, just as there's usually a reason to record another take — it's because the music is usually lousy. But I'm a little bit obsessed with a new collection of Buck Owens performances from the years before he became a star. It's a period when he tackled an impressive range of styles, and he was fitfully terrific in trying out these poses until he found the one that made him a commercial success in the 1960s, when he had the bulk of his 21 No. 1 hit singles, including 1963's "Love's Gonna Live Here."

More at the link above.

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Subject: RE: Buck Owens-pre-stardom CD review-finding his voice
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Nov 11 - 03:02 PM

Good article and an interesting album idea. I'm a shameless Buck Owens fan and moreover a serious Don Rich fan. This album covers years pre-Don of course but the "Bakersfield Sound" and the string of big hits came after Buck hired Don.

It was one of the more magical pairings that can so often elevate performers far beyond where they would have gone alone. Rich and Owens became very close and after Don was killed, Buck was never the same. He went through a long depression and although he continued on, there wasn't that same feeling. I think he enjoyed pairing in a bit of a comeback with Dwight Yoakam who was heavily influenced by Owens. They had a hit on "Streets of Bakersfield" which brought Buck back to some notice musically as most people had kind of forgotten thanks to "Hee-Haw."


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Subject: RE: Buck Owens-pre-stardom CD review-finding his voice
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Nov 11 - 03:58 PM

I agree, Spaw. I thought you might have an interest in this. Thanks a bunch.

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