THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND
Buck Owens took country music to levels that it had never been in the 1960′s, He and his band The Buckaroos took the world by storm selling out venues worldwide, a lot of the places that Buck Owens played were before only played by Rock n Roll or Pop groups. Buck Owens music has influenced so many in the music industry , and it’s too many to mention, but a few that were influenced were the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, Curt Cobain and Nirvana to Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley and so many young country stars of the last 25 years.
Buck defined the Bakersfield sound with his hard driving Fender Telecaster guitars and a steady up tempo drumbeat, plus Tom Brumley on his legendary steel guitar. Along with Buck Owens, the original Buckaroos were Don Rich, Doyle Holly, Willie Cantu and Tom Brumley, this band is recognized as the greatest 5 piece band in country music history and maybe music history.
They played Carnegie hall in New York City, The White House in Washington D.C and all over Asia and Europe, Buck Owens was huge in The British Isles, London and the Netherlands were places he had a tremendous following. He recorded live albums in Scandinavia, Japan, New Zealand, The White House, Carnegie Hall to name a few….and the last live album he and the Buckaroos was in Bakersfield, California with the Symphony Orchestra. Buck Owens will always be remembered for his show stopping live shows….He loved to play in front of his home town people in Bakersfield at the Crystal Palace, people from all over the world would travel to Bakersfield to see him perform right up until the night he passed away. The last song he sang was one of his favorites ” Big in Vegas’.
The modern day Buckaroos are still carrying on the tradition at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace playing with Bucks son, Buddy Alan Owens. Jim Shaw, Terry Christofferson and Doyle Curtsinger are the 3 that were with Buck close to 40 years and they are amazing musicians and singers. Put in on your bucket list to visit the history of the Bakersfield Sound at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace, if you plan your trip at the right time, you may be able to catch a concert by one of the biggest names in country, or music in general, that stop in and play the stage that Buck Owens made famous!