Saturday, March 25, 2006
Buck Owens, 1929-2006
Buck's song is gone but not forgotten.
Buck Owens died today. He was 76. I always had a hard time reconciling the genius behind the mind-blowing country hits with the goofy guy on television's Hee Haw. The two personas seemed worlds apart. While Owens' patented Bakersfield sound will live forever, I fear that his musical contributions will be oversimplified in the days ahead. Owens kept mixing it up. Some of his songs, like the psychedelic "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass," would fit in nicely on the Byrds' Younger Than Yesterday. And his songwriting could be as odd as Roger Miller's, as on the "The Kansas City Song." How hip is this keyboard intro?