Country Pickin': The Don Rich Anthology

Country Pickin': The Don Rich Anthology

by Don Rich
     
 

It's hard to imagine Buck Owens and the Buckaroos' seminal '60s recordings without the effortlessly inventive guitar work and spookily soulful harmonies of Owens's longtime sidekick Don Rich, whose economical, expressive playing was not only a crucial element of Owens's music, but a cornerstone of the twangy, rockabilly-influenced Bakersfield country sound that Owens…  See more details below

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It's hard to imagine Buck Owens and the Buckaroos' seminal '60s recordings without the effortlessly inventive guitar work and spookily soulful harmonies of Owens's longtime sidekick Don Rich, whose economical, expressive playing was not only a crucial element of Owens's music, but a cornerstone of the twangy, rockabilly-influenced Bakersfield country sound that Owens helped to pioneer. Country Pickin' is a long-overdue 24-track compilation drawn mainly from the Buckaroos' own '60s albums that shines a flattering spotlight on the self-effacing sideman's remarkable talents. While he proves an engaging lead vocalist on sturdy tunes like "I'm Goin' Back Home Where I Belong" and "Love's Gonna Come a Knockin'," Rich truly lets loose on the instrumentals. "Chicken Pickin'," "Chaparral," and "Aw Heck" showcase his subtly superlative axework, while "Orange Blossom Special" and "Buckersfield Breakdown" feature his equally impressive, if lesser known, fiddle skills. Listening to these tracks, it's not hard to understand why Owens all but ended his recording career after Rich died in a 1974 motorcycle accident, just shy of his 33rd birthday.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Don Rich didn't release records under his own name. He led the Buckaroos, Buck Owens' stellar supporting band, giving Owens an expert collaborator, colleague, and musical foil. Owens is quoted in the liner notes to Sundazed's stellar Country Pickin': The Don Rich Anthology: "I think my musical life ended when his did," he says, referring to his distinct lack of interest in music following Rich's tragic death in a motorcycle accident in 1974. He may very well be right, since this collection proves that Rich pushed Owens to great heights, and was a magnificent guitarist and fine vocalist in his own right. Owens occasionally gave Rich a song to sing on his albums, plus the Buckaroos released their own records. This 24-track collection draws from these songs and, while there are no revelations, per se -- if you know Buck Owens' music, you know what you're going to get -- it's still a pleasant, mild shock to discover these collected as a piece, since Rich's talents as a guitarist not only shine forth, but he sounds as if he could have had hits on his own accord with his warm, friendly voice. True, the songs, apart from the theme song "Buckaroo," aren't as good as Owens' hits of the '60s, but they're solid, respectable songs, delivered handsomely by Don Rich & the Buckaroos. So, Country Pickin' might not be a lost classic, but it's fine listening and an appropriate, loving testament to one of the finest guitarists and musicians of his time.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/19/2000
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771109125
catalogNumber:
11091
Rank:
80008

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Rich   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Buck Owens   Guitar
Red Simpson   Guitar
Bob Morris   Electric Bass
Jerry Wiggins   Drums
Wayne Wilson   Guitar
Willie Cantu   Drums
Doyle Holly   Guitar
Jay McDonald   Steel Guitar
Kenny Pierce   Electric Bass
Ken Presley   Drums
Jelly Sanders   Guitar
Doyle Singer   Bass

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Arranger,Producer,Graphic Design
Ken Nelson   Producer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Mastering

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