Ruby & Other Bluegrass Specials

Ruby & Other Bluegrass Specials

by Buck Owens
     
 
1971 was a good year for Buck Owens to try new things. Early in the year, he released an album of folk-rock tunes featuring covers of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan compositions, and a few months later he headed back into the roots of country music with this set of classic bluegrass tunes. While many of the performances

Overview

1971 was a good year for Buck Owens to try new things. Early in the year, he released an album of folk-rock tunes featuring covers of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan compositions, and a few months later he headed back into the roots of country music with this set of classic bluegrass tunes. While many of the performances on Ruby & Other Bluegrass Specials might ruffle the feathers of bluegrass purists with the presence of drums, electric bass, backing choruses, and the occasional presence of organ and piano, there's no arguing that Buck and this lineup of the Buckaroos tear into these ten tracks with the enthusiasm of true fans. Ron Jackson's rollicking banjo anchors these sessions, and the great Don Rich shows he was as strong a hand on the fiddle as he was on electric guitar, while Buck sings with a passion and joy that gives these songs plenty of life. And while "Rocky Top," "Uncle Pen," and "Salty Dog Blues" are practically clichés of bluegrass today, Owens treats them like the bedrock of acoustic country (which they are), and at a time when bluegrass occupied the lowest rungs of the country music circuit, this tribute to the music's joy and strength is both great listening and an affirmation of country's roots at a time when Nashville was making its first steps into the mainstream.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771621528
catalogNumber:
6215
Rank:
237007

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buck Owens   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Tom Brumley   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bob Morris   Bass
Don Rich   Fiddle,Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Shaw   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Group Member
Doyle Curtsinger   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Jerry Wiggins   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Ron Jackson   Banjo
Willie Cantu   Drums
Doyle Holly   Bass
Jelly Sanders   Fiddle
Ron Jackson   Banjo,Group Member

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Lee Furr   Engineer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
John Hoernle   Cover Design

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