Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics

Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics

by Buck Owens


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Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics

Arriving less than a year after the gigantic Bear Family set covering Buck Owens' complete Capitol recordings of 1969-1975, Omnivore's 2013 collection Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics offers something unavailable and unexpected from the same period: a collection of 18 classic country covers Buck & the Buckaroos cut for Hee Haw during its heyday in the early '70s. These were recorded for use in the show, but the idea was that Buck would lay down a scratch vocal and then sing live during the show, so these specific versions, containing rough vocals from Owens, have never been heard before. "Rough" is a bit of a misleading description, actually, as it suggests that Buck tossed off these vocals, which is hardly the case. Owens was at his peak as a professional entertainer, as were the Buckaroos, so they played these songs with ease and no small sense of panache. Sometimes, this professionalism can read as slickness -- there is just a glimpse of show biz gloss to "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water" and "My Bucket's Got a Whole in It" -- but part of the appeal of this collection is hearing how Buck & the Buckaroos can kick out such entertaining versions of well-known songs with little effort. Plus, they always sound like themselves: there may be no great reinterpretation of these largely shopworn songs, but the band doesn't ape the original recordings, either. They simply lay back and cut into a bunch of great standards (Johnny Russell's "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer" qualifies as one of the rare songs that is lost to time, but it's fun to hear here) and it's tremendous fun to listen to the band play. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewne

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2013
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651013050
catalogNumber: 101305
Rank: 43419

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buck Owens   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Don Rich   Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Shaw   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Doyle Curtsinger   Bass,Background Vocals
Jerry Wiggins   Drums
Jana Jae   Fiddle
Buddy Alan Owens   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Ronnie Jackson   Banjo
Don Lee   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Johnny Horton   Composer
Buck Owens   Producer
Hank Snow   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Jack Guthrie   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Joe Allison   Composer
Joe Babcock   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Wayland Holyfield   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Bob McDill   Composer
Lee Ross   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Randy Poe   Liner Notes
Tex Grimsley   Composer
Jimmy Louis   Composer
Howard Hausey   Composer
Glenn Martin   Composer
Bryan George   Licensing
Jimmy Rodgers   Composer
David Kirby   Composer
Sandra Smith   Composer
Mort Melshee   Composer
Ivy J. Bryant   Composer
Cliff Grimsley   Composer
Chuck Neese   Composer

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