Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Straight Outa Bakersfield

Buck Owens.

Those he don't kill, he cripples up some.


Rob said...

Listening to Buck and the Buckaroos on my laptop sounds about the same as the AM radio did when I was a kid.

teresa said...

Listening to Buck on my netbook sounds about the same as the transistor radio I used to take to the beach.

Andy said...

What a under rated artist. Most folk my age only remember Hee Haw and the corn pone humor.

Buck was a serious honky tonk legend. Don Rich was just as fierce - and brave for wearing the super pastel Nudie suits with extra rhinestones.

I would have loved to been able to see them in nasty old Bakersfield in the early days.

And Bakersfield is still nasty. Hideous in fact.

Tom Francis said...

Check out that Fender "No-Caster" guitar - know what that guitar would be worth today? :>)

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Everyone- Thanks for reading and commenting.

Hi Tom- 1950s era Telecasters go for big bread.

Tom Francis said...

I know. I have a '66 Fender Strat tobacco sunburst hard tail (no whammy bar)w/tweed hard case - last time I checked, it was worth around $17,000 or thereabouts.

The real killer though is my '65 red Telecaster. I didn't know they only made a limited number with the candy apple red body. I haven't been able to get an actual value, but I have been offered a new Ted Megus "Athena" arch top in quilted maple plus a Hammond B3 with Leslie plus a '66 Fender Jazzmaster in mint condition for it.

Trust me- I thought about it only for the Ted Megus. :>)

Gordon said...

I learned some interesting things about Buck Owens a while back. His recording studio used ordinary car radio speakers, because Buck knew most country fans listened on AM, and he wanted the sound to be the best it could be in that medium. He also owned a radio station, and he pointed out that most people have the wrong idea about radio. He said that radio wasn't in the music business, it was in the advertising business.

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Gordon- Thanks for reading and commenting.

As I understand it, that was a fairly widely-used technique in sound mixing in the sixties. I've read that Motown, and Phil Specter used to do that too.

Buck was right about the nature of radio, wasn't he?