Whether it’s a railing, electric solo that makes listeners want to break out their best air guitar, a stripped-down acoustic rhythm that’s vital to a song’s foundation or a twang-fueled riff that fills up the honky-tonk dance floor, the guitar is the star of countless iconic country songs.
This Saturday the KNUE "Gold Rush" will pay tribute to country legends Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Kris Kristofferson, and the late Buck Owens. These guys will be receiving country's most prestigious awards from the Academy of Country Music this Sunday.
He’s a legend today, but Buck Owens wasn’t born into country music royalty — in fact, he struggled for years as a session musician and performer, releasing a series of little-known recordings for smaller labels.
Next month, thanks to a compilation scheduled for release by Rockbeat Records, fans will get a new chance to hear some of Owens’ earliest recordings for themselves.