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Tag: Buck Owens and the Buckaroos

"Steel Guitar Rag"

(Please Not) “Steel Guitar Rag”

Just when you thought you couldn’t take another version of “Steel Guitar Rag” — a song that is widely attributed to Leon McAuliffe but is actually an adaptation of Sylvester Weaver‘s “Guitar Rag” from 1927 [as noted by Deke Dickerson in his Merle Travis biography, Sixteen Tons] — this 1959

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"Four Wheel Drive"

Zero to Infinity: Buddy Emmons

This week we said goodbye to Buddy Emmons, one of the world’s great musicians and subject of three prior Zero to 180 pieces.  Here is but a *45-second live demonstration (beginning to end) of Buddy Emmons’ singular genius with the pedal steel guitar: “Four Wheel Drive” (live) Buddy Emmons (1965)

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"I've Got a Happy Heart"

“I’ve Got a Happy Heart”: Love’s Bullet-Proof Armor

Yesterday’s piece about Mayf Nutter included a link to the January 13, 1973 edition of Billboard, that happened to feature an adjacent news item naming all the artists who played with Buck Owens at a recent Christmas event in Bakersfield: Buck Owens and his group drew more than 5,000 with

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