The recently-published Buck Em'!: The Autobiography of Buck Owens feels like sharing a pint of whiskey with rascal charmer, who had 21 #1 hits and his song "Act Naturally" covered by The Beatles.
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Owens died in 2006 of a heart attack, but since the 1990s he had been meticulously talking his memories into a tape recorder. After Owens' death Randy Poe, music producer and author of Duane Allman's biography Skydog, compiled the recordings for this book.
Owens' story begins in Texas, specifically the back seat of the Model A Ford Sedan where he was born in 1929. His given first name is Alvis, after his father, who worked as a nomadic sharecropper. In the early 1940s his family took a journey to California that bears an uncanny resemblance to The Grapes of Wrath. They lived in labor camps, were deemed "Okies," and listened to sad songs sung at night on porches, which Owens says much of his musical background came from.More »