Buck Owens and the Buckaroos – 1967


One of the best Country bands of all time, 1967 was probably the apex of the band’s success. Owens and the Buckaroos toured Japan, a then-rare occurrence for a country musician.  The year prior in 1966, they had begun doing a live half hour television show on a weekly basis and had recorded no less than 20 #1 singles.  The amazing thing about the band was that they sounded just as good, if not better live than they did on their albums.


The Buckaroos consisted of  Don Rich on lead guitar/fiddle and vocals, Doyle Holly on bass, Tom Brumley on the steel guitar, and Willie Cantu on drums.  Special mention has to go out to Don Rich whose guitar playing on the Telecaster and harmonies fit perfectly with Buck’s, in addition to the fact that he almost always had a grin on his face.

In addition to Don, “Tender” Tom Brumley’s playing on the pedal steel guitar was a thing of beauty all by itself.  I would have to vote him as the best to ever play the instrument.

And the icing on the cake was the visual effect of seeing them wearing Pink/red/yellow/blue  mariachi outfits along with Don’s silver sparkle Telecaster.

Sadly, when one compares them to what you see on the American Country Music Awards tonight. You realize just how good they were, and just how lame the current posers are IMHO.


Great Garuda Sea Wall to Protect Jakarta

As climate change begins to affect the planet, some governments are already taking actions to meet the new realities. One such country is Indonesia where construction of a massive sea wall is slated to begin.

The 35-kilometer (22-mile) wall, across the Bay of Jakarta off the city’s northern coast, is the centerpiece of a project that will cost up to $40 billion over three decades, and also includes reclaiming land for 17 new islands.

The whole project will form the shape of a Garuda, the mythical bird that is Indonesia’s national symbol.

Parts of coastal north Jakarta, which is built on soft clay, are sinking as fast as 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) a year, meaning they could be meters below sea level in a few decades, according to those behind the sea wall project.