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.