Tribute Albums To Shed Light On Buck Owens’ Influence

Brody Vercher | July 25th, 2007

  • John Goodspeed wrote an article about the self-proclaimed “Cowboy Capital of the World,” Bandera, TX, and how some want it to become the next Branson. The McKay Brothers “are just hoping it’s not a victim of its own success.”
  • Dwight Yoakam is paying tribute to Buck Owens with with an album due out on October 23rd. The album titled Dwight Sings Buck, will include covers of all 11 of Owens’ top five country hits. The Derailers also recorded a tribute to Buck titled Under the Influence of Buck. Their album will be released next Tuesday.
  • Jason Aldean credits his success in part to his stubborn attitude.
  • Red Cross awarded Pat Green for all the hard work he’s done to promote the importance of donating blood. He was presented a Crystal Cross on Tuesday which he followed-up with a special performance for the volunteers, employees, and supporters of Red Cross. I like to hear about charitable acts being carried out, especially when they’re not being done for publicity. Green has been donating blood since college. It’s a welcome change from the onslaught of arrests, divorces, and negativity that’s so prevalent in the news these days.
  • In a feature titled “Yesterday’s Songs,” Kevin from Country Universe takes a look back at the Top 20 country songs from July 20, 1991 to give each one a grade. He ends up handing out a lot of A grades, which is quite impressive if you’ve been following his blog.
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform at a benefit concert in Biloxi, Miss. on Friday, July 27th to “assist organizations and individuals who are still in need of goods, services and finances due to the continued devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.”
  • EW.com has an interview with Taylor Swift in which she talks about walking away from a major record deal at 13 or 14 because they wanted her to record other people’s material, being a role model, and the impact that MySpace has had on her success.
  1. Paul W Dennis
    July 25, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    “All 11 of Buck’s top five country hits” ??????????

    According to Billboard, Buck had 21 #1s (82 weeks at #1) and another 13 that reached positions 2-5 (3 of these reached #1 in Cashbox) plus another 13 that reached positions 6-10.

  2. Brody Vercher
    July 25, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    I knew 11 sounded rather low as I was typing it, but I never really thought to check anything. The irony of it is I was quoting an article published on Billboard itself.

  3. Chris N.
    July 25, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Billboard was just quoting Dwight’s press release. I think they meant to say that of the 15 songs on the album, 11 of them were Top 5 hits for Buck.

  4. Matt C.
    July 25, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    I have low expectations for the Dwight release. He’s a great cover artist, but I’ve heard him perform many Owens songs live and he doesn’t really bring anything new to the tunes. Perhaps he’s afraid to reinterpret his idol.

    There’s whisperings about another Dwight album to be released this winter. It sounds like another cover album of sorts.

  5. Dr BLT
    July 1, 2008 at 11:22 am

    An album recorded as the last solo project at what used to be Buck Owens recording studios (later named Fat Tracks) was released a couple of weeks ago. It’s a tribute to Buck Owens and to the place he made famous, along with Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, Korn, Willie Nelson and others.

    The CD is called The Buck Owens Studios Farewell Session. It’s a follow-up to the CD, Confessions of a Buckaholic. For more information, visit:

    http://www.drblt.net

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