Goober Buchanan

Date: 1976 January 26
Length: 180 min.
Call Number: OH21


Country music performer, comedian, and stage manager. Real name James Buchanan. Career active 1930s-1960s.

Interview Summary

1976 January 26
(3 hours)
Country performer James “Goober” Buchanan talks about his life as a traveling country comedy performer and stage manager during the 1940s. Discussion includes memories from his childhood in Kentucky; experiences managing his own band, Goober & His Kentuckians; working in and around Hopkinsville, Kentucky; sponsorship by the Elk Brand Overall Company; his Grandpappy and Goober comedy acts; a description of his shows; different experiences from his traveling days; working with Jamup & Honey and Uncle Dave Macon; stories about Stringbean and Bill Monroe; the impact of World War II and his experiences in the military; and his career after he left the military.