NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 25, 2013 - The Country Music Hall of Fam® and Museum will offer a trio of special programs-a panel discussion, book talk and concert-dedicated to the legacy of Country Music Hall of Fame member Buck Owens and his band, the Buckaroos, on Saturday, December 7. The programs, which are presented in support of the exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, are included with museum admission and free to museum members. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org/ for complete admission details.
At 11:00 a.m. in the Ford Theater, Willie Cantu (drummer, and the only surviving member of the classic mid-1960s Buckaroos lineup), current Buckaroos Terry Christoffersen (steel guitar), Doyle Curtsinger (bass) and Jim Shaw (keyboards), singer Buddy Alan Owens (Buck's son, who toured with the Buckaroos), and Randy Poe, co-author of Buck Owens' new autobiography, will participate in a panel discussion, The Buckaroos: Making Music with Buck Owens. California-based music historian Scott B. Bomar will moderate. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org.
At 1:30 p.m. in the Taylor Swift Education Center, Poe will read from and discuss his latest book, Buck 'Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens. Using recorded reminiscences Owens left behind when he died in 2006, the book chronicles the singer's life from his impoverished beginnings to superstardom. Following the book talk, Poe will sign copies of the book purchased from the Museum Store.
Capping off the day, at 2:30 p.m., is a Buckaroos concert in the CMA Theater. Cantu, Christofferson, Curtsinger and Shaw will join Buddy Alan Owens as he performs his father's hits. James Intveld, Jim Lauderdale, Angaleena Presley, Sunny Sweeney and others will make guest appearances.
Bakersfield Sound Programs
Saturday, December 7 11:00 a.m. Ford Theater
Panel Discussion: The Buckaroos: Making Music with Buck Owens
As Buck Owens' backing band, the Buckaroos played a primary role in developing and popularizing the Bakersfield Sound. This panel will include drummer Willie Cantu, the only surviving member of the classic mid-1960s Buckaroos lineup. He will be joined by current Buckaroos Terry Christoffersen (steel guitar), Doyle Curtsinger (bass) and Jim Shaw (keyboards), all of whom backed the late singer for several decades and still perform regularly at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in their hometown of Bakersfield. Singer Buddy Alan Owens, Buck's son, who toured with the Buckaroos while charting hits in the late 1960s and '70s, and Randy Poe, co-author of Buck Owens' new autobiography, also will participate. California-based music historian Scott B. Bomar will moderate. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org. Takes place in the Ford Theater. Limited seating.
Saturday, December 7 1:30 p.m. Taylor Swift Education Center
Book Talk: Buck 'Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens with Randy Poe
Los Angeles-based, award-winning author Randy Poe will read from and discuss his latest book, Buck 'Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens. Owens began planning his autobiography in the 1990s and left behind nearly a hundred hours of cassette tape recordings when he died in 2006. Poe crafts the story of Owens' life, including his rise from poverty to superstardom, using the musician's own words. Buck 'Em reveals intimate details of Owens' personal struggles and offers insight into the business acumen that helped him build an empire that included a music publishing company, multiple radio stations and Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. Poe will sign copies of the book, purchased from the Museum Store, after the program. Takes place in the Taylor Swift Education Center.
Saturday, December 7 2:30 p.m. CMA Theater
Concert: The Buckaroos with Buddy Alan Owens and Special Guests
At a time when string sections and background singers often were used to soften and smooth the sound of country music in Nashville, Southern California musicians forged a hard-edged style all their own. Buck Owens & the Buckaroos were leaders in the development and popularization of the Bakersfield Sound. Buck's son Buddy Alan Owens, who recorded hits for Capitol Records in the late 1960s and '70s, will perform songs from his father's hit catalog, with former and current Buckaroos members Willie Cantu, Terry Christoffersen, Doyle Curtsinger and Jim Shaw. James Intveld, Jim Lauderdale, Angaleena Presley, Sunny Sweeney and others will make special guest appearances. Takes place in the CMA Theater. Program Pass required.
These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum's mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
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