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What do you get when you bring together one of the most innovative stylists in country music history and Nashville’s most celebrated songwriter? You’re listening to it. Early in his career, the baron of Bakersfield paid powerful, album-length homage to the magical pen of Harlan Howard, who’d already written milestone hits for Owens and would write more. Between Buck’s honky-tonkin’, hard-country feel and Howard’s masterful odes to the mysteries of the human heart, this one set the bar pretty damn high.

Biography

Born: 12 August 1929 in Sherman, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Buck Owens, along with Merle Haggard, was the leader of the Bakersfield sound, a twangy, electricified, rock-influenced interpretation of hardcore honky tonk that emerged in the '60s. Owens was the first bona fide country star to emerge from Bakersfield, scoring a total of 15 consecutive number one hits in the mid-'60s. In the process, he provided an edgy alternative to the string-laden country-pop that was being produced during the '60s. Later in his career, his musical impact was forgotten by some...
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