Sunday, July 14, 2013

CD Review: The Buckaroos Pay Tributes, While Don Rich Becomes "That Fiddlin' Man"

The classic country sound of The Buckaroos get reintroduced to the music world with a new release that combines the band's first and last albums that the band recorded together. This new 22 song CD brings together The Buckaroos debut album, "The Buck Owens Song Book" as they pay tribute to their bandleader along with "The Songs of Merle Haggard," who gave the band their enduring name.

The two original albums were released six years apart from each other, but shows the band's heart and dedication in interpreting some of the country hits that have become international country classics. The Buck Owens hits "Second Fiddle," "Act Naturally" and "Foolin' Around" join nine other of Owens' hits in this honor to the pioneer of the Bakersfield, CA sound in the early sixties. Also on this disc you get the Merle Haggard classics "Okie From Muskogee" and "Mama Tried" as they get the instrumental treatment that allows fans to sing along with these wonderful renditions by The Buckaroos. Included in the booklet are lyrics to the songs along with the original album's artwork and some unseen photos and new essays by surviving Buckaroos Willie Cantu, Doyle Curtsinger and Jim Shaw.

The Buckaroos front man, Don Rich carried on with the band until he was the only remaining original member. In 1971 he released a fiddle album, "That Fiddlin' Man," which comprised of 10 songs that he recorded along with the Buckaroos. The album was also one of the only Don Rich albums to be released during his lifetime as he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 1974.

Now "That Fiddlin' Man" will be remastered and re-released with 10 bonus tracks that Rich also recorded during this time, but did not appear on the original album. This hard to find, out-of-print album includes some of Rich's best renditions of "Orange Blossom Special" and "Greensleeves" and closes with a live version of "Fiddle Polka" that originally appeared on Buck Owens' live album, "In Japan!"

These two releases will be long desired treats for fans as they include everything they would expect from these recordings. They will be available on July 23 through Omnivore Recordings. For more information, please visit omnivorerecordings.com/artists/the-buckaroos/ and omnivorerecordings.com/artists/don-rich/.

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