Carnegie Hall Concert (Live)

Buck Owens & His Buckaroos

Carnegie Hall Concert (Live)

When the Baron of Bakersfield took the stage of Carnegie Hall in 1966, country shows at that august venue were almost unheard of, and this appearance spoke not just to Buck and company's phenomenal success but also their onstage appeal. Buck's voice and songwriting may have been the band's biggest guns, but Don Rich's lead guitar and harmony singing and Tom Brumley's pedal steel guitar were just as crucial to the group's sound; they were one of the few top-tier country acts to break through as a band. Not only do their collective charm and chops burst out of every moment here as they bang out a bounty of hits like "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and "Love's Gonna Live Here," they display an almost shocking degree of showmanship. At several points they put their hits aside and engage in straight-up comedy, including offbeat band intros and satires of other artists. By the time the crowd filed out of Carnegie that night, they'd seen a band at its peak delivering above and beyond the call of mere professionalism. No one before or since put on a show like Buck and the boys.

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