March 26, 2006

Buck's Dead

A Texas transplant; along with Merle Haggard, one of the Bakersfield boys behind the Bakersfield Sound I latched onto from a billion miles away in inner-city Sydney all those years ago; a celebrated sometime inhabitant of a city that's played an oddly significant part in my life over the last fifteen years (they even renamed one of my favourite scrappy Bakersfield streets "Buck Owens Boulevard" a few years back). I'm spoiled by never having heard of — let alone seen — "Hee Haw" until recently, so my vision's intact, along with the memories of the music playing in my mind across the swing-arm oil pumps and the bars off Chester.

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