In the early '60s San Joaquin Valley superpicker Buck Owens almost single-handedly rescued country music from the sleepy formulae of Nashville's "countrypolitan" crossover acts. His upbeat West Coast sound brought the bright, fat tones of the Fender Telecaster into the hillbilly fold, making old-fashioned honky-tonk accessible to a generation raised on rock 'n' roll. With bouncy, novelty-oriented hits like "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and "Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)," Owens helped country music survive during the reign of Beatlemania. Then, when he was cast as co-host of the... More >>>