Cal Smith: Country Bumpkin

The song Country Bumpkin climbed to No. 1 on the country charts in 1974. The song tells a story about the joys and sorrows of life and the late Cal Smith does an excellent job of telling that story through this song.

The song is extremely well written regardless of the title and the phrasing by Smith makes the song come alive to the listener.

Cal Smith died October 10, 2013 in Branson, Missouri.


Buck Owens: Together Again

Buck Owens singing Together Again his country music standard.

Buck Owens was my favorite country singer and was fortunate to have seen him perform in person in Hawaii at our Army base Schofield Barracks.

My record collection at one time included 15 albums by Owens. He could sing a slow ballad like Together Again and Crying Time and then sing an up tempo song like I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail or Sam’s Place with no problem.

Later in his career he was almost as well known for being on Hee Haw as for being a country singer.

Buck Owens and Don Rich and the Buckaroos performing I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail. Rich died in 1974 in a motorcycle accident.

Buck Owens singing Hello Trouble on Hee Haw in 1969.

Buck Owens singing one of my favorite songs Truck Drivin’ Man.