Buck Owens and His Buckaroos – I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail (1965)
Best backup band name?
Until recently, I might have given the award to “The News” as in The News, Huey Lewis and.
Well, I’m afraid I have some bad news for The News: “His Buckaroos” just bounced them to #2.
Not only is “Buckaroo” a playful extension of the lead singer’s name but for whatever reason, I strongly approve of the switch from “the” to the possessive pronoun “his” in Buck’s backup band title.
So even before listening to the album, Mr. Owens and his friends were off to a great start!
This could not be further from ‘new’ country; there’s plenty of fiddle, pedal steel, and song titles with dropped Gs.
And I could not be more pleased with the efficient & entertaining I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail.
I think I enjoy this type of vintage country because I watched the film Necessary Roughness at such an impressionable age. There’s a scene where Robert Loggia is driving up to Scott Bakula’s farm and the memorable/memorably-titled song, All My Ex’s Live in Texas, is playing on the radio. Since then, I’ve had a soft spot for the genre.
Everything in moderation of course. I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail is the kind of record I like to throw on for a change of pace.
Finally, speaking of records, I was overjoyed to find a copy of this on vinyl.
You’ve heard of Cupface? Without further adieu, I give you…Buckface!