Another exciting adventure on my “Celebratin’ in Branson” trip! This is another exciting show you can find in Branson Missouri!
Branson is a world unto itself…No one can ever know Branson by a brief description….You must travel through it to be acquainted and inspired by it!
Ya’ll like some good ole country music? Well, get your toe-tappin’ feet on down to the Buck Trent morning show down at Baldnobbers Theatre in Branson, MO! It’s a great way to start your day when visiting this awesome little town.
This is an audience-friendly show. The entire cast and crew are out to visit with you before, during intermission, and after the show. Now the MUSIC… traditional country, and add a little bluegrass, and gospel. This show is an amazing way to kickstart your day!
Buck Trent is a talented musician who began performing at the age of 10. In 1959, he went to Nashville and began an exciting career. He was a regular on “The Porter Wagoner Show”, “Roy Clark Show”, and “Hee Haw” for many years. He has worked with all the legends like Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Marty Robbins, and of course Roy Clark. Impressed yet? Well, he plays the 5-string Banjo, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass, Guitar AND… Buck invented the electric Banjo!
Now you add all this awesome cast to this show… and you get one heck of a good time.
Oh and there was some duelling going on…..
Q – Who were your influences when you were younger that got you interested in music and when did you start playing the banjo?
Buck – I started when I was about 10 years old back in Spartanburg, SC. My mama worked at the cotton mill with a man who played a 5-string banjo and he taught me. We bought his banjo and now I have nylon strings on it. I play it in the show. I got my first job in Asheville, NC in 1955. I played an hour everyday on tv for $40 a week and I thought I was wealthy, because they was working in the cotton mill for $25! Finally, made my way to Nashville and on the Grand Old Opry with Bill Carlisle. He was a great entertainer and I learned a lot from him. From 62 to 74, I was with Porter Wagoner. He was a fine man and I learned so much from him.
Q – Tell us about your show?
Buck – We sort of pattern our show after the Porter Wagoner show. So I feature everybody in the show. It is a family show, and I think if we have a good time, the folks have a good time.
Q – How about Roy Clark and you?
Buck – In 74 I went with Roy and he played every instrument. Roy did a lot of comedy and he was really funny. In 1973 he won Entertainer of the year and he wanted us to get together and we would do a little banjo. We traveled all over the world and we were the FIRST country group to go to Russia with the Oak Ridge Boys.
Q – They made quite a few jokes during the show and I have to ask do you play golf in your free time?
Buck – Oh Yeah! See… when I went with Porter , he was a great golfer and I had never played. So he got me to play golf. We played everyday. I got addicted to it. The first thing that went on the tour bus was the golf clubs, not the instruments. Roy Clark and I was in Vegas for eight years and we played everyday. When I moved to here, moved to Point Royale which works out pretty good since I am a golf nut. That helps me keep in shape, too.
Q – Country Music has changed quite a bit. What do you think about the crossing into rock and pop trend?
Buck – It’s just big business now. You gotta have millions of dollars behind you. It is more like rock and roll. I knew when pop rock came in to country, you would lose your category. Got rap in there, too! A lot are coming into “Country Music” but it really isn’t country music. It is a shame you will only hear that on the radio and you are not going to hear … say Ray Price on the radio.
Q – What do you have planned in the future … any touring?
Buck – Well, we do that in the off-season. Once you start here, it is hard to get away so we go see the kinfolks. We call it the ‘kinfolk tour’! Then we do some shows here and there. People don’t realize there is a lot here in Branson. The variety has gotten bigger.
Q – I just have one last question and it is for fun… Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Buck – Oh Boy! Oh Me! I think Robin Williams, maybe… or one of them folks on Saturday Night Live. That would be interesting who might play me. I have thought about Clint Eastwood, but I just don’t know about that. I just have a good time. I never done it for the money. I love performing. It is what I have done all my life.
We really enjoyed the show and our time visiting with Buck. He was also kind enough to autograph a picture specially to my Uncle Jack (a big fan of Buck Trent) for me.
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Hard to believe My Celebratin in Branson trip is almost over, just one more show, so stay tuned – plus you also know how I am on a trip… Gotta have a giveaway which I will tell you all about shortly!
**Hint** I am throwing a great getaway together with the help of all my great sponsors!