22 Greatest Classic Country Artists of the Modern Era

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[tps_title]Buck Owens[/tps_title]

Buck Owens

Some might recognize Owens better for his 17-year run as the host of Hee Haw. While his run in Kornfield Kounty did make him a household name, Owens was a musical maverick in the 1960s. His Bakersfield style — a mixture of pure honky-tonk and California rock-and-roll attitude — served in stark contrast to the more smooth sounds coming out of Nashville at the time. He influenced not just country artists, but also John Fogerty, Ray Charles -– who recorded eight of his classics — and The Beatles, who requested that Capitol send them each an Owens album upon its release.

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