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Born and raised in the small town of Sandy Creek in upstate NY... Buck's first inspiration to play pedal steel guitar came from his dad when he was 11 years old. His dad(James),


a well known steel guitarist in the northeast for 40 plus years, also provided some six string guitar and basic theory instruction and insisted that he work on those two things for a


couple of years before taking on pedal steel. His dad was also a huge Ernest Tubb fan and from those records he first learned of Buddy Emmons and Buddy Charleton. It was then


he decided what he wanted to do and dreamed of moving to Nashville one day. Those two great players along with Lloyd Green, Pete Drake, Doug Jernigan and Curly Chalker were


his early influences.


      He began playing with well know local favorites "Mike White and the Sliter Brothers" band at age 15 and would travel to Wheeling, W.VA. once or twice a year to play on the


famous "Wheeling Jamboree" radio show . Needless to say it was quite a thrill for a 15 year old kid. Around the time he graduated from high school, the group signed with a


booking agency based out of Detroit, MI and traveled around the country performing. During one of their frequent stops in Detroit, Buck was offered a position with popular locals


"Kansas City Southern" and moved there soon after, playing six and seven nights a week.


      A couple of years later while living and working in Detroit, resident friend and guitarist, Vern Pilder told Buck about a job opening in Nashville with a new country singer named


John Anderson. After a few phone calls, an audition... which consisted of riding around with the band for a few days to see if everyone could get along, he was offered the job and 


moved to Nashville in 1982. The childhood dream of moving to Nashville had come true!  


      After touring and recording with John for 8 years, Buck went on to either tour or record with many artist's such as... Rob Crosby, Martin DelRay, Bailey and The Boys, 


Chely Wright, Michelle Wright, Keith Urban and The Ranch, Jerry Kilgore, Matt King, Sting, Marcus Hummon, South 65, Farmers Daughter, Confederate Railroad, Third Day,


Cindy Lou Harrington, Bill Anderson, Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown, LeAnn Rimes, Dierks Bentley and is currently approaching his 18th year with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.


      In 2006 and 2007, Buck added two major motion picture sound tracks to his credits due in large part to his association with drumming legend Russ Kunkel, who also has been 


touring with the "Large Band" for the past few years. Buck and several other "Large Band" members collaborated with L.A. session musicians and legendary film score producer,


James Newton Howard, to work on the movie sound tracks for: RV (Runaway Vacation) - Sony/Columbia Pictures  and  Charlie Wilson's War - Universal Pictures.


Buck say's it was a great and humbling experience and recalls thinking... "Hollywood is a long way from Sandy Creek, NY".  


      Just like any other story, there have been hard times and Nashville can be a tough place. Luckily, Buck has always had a liking for the mechanical side of the Pedal Steel, 


due in large part to the fact that where he grew up there wasn't anyone nearby to "fix" things if something broke or needed tweaking, and also due to the fact that his Dad was also


a part time gunsmith and passed on some his "handyman" knowledge. So... when work involving touring or recording would slow down, Buck would keep himself busy helping


others with repairs and/or restorations and for several years could be seen at one of Bobbe Seymour's shops off and on to lend a hand. Buck has also worked with friends and


fellow musicians, Duane Marrs and Jimmie Crawford taking things a step farther with assisting in designing and building pedal steel guitars. Buck has built two personal guitars


for himself which are... a Marr's in the mid 90's and a JCH in 2001. Jimmie and Buck built the JCH together and is currently Buck's main guitar. All in all, Buck feels lucky and


says... " Regardless of whether I'm playing steel or working on one, It's what I enjoy. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have met so many great people. I hope it continues


for a long time! "