Audio Interview – Joe Buck

February 13, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  11 Comments

Joe Buck YourselfIn the last year or two, many new artists and bands have sprung up in the Outlaw/ Underground country movement, many new fans, podcasts, etc. But this all would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hard work of a few musicians, the trunk of the tree from which these new branches have sprung so to speak.

One of these artists is Joe Buck. From sharing a stage and sleeping quarters with BR549 at the beginning of the neo-traditionalist movement, to becoming a venue owner on lower Broadway in Nashville, to being a sideman for JD WIlkes and Hank III, to now being the essence of the crossroads between punk and country, it is not hard to say that this whole movement would have a different flavor if not for Joe Buck.

This is just as much an interview as it is my attempt to document and preserve the few artists that are the very heart of insurgent country. If Music Row had it’s way, these people would disappear from the public consciousness, and the music they have devoted their lives to would be forgotten. It is our job to make sure their legacies are carried on to the next generation.

And Joe Buck is far from just being another musician, he has superlative wisdom and insight, and a unique perspective on life that deserves as much attention and preservation as the music he creates.

Just like my interview with Andy Gibson was, it is long, and is not for the faint of heart, but the hardcore fan. I mixed in some music as well when possible. The interview was conducted on Oct. 22nd, 2009, in Joe Buck’s motorhome, in the parking lot of a venue called Johnny B’s in Medford, OR, before a show also featuring The .357 String Band and The Slow Poisoner.

It’s about an hour long, so come back and give it a listen when you have the time.

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11 Comments to “Audio Interview – Joe Buck”

  • Good interview. It is always interesting to hear Joe talk.


  • Wow


  • That was fantastic!


  • Thanks guys!


  • Amazing interview. Meant to just dive in and out, but in the end just had to listen through in one go. Thanks!


  • Goddamn … Joe is the best. I met him and hung out with him one time and this is the Joe that I met. Intelligent, insightful, and down to earth guy. He’s gonna quit working one day and not realize the impact he has made … I hope that doesn’t happen!


  • This must be the most sincere interview i have heard for a long, long time. Indeed it is a sad thing we seem to have forgotten that music is all about communication, a social thing. Not a product, nor a fashion item. Talking about being relevant….well, we people learn pretty slow so, I am afraid people like Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams and Mr. Buck will be relevant at least the next 25 generations.
    Andy Gibson did a great job with this interview.


  • Insanely awesome interveiw!!! I just saw him in Lansing and it was amazing! Can’t say enough good about the man. This interview is one of the best of anyone I’ve ever heard. P.S. I got him to sign an old Lefty Frizell Record after the show. So Awesome and humble… “Lefty is the King, Joe Buck Yourself”


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  • Wow! Great Interview! Don’t get into one man bands and I can’t get into Joe Buck leav’in The Damn Band! But FUCK! before this interview never seen Joe for the(country music) intelligent fucker he is! When I left “Trashville” in 1990 IT WAS “TOOTSIES” and that wasn’t nothing but a flea bittin’ wanna be tourist attraction with a half basement(upstairs) photo mural of the people that made it WHAT IT WAS! GREAT VIEW! THANKS!!!


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