Joe Buck Signs w/ Century Media Records

Joe Buck YourselfThe Music City madman Joe Buck Yourself, former bass player for Hank III and former member of Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, has signed a record deal with Century Media Records. In an interview with the one man band before his show Thursday night (10-22-09) with The .357 String Band, Joe talked to about signing the deal.

“Its gonna give us a nice push and I’m really excited about it. I’ve got something to say.”

Joe articulated his distaste for how most record labels conduct their business, but felt comfortable that Century would be a good fit. Buck will start recording in mid January in Seattle. The album will include new material, though a few new versions of old songs from his previous self-released albums might show up as well.

“I’m looking forward to it. It ups the ante. Especially when I was working with Hank III, this was always an afterthought.”

I spoke to Joe Buck for over an hour before the show, and the man was dropping wisdom like bunker busting bombs. Stay tuned for a transcript and audio from that interview.

And keep your eyes on the Joe Buck camp for big things. Something tells me his obsessive tour schedule, his unmatched energy on stage, and his underrated songwriting prowess are finally about to pay off for him in spades.

Following is Joe Buck’s “Bitter is the Day,” the song he played for his third encore Thursday night, performed as a tribute by Buck friend James Hunnicutt: