Buck Haggard Band at Canyons Jan. 27

Article Published: Jan. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jan. 27, 2012
Buck Haggard Band at Canyons Jan. 27

The Buck Haggard Band will perform a free show during Winterfest weekend at Canyons in Blowing Rock on Friday, Jan. 27.

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The Buck Haggard Band brings classic country and 1950s rock to Canyons in Blowing Rock Jan. 27.

The show starts at 9 p.m. and runs till midnight, featuring the bluesy harmonica bends of special guest Morris “Big Mo” Hampton of Aho as part of the lineup.

Regular members of the Buck Haggard Band are George Wilson, lead and harmony vocals and rhythm guitar; Ed Main, lead and harmony vocals, lead guitar and piano; Tracy Brown, lead and harmony vocals and bass; Jimmy Cannon, steel guitar; and Greg Russell, drums.

The Buck Haggard Band derives its name from the combination of two heroes of classic country, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, with harmonies on classic songs like “Silver Wings” by Haggard and “For the Good Times” by Ray Price showing off the band’s combined years in country music.

Wilson formed Buck Haggard several years ago in response to the need for a classic country band in the High Country. He has performed since childhood, making appearances on WBTV’s “Arthur Smith Show” as early as 1948.

“Folks in this area wanted to hear classic country music, and they weren’t getting it on the radio,” Wilson said. “Whenever I played somewhere, folks said I should get a country band together. I started calling players I knew, and we finally got this bunch together, and we’ve had a great time ever since.”

The members of Buck Haggard have all played and worked in other bands and around each other for years.

“We’ve all known each other a long time but just have never had an opportunity to play regularly together, so when we get a chance, we have a great time,” said Main, who’s also a member of the Wolf Creek Band. “This has been a lot of fun, playing music we love with great friends. We love to throw folks like Big Mo into the mix, and you just never know what will happen. What I do know is that it’ll be fun.”

The Canyons show begins at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. Canyons is located at 8960 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://www.canyonsbr.com or call (828) 295-7661.

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