"This is real country, and we love playing it," says Buck in describing www.Twang. And while he is quick to attribute the musical growth of the band over the past 24 years to input of his stellar band members, according to them, Buck's talents for songwriting and collaboration are the secret sauce that make a great band keep getting better.
Buck's love of music began in his youth on a Western Idaho cattle ranch. His mother encouraged him and his siblings, helping to organize hootenannies that lasted into the wee hours. Moving to West Yellowstone in 1976 to form a band with current Twang drummer Michael Gillan, Buck later relocated to Bozeman to earn degrees in geology and teaching. Teaching science at Belgrade's middle school for 22 years, Buck jokes that in 2007 he "finally got out of the 8th grade."
In 1998, Buck and drummer Johnny Regan organized www.Twang, to play tunes with longtime friends and area musical legends. With the band, he has enjoyed performing in Always Patsy Cline, backing up emerging country artists at Paradise Valley's Music Ranch, and being featured at Bozeman's intimate songwriter venue, Live from the Divide and on the 11th & Grant show on Montana PBS.
Buck's talent for writing doesn't stop at songs. Recently he wrote and published the children’s book, "Denni-Jo and Pinto."
Buck counts himself very fortunate to be part of a wonderful group of great musicians that inspire him every day, "Sharing my songs with others brings me endless fulfillment."
He and his wife Carol (who shares his love of music) raised a wonderful son, Garret, and enjoy their lives in the small town of Manhattan.
Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
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