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Sept. 6: It’s a measure of the quality of Buck Owens’ output in the mid-’60s that “Close Up The Honky Tonks” (1964) was an album cut and not a single. Wonderful harmony from Buck’s right-hand man, Don Rich, and steel guitar by the great Tom Brumley. A fantastic record.

I can’t describe it any better than British rockabilly aficionado Shaun Mather did upon Owens’ death in 2006: “A pure country backing to a hard-boiled lyric suggesting the only way to keep his Mrs. at home is to close up the honky tonks – what a tart.”

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