Since it’s clear The Adios Lounge hosts a formidable Don Rich fan club, here’s a few more nuggets from the vault. Pure gold, enjoy.
Don Rich Biography
A surprisingly excellent Rich bio courtesy of his … high school alumni association??? True. Great footage, fleshes out Rich’s background, but it’s mildly depressing that the most thorough overview of Don Rich’s life and career is not from a legit video production company or the Country Music Hall of Fame, but from the sons and daughters of Oly. Thank God for the youtube.
Don Rich And The Buckaroos – Guitar Pickin’ Man
“Clarence (White) was a big fan of Don Rich and Don was a big fan of Clarence’s. Later, Don came to some sessions when we were in The Byrds. He was a really nice guy, great guitar player and singer.”
Thanks to reader, Matt Reeves, for pointing out that this “Guitar Pickin’ Man” is different from the “Guitar Pickin’ Man” written by Wayne Moore, Clarence White’s old bassist in The Reasons (aka Nashville West). CW played on Moore’s original 1967 recording during his stint with Gary S Paxton at Bakersfield International.
I’m not sure when Rich’s “Guitar Pickin’ Man” was recorded, but it was the first track on the Buckaroos LP, Boot Hill, released in August 1970. It was also the B-side to the group’s cover of “Up On Cripple Creek,” released a month in advance of the LP. Wait … the Buckaroos covered The Band?!?! Yep. Twice.
Don Rich And The Buckaroos – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Are you kidding me? This is so good and I can’t believe I didn’t know of its existence until RJ pointed it out to me a few days ago. Sweet ghost of Rick Danko, this is a king harvest of badass.