Buck RocknRoll Country Music
Bay Area live band
When I returned from the military I tried to reunite with Pan Nehls as a duet - but the music had changed. Pan was in college and everyone’s priority was staying in school, not getting drafted, looking for a job, moving out of their parents’ home and finding a place of their own to live. I continued to play the guitar.
I had a Martin Mahogany 015 which I dropped one night and cracked the back of it while under the influence of booze and drugs. The guitar still played and could have been repaired, but instead I traded it for a Franciscan 12 string valued at $125. I had to borrow $5 from a girl friend to pay the sales tax. When I took the guitar to another guitar shop for their appraisal and told them what I traded, they advised me to see if I could get the guitar back because it was worth at least $300. However, the guy who sold me the 12 string told me there was no getting the Martin back and that a deal was a deal. It was a lesson well learned.
A few years later I married Margot (Maggie May) George who for my 30th birthday gave me a brand new 1968 Martin D-28 12 String Guitar.
My life was changed. I became obsessed with learning songs, the majority of which were old then-current country and southern rock songs by e.g. Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Jones and Kenny Rogers.
I would take the guitar with me everywhere I traveled and play and sing at any opportunity, usually fueled by whiskey and Peruvian Marching powder.
Margot and I were married for 8 years.
I met Donna Rae Schwan and we married in 1989.
Donna has been my biggest fan ~ Donna is my partner for life.
Donna has gifted me with most of my guitars and has been my biggest fan since 1989. All of the following guitars were gifts from Donna ~
Guitars were gifted to me by my good friend and fellow guitar player, Glenn Webb ~ the American Fender Stratocaster, circa 1993 (left) and the Electric Martin Backpacker converted to a lap slide quitar (right).
Not pictured is a Chinese-made Fullerton guitar which is a Dread Naught, and the loudest acoustic guitar I have ever played.
I keep it at Glenn & Lyn Webb’s in the LA area.
Glenn, his son David, our good friend Gary “Gig” Cowles and I play a lot of music together when visiting Glendale and Pasadena.
Currently, I own 10 guitars. I gifted a Memphis Fender knock-off to my nephew and my old Franciscan 12-string was converted to a six-string and sits in my friend Harry Reiners’ garage. I gifted Harry's son Brandon [“Bubba”] Reiners with another guitar; I don’t remember doing it but I’m glad he has it.
History of Buck Shot - pg 2
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