|Birth name||Charles Wilburn Trent|
|Origin||Spartanburg, South Carolina|
|Instruments||Banjo, dobro, steel guitar, mandolin, electric bass, guitar|
|Associated acts||Roy Clark, Porter Wagoner, Bill Carlisle, Dolly Parton|
Charles Wilburn “Buck” Trent is an American country music instrumentalist currently performing in Branson, Missouri. He invented the electric banjo and also plays the five-string banjo, dobro, steel guitar, mandolin, electric bass and guitar. You can click on his website listing above for more pictures and information.
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Buck Trent; Banjo Picker
by R. LeRoy
Buck Trent is most famous for his work on the TV show He Haw. He frequently performed with Roy Clark and other cast members. His trademark is “Oh Yeah” became known world wide.
He moved to Branson, Missouri and opened up his own theater to entertain folks back in the 90s.
When Buck wasn’t performing on stage, his passion is playing golf. Like most golfing performers Buck is a pretty fair golfer. Bogie or better even on the tough courses. Sometimes he loves it so much that he actually makes himself a litter neurotic about his playing. He told John that he has even gone to a golf psychologist when it gets to be too much for him.
John and Buck were playing golf with a well known song writer (Wayne Carson) who has written many famous songs. One that you’ll probably recognize is a pop song “My Baby Wrote Me A Letter”. He also wrote Willie Nelson’s famous son “Always on my mind.”” John, Buck, Wayne and Wayne’s son Aaron (we think that’s his name) were playing Point Royale Country Club.
John had been playing golf for at least 20 years, and had played with lots of other golfers, but he had never see anyone hit a ball as hard as Wayne. When Wayne hit his drives you could actually hear a whizzing sound. It was amazing.
In all the years John had played he had never hit any member of his own foursome with a ball. Today would be different. Wayne was about 150 yards out when John stroked his ball and hit Wayne on the fly; right into his right calf. Everyone but the our song writer got a big kick out of this.
A couple of holes later John was about 100 yards behind Aaron. John hit his shot. The boy apparently thought all was clear because he stepped out just in time to get hit right in the middle of his back.
Now, by this time our banjo picker was getting jittery about everyone getting hit by John’s shots. Buck had played safely with John many times before, but he still didn’t want to take any chances. Oh course, he tries to make a joke of it, but with most jokes there’s always an ounce of truth in every joke.
John’s getting ready to hit he second shot. Buck is about 50 yards ahead of John. There’s a tree just off the left side of the fairway, and Buck yells out, (half joking and half not) “I’m getting behind here where it’s safe.” Then he hides behind the tree.
Evidently Buck thought enough time had passed, so he looked around the tree to see if John had hit yet, and was promptly rewarded with a line drive to his shoulder. Unbelievably, John had never in his life hit another member of his foursome with a ball, and now he has hit all three men in one round.
Important Tip: Remember how I said that Buck would go to a golfing psychologist? If any of you ever get the opportunity to play golf with Buck here is how to make him fall apart and lose strokes. COMPLIMENT HIM ON A SHOT. John would tell Buck, “Oh Buck, that was a fantastic shot. How did you do that? ” Next thing you know Buck is totally over analyzing everything he is doing and totally falls apart.
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