BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor firstname.lastname@example.org
“It’s not the same without Buck there,” said Owens in a phone conversation Wednesday, referring to the shadow cast by his father, who co-hosted the series with Roy Clark for most of its 25-year run.
“But then Roy was there and they said, ‘No, we have to have you there to be a part of it,’ and it was really kind of a love-in. It was just very natural.”
Along with Owens and Clark, other returning regulars include Bill Anderson, Charlie Farquharson, Ramona Jones, John Conlee, Lulu Roman, Charlie McCoy, Ricky Skaggs, Victoria Hallman, T. Graham Brown, Gordie Tapp, Johnny Lee, Barbi Benton, Larry Gatlin, Roni Stoneman, Moe Bandy, Gunilla Hutton, Jim Ed Brown, Jeff Smith and Gene Watson.
“It was great seeing the girls re-enact some of the skits they did before. For a bunch of grandmas, they looked great.”
As for reports that his father and Clark weren’t always the genial buddies portrayed on the show, Owens said any flare-ups between the two were overblown.
“You’re dealing with a couple of pretty big egos, to be honest, and there may have been some moments when tempers were short, but they always kissed and made up.”
“You could see how much everybody loved and cared about everybody.”