Don Rich - Guitar Pickin' Man

Guitar Pickin' Man

Donald Eugene Ulrich (August 15, 1941 – July 17, 1974), best known by the stage name Don Rich, was a country musician who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s. He was a noted guitarist and fiddler, and a member of The Buckaroos, the backing band of country singer Buck Owens. Rich was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1974 at the age of 32.

Don Rich was the leader of The Buckaroos, Buck Owens' band, as well as Owens' collaborator and friend. He was a noted guitarist and fiddler who died in a motorcycle accident in 1974. Owens is quoted in the liner notes of this anthology saying "I think my musical life ended when his did." Rich is recognized as one of the chief architects of the Bakersfield Sound.


Rich performed lead vocals on some of Owens' albums and the Buckaroos released their own records. The tracks of the anthology are taken from The Buckaroos solo albums.

"Buckaroo" (Bob Morris) – 2:01

"Orange Blossom Special" (Evrin T. Rouse) – 2:09

"I'm Layin' It on the Line" (Don Rich) – 2:27

"The Happy Go Lucky Guitar" (Buck Owens, Rich) – 1:57

"Cajun Fiddle" (Owens, Rich) – 1:45

"Out of My Mind" (Rich, Red Simpson) – 3:23

"Round Hole Guitar" (Owens, Rich) – 2:22

"Tumwater Breakdown" (Rich) – 1:54

"Chicken Pickin'" (Owens, Rich) – 2:08

"Love's Gonna Come a Knockin'" (Owens, Rich) – 1:56

"Buckersfield Breakdown" (Morris, Rich) – 2:00

"I'll Be Swingin' Too" (Owens, Rich) – 2:03

"Sad Is the Lonely" (Bobby Warren, Harlow Wilcox) – 2:47

"Pretty Girl" (Rich) – 1:45

"Chaparral" (Morris, Rich) – 1:58

"I'm Coming Back Home to Stay" (Rich) – 2:14

"Spanish Moonlight" (Rich) – 2:10

"Saturday Night" (Rich) – 1:50

"I'm Goin' Back Home Where I Belong" (Rich) – 2:19

"Aw Heck" (Rich) – 1:51

"Georgia Peach" (Rich) – 1:19

"Tim-Buck-Too" (Rich) – 2:22

"Pickin-Nickin'" (Rich) – 2:35

"Country Pickin'" (Owens, Rich) – 1:42

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