Charles Wilburn “Buck” Trent a well-known American country music instrumentalist passed away on October 9, 2023 at the age of 85. Our condolences are with his family and friends. Below you will get more information related to him.
Buck Trent Obituary: Final Goodbye to Legendary Instrumentalist
Buck Trent’s death deeply affected the lives of his loved ones and family members. They paid tribute to him on social media and shared their condolences to his family. Rhonda Vincent tweeted, “Rest in peace dear sweet friend!! Buck Trent RIP”
Rest in peace dear sweet friend!! The signature sound of Porter Wagoner, @DollyParton -OH YEAH so many others because of musicianship of Buck Trent! guitar work Dolly’s “Jolene”was Bucks invention-electric banjo ground breaking. He was flashy and so much fun. Buck Trent RIP pic.twitter.com/6OGg0owBrP
— Rhonda Vincent (@RhondaVincent13) October 9, 2023
Joe Bonsall wrote, “Just heard the sad news that long time friend and banjo hero BUCK TRENT has passed away … I loved ole Buck.”
Just heard the sad news that long time friend and banjo hero BUCK TRENT has passed away … I loved ole Buck … 🙏🪕 pic.twitter.com/EYqCO1tXC7
— Joe Bonsall (@joebonsall) October 9, 2023
Travis Joyner tweeted, “RIP Buck Trent.”
#RIP Buck Trent
Great picker, oh Yeah pic.twitter.com/nfAb6PAmhf
— Travis Joyner (@TBJoyner70) October 9, 2023
The Oak Ridge Boys wrote, “We lost a dear long time friend today … BUCK TRENT has passed away. Buck toured the Soviet Union in 1976 with us and Roy Clark.”
We lost a dear long time friend today … BUCK TRENT has passed away … Buck toured the Soviet Union in 1976 with us and Roy Clark … He was an incredible banjo player and a very funny man … we will sure miss him down here … 🪕 pic.twitter.com/fYPm1nZxIG
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) October 9, 2023
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Buck Trent made his name in the musical industry, so below you will read about his musical journey.
Buck Trent’s Musical Collaborations with Country Legends
Trent, who was born on February 17, 1938, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, relocated to Nashville in 1959 and joined Bill Carlisle’s band. After a brief stint with bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe’s group, he joined Porter Wagoner’s Wagonmasters in 1962.
Trent appeared on many of Wagoner and Parton’s well-known duets while performing on Wagoner’s renowned The Porter Wagoner Show. Trent, who invented the electric banjo made unique contributions to music as well. As a performer on the variety show Hee Haw, Trent’s star began to rise.
The “Kornfield Friends” reunion tour that included Trent and his colleagues Hee Haw alumni Jana Jae, Lulu Roman, and Misty Rowe took place in 2018. Trent and Clark received back-to-back CMA Awards for instrumental group of the year in 1975 and 1976.
Buck traveled with Clark and The Oak Ridge Boys to the Soviet Union for a musical tour in 1976 as well. Trent and Clark released the album Banjo Bandits two years later and it was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Instrumental Performance”.
Trent contributed guitar and/or banjo to classic recordings by Roy Acuff, Wagoner, Clark, Stuart and Dolly Parton in addition to his own work. This includes playing acoustic guitar on Parton’s iconic songs “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene.”
He also made contributions to several of Dolly Parton’s albums such as Coat of Many Colors from and My Tennessee Mountain Home. After arriving in Branson in the 1980s, Trent started performing and eventually established himself as the town’s main attraction.
Trent also made an appearance in the 2004 film Gordy as a Branson artist. One of this year’s American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame recipients, Trent was already announced; the event is scheduled for October 12–14 in Oklahoma City.
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