LEADER, BASS GUITAR & VOCALS
Buck’s Background: Buck Wayne Connor is a pure Arizona Native with deep roots in the West. He started his music career at a young age and played the accordion in ‘The All Arizona Accordion Band’ during the 60′s. Buck was lured away from the accordion by his love of sports, so he put down the accordion and has never picked one up since. However, not even the lure of sports could draw Buck away from the acoustic guitar. In 1967, he started playing the rhythm guitar professionally throughout Arizona with The Desert Drifters and continued playing in NCO clubs while stationed in Korea with the U. S. Army. After proudly serving his country, Buck dedicated the next 20 years serving in law enforcement and playing with several bands around the valley.
Buck’s Guitars: Buck played rhythm guitar with his first band, The ARIZONA PLAYBOYS in many venues, including the Phoenix Jaycee’s, Fraternal Organizations, and even the grand opening of the Madison Street Jail for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. He studied steel guitar under ‘Mr. Pappy Skaggs’, but discovered his true passion playing the bass guitar. During the summer months, Buck alternates every other week by playing his Peavey Cirrus bass and Taylor 6-string for the Zane Grey Clubhouse ‘High Country Jammers’ in Overgaard, Az.’ Hy-Way 277 is where you will find Buck (playing his bass) with Mr. Bill Greb (playing his rhythm guitar) in the Heber/Overgaard area during the summer months having lots of fun (but will perform anywhere and almost anytime).
Buck’s Musical Stardom; Competed in two ‘Battle of the Bands’ and finished second in both of them. The most memorable moment was when the ‘Arizona Playboys’ was narrowly beaten out by a band from Overgaard called ‘MOGOLLON’ at Matt’s Saloon in Prescott Arizona in the mid 1970′s. Buck then continued to play on Whiskey Row in Prescott Arizona for almost six (6) years straight (especially for the 4th of July weekend) at Billy’s Saloon, The Palace Bar and most famous ‘Matt’s Saloon.’ Further, throughout Buck’s musical career, he’s played with the likes of Al Casey, John Allen, Terry Sullivan, Marshall Yarn, Barry Shugart, Lex Griggs, Jim McIntosh, Bob ‘Doc’ Rosinski, Denny Sarver, Billy Easton,and many others. Buck formed The ‘AMERICAN KOUNTRY VARIETY BAND’ in November 2005 and without stopping, is always looking into the future.
He enjoyed performing for the Friends of Marty Robbins at the ‘Marty Robbins Tribute Concerts’ in Glendale, AZ for over 9 years as he was appointed as the music director because of his faithful service until the venue changed to Wilcox, AZ.
Buck is happily married to his best friend and the love of his life Lin who provides technical support for the band.