Album: Right Place To Start
Artist: Buck Page
Label: RPS Records

Buck Page's career started in the Pittsburgh, PA area back in 1936 when he was just 13 years old. It was then and there that Buck started his Riders of the Purple Sage . Now, almost 70 years later, Buck's first CD is a reality. It is a very enjoyable album of 12 songs and 2 recollections for all Western and Western Swing fans to enjoy many times over. Buck's voice is still fantastic and the back-up band is super.

The band includes Joe DiBlasi, the album producer, playing guitar, Dobro, mandolin and bass. Doug Livingston is playing pedal steel and Frank Marocco is playing accordion. Both Cary and Larry Park are also heard playing guitar while Bill DiBlasi is the album drummer and Dennis Caplinger plays both fiddle and banjo. Dick Wells is the background vocalist throughout the album behind Buck's lead vocal. Guests also join Buck on the album. The Daughters of the Purple Sage are featured along with Buck on the inspirational Gary Bright composition, Lay It On The Line and R.W. Hampton joins Buck for two tunes. One is another inspirational song from Joe DiBlasi and Gary Bright Quiet Times, and a swinging Western tune with big hit potential titled Ridin' On The Last Trail Home.

Other songs are the album opening western swing item You Pop My Corn and two Buck Page compositions, the swing oriented ballad Keeper Of My Heart and Wind Lullaby, a western tune with a swing feel. Another gem is the album title song Right Place to Start while Tractor Song has touches of country, western swing and western. Another true highlight of this CD is Buck's intro to and Billy Hill's Colorado Memories. Over the past 25 years of doing my radio show this reviewer has had old timers call and request this song a few times. Unfortunately, it has been one of the few requests that I have not been able to honor because I could not find a recording. Thanks so very much to Buck for bringing back this western chestnut with the beautiful steel work by Doug. Other Western items beautifully done are Little Cowboy, Montana Sky and Stan Jones' western classic from Vaughn Monroe, Peggy Lee, The Sons of the Pioneers and so many others, Ghost Riders In The Sky.

Mike Gross, WVOF-FM, Fairfield, CT
December 14, 2005