THE WESTERN WAY publicationóSpring 2006
Western Music Association
O.J. Sikes

At age 83, Buck Page has made a solo album Right Place to Start with an interesting "Historic Note" in the liner, intended to clear up a misconception. It points out that Buck's group he called Riders of the Purple Sage, which was organized in Pennsylvania when he was 13, is not the same as Foy Willing & the Riders of the Purple Sage. The CD gets off to a swingin' start with "You Pop My Corn," followed by a gospel tune, "Lay it On the Line," with backup vocals by the Daughters of the Purple Sage. Several of the songs, like this one, are not Western, but many are, my favorite being a little-known Billy Hill composition, "Colorado Memories," (nice harmony). Buck narrates a couple of poems with instrumental backing, and R.W. Hampton guests on two songs, a cowboy gospel song and an upbeat tune called "Ridin' on the Last Trail Home."