I agree, Buck Owens isn't nearly the caliber of Johnny Cash or Willie, but he's definately fun to listen to. Johnny Cash definately rules! I especially like "Ring of Fire"! [heh heh heh]
Seriously though, I just bought the remastered "The Fabulous Johnny Cash" last week. It was his first release on Columbia Records (1959). The only part I don't like about this album is the Jordonaires on backing vocals parroting Johnny's lyrics. I'd rather just listen to Johnny sing.
Since I was so vociferous in my objections to country music as an adolescent, after I bought this album, I just had to call my mom and tell her, "...you're never going to believe what album I just bought..." She said, "See, I told you that was good music! It just goes to show, you shuld always listen to your momma!"
Until I watched the "Lost Highway" documentary, I thought that the band Nazareth wrote "Love Hurts." Now that I've heard Gram and Emmylou sing it, I know what the song's supposed to sound like. I'm having girlfriend problems right now too, so the deep soulfulness of the Gram and Emmylou version really resonated with me.
My next planned music acquistions, in no particular order, are: Gram Parsons, New Riders of the Purple Sage, JJ Cale, and John Hartford.
...but it seemed like such a good idea at the time...