A Record Store Day Treat: The Buck Owens Coloring Book

This year’s Record Store Day is all about the vinyl exclusives, limited edition CDs and a coloring book. What? A coloring book? Yes, and not just any coloring book but a vintage 1970 Buck Owens and the Buckeroos coloring book!

Here’s the story. Last year, the folks at Omnivore Recordings released a 45 of rare Buck Owens (“Close Up The Honky Tonks”/”My Heart Skips A Beat”) and they were looking for a different Owens item for this year’s RSD. Omnivore partner Cheryl Pawelski had a Buck Owens coloring book in her collection and thought they could do some type of reprinting of it. They checked with the Owens estate, who asked how many of the actualcoloring books they wanted. So they struck a deal for 2,500 of these sought-after collector’s items that were stored in the Owens warehouse.

There’s a bit of a mystery surrounding these vintage coloring books. While there were made back in the 1970, Pawelski isn’t 100% sure if they are ever available to the public except for periodically at the Crystal Palace.  The coloring book deals with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos performing a concert and features a double page spread of them playing with a list of four songs: “Act Naturally, “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail,” “Together Again” and “Crying Time.”

It wouldn’t be a Record Store Day item, however, without some music involved. So, Omnivore is also including a four-song flexidisc (and a digital download card) with the four songs spotlighted on the coloring book’s songlist. These songs are come from a Live At The White Housealbum that Omnivore is giving its CD debut to in June. This CD release also comes packed with some interesting extras – previously unreleased recordings that Buck & The Buckeroos did for the Apollo 16 astronauts (so, you could say that these tunes are making their earthly debut). 

To go along with the patriotic theme of this material, the flexidiscs will be pressed up in three different colors – red, white or blue (although it won’t be red, white and blue, like Buck’s signature guitar). While Record Store Day will come with a treasure trove of music treats, few will match the uniqueness of these real, antique coloring books. Just keep them away from any crayon-crazy toddlers!

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Comment by Cary Allen Fields on April 13, 2012 at 7:53am

Instant collectors item, this. They need to mass produce a few so I can let the little pickers at them! Would relish the opportunity to teach them critters about Buck, Don, Brumley, Harlan Howard and the like.  

Comment by hyperbolium.com on April 17, 2012 at 10:20am

If you can't find a copy of the Buck Owens coloring book (or even if you can), check out Aye Jay's Country Music Fun Time Activity Book.

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Created by No Depression Feb 17, 2009 at 9:06pm. Last updated by No Depression Sep 24, 2012.