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POSTED February 26, 2013 9:05 p.m.

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The Buck Ford Pure Country Band takes its cues from young vocalist and Nashville recording artist Buck Ford (pictured). The band will play Rookies Pub and Grill on Saturday.



Rookies Pub & Grill hosts Nashville

country recording artist Saturday

The Bulletin

Dust off your dancing boots, cowboys and cowgirls.

A taste of Nashville is coming to Manteca on Saturday night – by way of Vacaville.

The Buck Ford Pure Country Band will turn Rookies Pub and Grill into a floor-shaking Tennessee honky tonk with its traditional country sound, classic play list and original music.

“They do a lot of two step, a lot of line dancing and waltzes,” said Rookies Entertainment Director Chris Creek. “They’re great for country dancing.”

The Buck Ford Pure Country Band takes its cues from its namesake, lead vocalist Buck Ford, one of Nashville’s next in line.

Ford hails from Vacaville, but his soul and sound draw their strength from the Country Music Capital of the World.

Ford, who recently recorded his first CD “Guitar and Gasoline,” has picked a winning formula. He musical influences include George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Keith Whitley. Strait, Haggard and Jones are in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

With long brown hair curling out from beneath a white hat and a square jaw, Ford is one of Nashville’s newest faces.

But his sound and deep appreciation for country music have helped him connect generations all across the West Coast.

 “People seem to like Buck everywhere we go,” his website boasts. “He’s a kid from today’s generation, singing and playing about life, love and fun with a style straight out of the good ol’ days…”

“Guitar and Gasoline” features 10 songs, including duets with Mary Briseno and Kevin Willard.

On Saturday, he’ll look to set the Rookies Pub and Grill stage on fire.

The performance continues a promise the Raymus family made to its patrons. Beginning Jan. 19, Rookies has provided live music every Friday and Saturday evening, with the latter dubbed “Hot Country Nights.”

The new business model has included a bigger dance, new lighting and sound and the help of Creek, whose band – The Chris Creek Band – is the house band at Fremont’s The Saddle Rack.

“It’s getting busier and busier,” Creek said. “Every Saturday night, we’ve had country bands.”

No pressure, Ford.

The evening will begin with line dancing lessons for all ages with Lockeford’s Pat Mitchell at 7 o’clock. The Buck Ford Pure Country Band will follow at 9 p.m.

At that time, only those 21 and older are permitted inside the bar.

Rookies is one of many Northern California stops for the band over the next four months.

The tour gets under way on Thursday at Folsom’s Powerhouse Pub and continues Friday at Lodi’s Whiskey Barrel Saloon.

The Buck Ford Pure Country Band will also play stop in Vacaville, Roseville, Livermore (twice), Sacramento (twice), Lincoln, Chico and Middletown before traveling to Montana for a two-day George Strait Tribute Show.

Ford has traveled these roads before. His music career was born out of detour. He was once a promising talent on the West Coast Super Cross Series, receiving a full-ride endorsement from GPS Honda.

But the more he picked his guitar on long road trips, the more he was convinced.

Music – not motocross – was his true calling.

“Despite his dedication and talent in the professional motocross scene, his heart has always been in country music,” his website said.

For more information, contact Chris Creek at Rookies Pub and Grill at (209) 824-2889.

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