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Country Music Instrumentalist, Longtime Branson Entertainer Buck Trent Dies

A country music legend who made a major mark on the Branson entertainment scene has passed away.

According to a social media post from his wife, Buck Trent died early this morning at the age of 85. 

Trent was an award-winning instrumentalist whose career started in the 1950’s. After working with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, Trent began a decade long stint in Porter Wagoner’s band then followed that up with eight years working with Roy Clark in his band plus on the television show Hee Haw. He played on many hit records including two of Dolly Parton’s 1970’s hits Jolene and I Will Always Love You. 

After visiting the Branson area in the 80’s, Trent opened one of the first morning shows in Branson and was part of the music scene in the lakes region for the next three decades. Trent’s final album, Spartanburg Blues, was released in 2018. 

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