Buck Owens autobiography available Tuesday

Buck Owens autobiography available Tuesday
Image from Alliance Artist and Media Relations.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Buck Owens autobiography - in the works since the 1990s - will be released Tuesday.

"Buck 'Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens" will be sold by Backbeat Books for $29.99.

Owens recorded nearly 100 hours of memories on a cassette tape, according to Alliance Artist and Media Relations. The book covers Owens' youth in Texas and Arizona and his rise to country music stardom in Bakersfield.

Owens was born in 1929 and died in 2006. The county music hall of famer had 21 No.1 hits with his band the Buckaroos. The pinnacle of their success was the 1960s.

Current country stars Brad Paisley and Dwight Yoakam wrote the foreword and preface, respectively, for the book. Producer and author Randy Poe transcribed Owens' recordings.

"The stream of stories throughout this book captures, with an uncanny accuracy, the way I heard Buck speak whenever he told a story to someone," Yoakam said in a news release from Alliance.