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"I don't like country music... but I like you guys."  Buckstein gets that a lot.  No one's really sure why.  I mean, they play country music.  No question about that.  They cover the gamut from the old Merle tune that only your grandpappy would know right up to whatever's poppin' on the Top 40 charts.  And everything in between.  Maybe it's some of their cross-genre stuff that hooks the non-country-lovin' folk.  Stuff like Cameo, Cee Lo, Jay Z...  You haven't been to a Buckstein show if you haven't seen a dude in a cowboy hat rock "Bust a Move" by Young MC.  But that's just fun stuff.  They're country to the core.  That dude in the cowboy hat is Matt Buckstein - a 6 foot 4, bass-baritone powerhouse that once hit the Top 40 and 200 Million television sets on American Idol.  "That was a good time" Matt laments "but it's over and now I'm here, having the time of my life with my buddies."  He's speaking, of course, of his band of brothers that consists of blazing lead guitar player, Brett Walston.  Stone-cold master drummer, Mike Rice.  Rhythm 'n' steel rocker, Mark Mauldin.  And sub-bustin' bass player, Justin Gomes.  Together they create something electric.  Something that grabs you and makes you look up.  Maybe it's because they believe in everything they're playing.  Maybe it's because they never just "go through the motions".  Maybe it's because they care more about the crowd having a good time dancing, singing and laughing then they do about a paycheck.  Maybe it's because they do it right AND... they love doing it.  You can tell.  Yeah... maybe that's it.  Maybe that's why some people don't like country music and yet... they like Buckstein.

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