Mike Buck Bio
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Mike Buck has become one of the most influential drummers on the roots music scene. Known for his solid backbeat, Buck has played all over the world with a variety of bands.
As a teenager, he played around Fort Worth in places such as the Cellar, the Bluebird and the Chicken in a a Basket. After playing drums with Robert Ealey and the Five Careless Lovers, Johnny Carroll and countless other Fort Worth bands, Buck moved to Austin while in his twenties.
Teaming up with Keith Ferguson (bass), Jimmie Vaughan (guitar) and Kim Wilson (vocals and harmonica), Buck joined the Fabulous Thunderbirds playing on the band's first two records "Girls Go Wild" and "What's the Word." These two albums played an influential role in introducing blues music to a larger audience.
Shortly after leaving the T-Birds in 1981, the LeRoi Brothers formed. With a raw, in your face sound, Buck along with guitarists Steve Doerr and Don Leady quickly became the roots rock band to see. Now, over 30 years later with a few personnel changes, the LeRoi Brothers continue to bring their unique brand of rock and roll to the stage.
Along with his regular gigs with the LeRoi Brothers, Buck found time to play and record with other groups as well. The "Big Guitars From Texas" album paired Buck and Ferguson along with axe slingers Denny Freeman, Frankie Camero, Don Leady and Evan Johns. This album was nominated for a Grammy.
Throughout the late 80s and 90s, Buck played with Texas music legend Doug Sahm both in Austin and around the world.
In the early 90s Buck and Ted Roddy put together a group called the Naughty Ones which combined Latin, lounge and swing grooves.
Some of the other artists Buck has worked with include Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Hopkins, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Bo Diddley.
In 2001, Buck and guitarist Eve Monsees decided to put a band together that would combine blues with 60s rock and roll which led to the formation of Eve & the Exiles.
Buck continues to play regularly at night and work during the day at Antone's Record Shop which he co-owns. He is also a DJ on SunRadio (KDRP) and can be heard every Monday evening.