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Sherman-area music festival to honor Buck Owens

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A 1977 publicity photo of Buck Owens. A 1977 publicity photo of Buck Owens.

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- A new music festival now in the planning stages will honor a famous native son: Sherman-born country music legend Buck Owens.

Owens, who died in 2006, had 21 No. 1 hits and was also known as the co-host of the "Hee Haw" TV series. 

Former Sherman City Council member Kevin Couch, who is organizing the Buck Owens Music Festival, said he's talking with officials to secure the North Texas Regional Airport as a venue suitable for fans from all across North Texas and southern Oklahoma. That decision could come as soon as Thursday.

"I think Buck Owens is such a big deal, especially to the citizens of Sherman, because we are one of two cities in the United States of America that can lay claim to Buck Owens and his heritage and his music genre as we know it," Couch said. 

He initially considered the idea of commissioning a statue to honor Owens, but Couch and a friend decided it would be more fitting to establish an event that spotlights his musical heritage.

Couch promises that the headliner at the festival will be someone you know who has five No. 1 albums -- but the artist's name will remain a secret until early next year.

Circle your calendars for the day-long event which will take the stage on April 6, 2019.