About The Artist
Almost from childhood, Paul Buskirk was considered a wizard on the mandolin, but he later exhibited similar skills on resonator guitar, tenor banjo, guitar, and perhaps other instruments.
The Buskirk Family hailed from Mineral Wells, West Virginia near Parkersburg. Paul was the youngest of three boys, the others being Buster and Wilbert (Willie). Together with their parents Everett and Lottie, the five became a family band in the middle-1930s. They played on such radio stations as WPAR Parkersburg and WMMN Fairmont where they gained a following.
About 1941, the family group dissolved and the boys went to KRLD in Dallas. Soon afterward Paul made his first records on Decca, playing six numbers backing the Callahan Brothers.
After World War II, Buskirk worked for a time with Johnny and Jack and played mandolin on their Apollo records. He also worked with Smilin' Eddie Hill, Lefty Frizzell and Ray Price.
In later years he owned a music store in Houston, bought songs from Willie Nelson ("Family Bible" and "Night Life") and later recorded with Willie Nelson. Nelson actually sang the lead on the first recording of "Family Bible," released under Buskirk's name.
He also recorded instrumental albums on a variety of instruments on the Stoneway label.
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