I had seen the name Rooster Quantrell quite a bit on the European charts and the name really stuck in my mind. When I finally had a chance to hear some of his music and do some research I stumbled onto a story that was as interesting as the music. Rooster Quantrell is a character invented by a Colonel Buster Doss. Rooster is a real person now, but only because the Colonel brought him to life by discovering and coaching his candidate to play the role he had envisioned in 1980. The Colonel's story is a very interesting one."He at one time or another appeared in western movies including "Bronco Buck Cody" and "The Cactus Kid", became a member of The Louisiana Hayride along with Hank Williams, Johnny Horton, Kitty Wells, Johnny and Jack, Faron Young, Webb Pierce, Jim Reeves and later, Elvis. He owned and operated Country Music's largest Phone Promotion Unit with over 200 employees promoting Grand Ole Opry Shows with Billy Grammer the Head liner, Louisiana Hayride Shows, Cody's Helldrivers Thrill Shows and Marvin The Marvelous Magician. He owned and operated the worlds second largest Tent Circus "Colonel Buck Cody's Pioneer Circus and Wild West Show". Later in the same year moved to Nashville and managed Acts such as Billy Grammer, Billy Walker, Sky King, and a dozen other Grand Ole Opry Stars. Having formed Wizard Records in 1959 in Waco, Texas, he brought it to Nashville where it became the first Major Independent Record Label on the famed Music Row. Relocated to Missouri where he built a Radio Station and the first of seven "Frontier Jamboree Music Theaters" and "Codyland Village", all of which he owned and operated. Opened the second "Frontier Jamboree" and a Theme Park, "Six Shooter Junction" in Harlingen, Texas. Moved to Austin, Texas and became one of the Founding Fathers of the "Outlaw" movement that took the world by storm. He formed a group known as "Cooder Browne", signed them to Willie Nelson's Lone star Records and Mercury Records, got them the job as Willie's opening act and handled press for Willie's 1979 Fourth of July Picnic while managing twelve other Austin Acts. He moved Stardust Records to Nashville and signed Billy Grammer, Rhonda Vincent, Bill Carlisle, Donna Darlene, James O'Gynne, Larry Butler and many others. The urge hit to open another "Frontier Jamboree" (the fourth) (1. Marline, Missouri, 2. Harlingen, Texas, 3. Georgetown, Texas), this time in Ashdown, Arkansas. He operated this theater from 1982 until 1985 and started the careers of Tracy Lawrence and Rooster Quantrell, just to name a couple. He played the lead in "The Vitonka Medicine Show" at the American Place Theater on Broadway, New York City. Opened his fifth "Frontier Jamboree" in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and the sixth in Athens, Texas. Hung his Hat on Billy Goat Hill in Winchester, Tennessee and in 1990 opened the seventh "Frontier Jamboree". TODAY: He manages "The Colonel Buster Doss Music Group" from his home on Billy Goat Hill, Winchester, Tennessee. These are a few of the acts with which Colonel Buster Doss has done shows. Some of them he also was their producer and/or manager. Hank Williams • Johnny Horton • Elvis Presley • Billy Grammer • Billy Walker • Sky King • Conway Twitty • Tex Ritter • Hank Thompson • Johnny Rodriguez • Willie Nelson • Tracy Lawrence • Porter Wagonner • Dolly Parton • David Houston • Johnny Cash • Ernest Tubb • Red Foley • Bob Wills • Asleep At The Wheel • Rooster Quantrell • Lefty Frizzell • Johnny Paycheck • Roy Acuff • George Jones • Sonny James • Texas Playboys • George Strait • Kitty Wells • Johnny and Jack • Bailes Bros. • Stringbean • Shot Jackson • Bill Carlisle • Lonzo and Oscar • Cooder Browne • Cal Smith • Claude King • Tommy Cash • O.B. McClinton • Sleepy LaBeef • Leon Douglas • Martha Carson • Grandpa Jones • Linda Cassady • Sons of the Pioneers • Merle Kilgore • Linda Wunder • Tommy D. • Cliff Archer • Benny Ray • The Border Raiders • Last Cowboy Band • Brazos Valley Ranch Hands • Johnny Gimble • Buddy Emmons • Red Sovine • Arkansas Playboys • Flatt & Scruggs • Jim & Jesse • Spade Cooley • Tex Williams • Ray Wylie Hubbard • Geezinslaw Bros • Leon Russell • Mickey Gilley • Bobby Bare • Rhonda Vincent • Sally Mountain Gang • Barbara Fairchild • Ernie Ashworth • Larry Butler • Laura Lee McBride • Leona Williams • Dale McBride • James O'Gwynn • Bob & Joe Shelton & The Sunshine Boys • Chuck Wagon Gang • Frank Stamps Quartet • Doug Autry • Minnie Pearl • Tommy Scott • Tim McCoy • Jimmie Davis • Light Crust Doughboys • Wilburn Bros • Stan Hitchcock • Jerry Jeff Walker • Steve Formholtz • Wayne Raney • Smiling Jerry Jericho • "Country" Johnny Mathis • Clayton Michaels • R.B. Stone • Lonnie Glosson • Tommy Duncan • Wally Fowler • Oak Ridge Boys • Tex Beneke • Doug Kershaw • Jimmy C. Newman
These are just some of the Highlights of a career in Show Business spanning over a half century." The Colonel says, "If you can find anyone in the Music Business who can even come close to this Track Record - I'll show you a tree that a bird has never lit in!" You can visit the Colonel at:
In 1980 The Colonel began to develop the "Rooster Quantrell" idea. He called a life long amigo of his, Max Harrison (who drew the Gene Autry & "Smiley" Burnette comic books) to draw up the logo for "Rooster Quantrell". But the right person had to be found to portray "Rooster"! It was a long search! This person not only had to have a great voice but would have to be a top-shelf musician to meet the standards the Colonel wanted and had set for "Rooster Quantrell". The Colonel has owned Country Music Theaters (The Frontier Jamborees) from Missouri to Texas, and it was on one of his Jamborees in Ashdown, Arkansas that he found "Rooster". A young man who plays trumpet, piano, guitar, bass, Etc. The Colonel began to develop his musical style. A lot of rainy nights and long days went into this project before "Rooster" began to emerge."
Mule Dog Records names this the CD of the year! Never has there been a finer example of western swing than in this fantastic collection of material. Rooster's voice has that real Cowboy sound of Gene Autrey, Roy Rogers and Willie Nelson but also has the richness of a Bing Crosby. The Colonel assembled some of the finest musicians to record this gem and it really does shine!
"With musicians like the great Buddy Emmons on Steel Guitar, Larry Franklin from The Cooder Browne Band and Asleep At The Wheel and who has recently done the albums of such great stars as Mark Chesnutt, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, on Fiddle, Plus Bass Player Mike Chapman who did most of Garth Brooks's albums and many other great session pickers who grew up on Western Swing. It is easy to see why this is such a great CD!!!"
Our favorite song is "Rose Of San Antone" and we'll be singing that one around the Mule Dog campfire for many years to come. This is a real tribute to the lifetime of work the Colonel has invested in the music industry, since he is not only responsible for the vision that brought this together but also is the author of all the wonderful songs contained on the CD. Our hats are off to the Colonel, Rooster and all the musicians that made this our pick for CD of the year 2000!
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