A onetime member of Buck Owens’ backing group has died. Ohio’s “Akron Beacon Journal” says services for The Buckaroos’ former pedal steel player, Jerry Brightman, will take place Monday evening at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The Akron-born musician died suddenly at his Cuyahoga Falls home on March 9th. He was 61. Jerry began performing professionally at the age of 12. When Jerry was 18 Buck recruited him for his band. He worked with Buck Owens and The Buckaroos in the early 1970s, performing with the group as well as making regular appearances on “Hee Haw.”

After leaving The Buckaroos Brightman turned his attention to other aspects of the music business. His accomplishments included establishing the Wheeling, West Virginia country music festival Jamboree in the Hills. Over the course of his career Jerry also worked with other artists, including David Frizzel, Susan Raye, and Arlo Guthrie.