|Birth name||Charles Wilburn Trent|
|Origin||Spartanburg, South Carolina|
|Instruments||Banjo, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass, Guitar|
|Associated acts||Roy Clark, Porter Wagoner, Bill Carlisle, Dolly Parton|
Charles Wilburn "Buck" Trent (born February 17, 1938) is an American country music instrumentalist currently performing in Branson, Missouri. He invented the electric banjo and also plays the five-string banjo, dobro, steel guitar, mandolin, electric bass and guitar.
Born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Buck started performing on WORD (AM) Radio at the age of 10. He traveled to California and Texas, finally arriving in Nashville in 1959 where he joined the Bill Carlisle Show and first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. He was a member of Porter Wagoner's "Wagon Masters" from 1962 to 1973, and also appeared on the Roy Clark Show and Hee Haw. He played lead guitar on Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and "Jolene". In 2012 Buck was featured on two songs on Marty Stuart's album, "Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down".
Over his long history, Buck has received many awards and nominations. He was twice named the Country Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year (1975, 1976) and he was twice the No. 1 Instrumentalist of the Year for the Music City Awards. Included in his nominations are the 1976 No. 1 Instrumentalist of the Year for Record World, 1972 through 1981 No. 1 Instrumentalist for the Music City News Awards and in 1979-1981 Instrumental Group of the Year (with Wendy Holcomb in the Bluegrass category) for the Music City News Awards.
In addition to "The Porter Wagoner Show" and "Hee Haw", other television credits for Buck Trent include "The Marty Stuart Show", "Country's Family Reunion" on RFD-TV, "Mike Douglas Show", "The Tonight Show", "Nashville On The Road", "Tommy Hunter Show", "Dinah!", "Command Performance", "Music City Tonight", and "Nashville Now".
Buck's performing career also includes many touring shows, in particular he toured the U.S.S.R. with Roy Clark in 1976. This was the first country music act to tour Soviet Russia. In the early 80's while on tour with the "Porter Wagoner Show", Buck came to Branson, Missouri and performed at the Baldknobber's Jamboree Theatre. Several years later he opened for Mickey Gilley at the Mickey Gilley Theatre in Branson, Missouri and then in 1990 became he became the first national act to open a live music show in Branson performed in the morning. Buck's current morning show in Branson, Missouri is called "Buck Trent Country Music Show" and is performed at RFD-TV The Theatre.
- Bionic Banjo, 1976