Country hoedown shows seemed to be quite popular in the early sixties with the BBC's
Country and Western Show and Border's Make Mine Country Style, both broadcast in
1963, while single-
Country and Western music was targeted by ABC for this single series show and given
In the end, Buckaroo was just an occasional show with no permanent slot in the Saturday evening schedules which wasn't conducive to any kind of viewer loyalty, it was almost like they didn't know what to do with it. Maybe ABC changed their mind and just designated it a filler show, despite a Melody Maker article in April 1961 which stated it was to be broadcast every third Sunday. Lasting only six shows it was directed by Ben Churchill from ABC's considerable pool of talent, as was its musical/choral director Barney Gilbraith.
Despite the country and western setting there were no country singers as such, so North American talent like Vaughan Monroe had to be brought in, while the regular featured singers were Sheila Buxton, The Westerners and The Vernons Girls.
Thankfully during the recording of the second show a horse that had been used as set dressing had bolted outside the studio bringing the show some much needed publicity. The whole production went on location to the Golden Horse Ranch in West Sussex for what turned out to be the final show, while at the same time in late July ABC put out a call for a real farm with a large barn to be used for another outside broadcast, but it was too late. Big Night Out returned and the barn was never needed.