He invented the electric banjo and also played the five-string banjo, dobro, steel guitar, mandolin, electric bass, and guitar. Trent was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Feb. 17, 1938, and moved to Nashville in 1959. In 1962, he joined Porter Wagoner’s Wagonmasters, performing with the group for approximately a decade.
During his career, Trent also made appearances on The Marty Stuart Show and The Porter Wagoner Show, among others.
Over his long history, Trent received many awards and nominations. He and Roy Clark were twice named the Country Music Association Instrumental Group 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.
American Instrumentalist, Buck Trent Died at Age 85