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Matt Buckstein: Denver’s Nashville-style star

Buckstein, one of Denver’s hottest country-western singers, arrives in jeans, a plaid shirt and low-slung cap. His baritone greeting ignites sweet fire in unsuspecting ears. The 6’4” Denver born and bred talent also happens to be Jewish, an unusual juxtaposition that’s hard to ignore. Let’s face it: Jewish kids don’t grow up to be country stars. “I’ve always been attracted to the culture of country and the cowboy,” says Buckstein, 37. “It’s honest, it’s got integrity. You build stuff with your hands. You don’t complain. You solve problems. “It’s probably similar to the tenets of the Jewish tradition; just has another hat.” Buckstein says that country-western stereotypes, particularly the music and a perceived redneck hangover, have changed dramatically over the years. “Modern country music has […]
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IJN Senior Writer | andrea@ijn.com

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