Buck was born in Meridian, MS., where he started playing banjo at age 12 studying from his brother Bruce Thrailkill with constant impressions from Carl Jackson Corbet Byrd, Mike Compton, and Avil Linton. Buck grew up playing all over the south touring on the Magnolia State Bluegrass Circuit at age 14 with childhood friend and music partner Guitarist James Beau Edwards. Buck plays the famous ‘Earl Scruggs’ style of 3 finger picking with some new grass style licks and songs. Growing up, he played and taught regularly till 1981 when he joined the U.S. Army. So picking took a back seat to life jumping out of airplanes for a few years till he retired at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC in Sept 1997. He has been playing and recording in various venues in North Carolina and surrounding areas for a many years now with several different bands and instrumental configurations ranging from Country to Honky-Tonk to Blues and Hardcore Bluegrass. Currently he is the VP of Operations at Rusty Knuckles Music, Owner of Fifth String Studio, the Co-Owner of Rebel Roots Studios, and partner and banjoist with JB Beverley. Buck has recorded on over 20 albums nationally and is a regular staple with artist such as Shooter Jennings, Billy Don Burns, Justine Wells, Leroy Virgil, and many more. His latest journey takes him back to his roots, surrounded by longtime friends in The Cumberland County Line Bluegrass Band where he has become the full time banjoist.