Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q Owner Mark Brown, 62, did not grow up dreaming of owning a barbecue restaurant. He opened the restaurant out of desperation.
Brown spent 20 years on the road, driving tour buses for some of the biggest bands and musicians of the century — and has tour passes, five platinum albums and stacks of memorabilia to prove it. Starting with a gig for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils from 1976-79, Brown, 23 at the time, grew up with a few of the members in Springfield. The band took him along to be a part of the stage crew.
“I never asked for the job,” Brown said. “The phone rang one night, and before I knew it, I was on my way to L.A.”
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