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It was a rare moment of sorrow, likely imperceptible to much of the crowd at Bakersfield’s Crystal Palace nightclub and restaurant, during the Buck Owens Birthday Bash, the first such celebration since the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s death in March 2006.

More often, a celebratory mood held sway Tuesday (Aug. 14) as a parade of acts — including Raul Malo, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Lance Miller, ex-Big House singer Monty Byrom and the Buckaroos, among others — ran through material for more than four hours at the house that Buck built.

Nashville Star alum Lance Miller joined the Buckaroos for a sturdy version of “Mama Tried,” a classic by Owens’ Bakersfield peer Merle Haggard. Buddy Owens wore one of his father’s rhinestone-studded jackets while singing a medley of his hits, and Byrom added soulful vocal twists and a smoky sound to “Big In Vegas,” the last song Owens ever sang in public.

Owens would’ve been 78 on Sunday (Aug. 12), and while he’s certainly missed, the Crystal Palace held very little sadness at the bash. And that’s as it should be. Many of the employees at his company maintain they’re still working for Owens. Meanwhile, much of his music is still working for — and through — the artists who continue to bear his influence.It was a rare moment of sorrow, likely imperceptible to much of the crowd at Bakersfield’s Crystal Palace nightclub and restaurant, during the Buck Owens Birthday Bash, the first such celebration since the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s death in March 2006.

More often, a celebratory mood held sway Tuesday (Aug. 14) as a parade of acts — including Raul Malo, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Lance Miller, ex-Big House singer Monty Byrom and the Buckaroos, among others — ran through material for more than four hours at the house that Buck built.

by Tom Roland 8/15/2007
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