On the 15th anniversary of Buck Owens’ death, good news for fans: Shuttered BMOA will soon reopen with three exhibits, including Bakersfield Sound
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – It’s been exactly 15 years since Bakersfield’s most famous citizen passed away. Buck Owens, the Country Hall of Fame performer, radio magnate, and community benefactor, died that day in 2006 at the age of 76.
Owens had 21 number 1 hits on the Billboard country music list, 14 of them in a row over a five-year stretch, and he co-hosted the musical variety show Hee Haw for 17 seasons.
However, he was best known locally for his business prowess – he owned several radio stations in the west, including Bakersfield’s KUZZ; for its Crystal Palace Dinner Club; and for decades of generosity in his adopted home, Bakersfield.
Owens is of course considered one of the driving forces behind Bakersfield Sound, and on that front KGET.com has some good news to report. Visitors can enjoy a little Buck Owens ambiance when the Bakersfield Music of Art reopens to the public next Tuesday (and Saturday for BMOA members) with three exhibits. One of them is called “The Bakersfield Sound: Roll Out the Red Carpet”. ”
It features artifacts from that period in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s – including Buck’s very first Fender Telecaster guitar and a self-guided tour narrative written by KGET’s own Robert Price.
The opening times of the museum will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. after it reopens (closed on Sundays and Mondays). Tickets are $ 10 (or $ 5 for children and seniors). It is located on 1930 R Street next to Mill Creek Park.