Remembering Buck Owens 10 years after his death

Posted at 6:52 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 21:57:42-04

It's been 10 years to the day since Bakersfield lost its greatest musical icon; Buck Owens performed for the final time on March 25, 2006, dying in his sleep later that night.

Owens garnered 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with the Buckaroos.

A decade after his passing, his friends and those who played with him are struggling to believe that it's been so long since they lost their friend.

"I'm here every month and I look at pictures and his name and everything around here," says Monty Byrom, who knew Owens and plays with the Buckaroos.

"It feels surreal that it's been 10 years to me."

The Crystal Palace has gone on since Owens' passing, packing the house with big country names and Buck Owens tributes.

"We get anybody who's on their way up or still remembers Buck to play here," Byrom said. "They remind us. They come here and trip out like the first time I did. They walk around and tell us stories, they're telling the Buckaroos stories about Buck."

His impact on Bakersfield is undeniable, but those who knew him best say that his impact on music as a whole is his greatest legacy.

"It's worldwide, I don't think people in Bakersfield realize how big his legacy is," Byrom said.

"Ray Charles, The Beatles, Creedence, I mean the list of, you know, people he influenced directly. That will live on forever. I really believe that."