Buck Back for Birthday Bash

Buck Owens had a prime seat at his Crystal Palace Steakhouse in Bakersfield, Calif., Tuesday (Aug. 10) as a packed house of friends and fans celebrated his 75th birthday Owens will officially reach the milestone Thursday (Aug. 12). Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam, Raul Malo and Jim Lauderdale were among those who serenaded him from the stage, citing Owens’ enormous influence on their music. Garth Brooks, Terri Clark and George Jones phoned to offer their birthday wishes, and Toby Keith and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent telegrams. In his private office before the show, Owens told CMT News he is slowly recovering from a stroke he suffered in February. He said he had been working on a new album when the stroke hit, and he was forced to take time off to recuperate. Asked how he’s feeling now, he answered with an enthusiastic, “I feel pretty damn good!” Owens later hit the stage to duet with Malo and Paisley and joined Yoakam for the classic “Streets of Bakersfield.”