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MATT MUNOZ: Owens' legacy still holds sway

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Roy Clark and his band play in front of a packed house at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in May. Buck Owens Productions has received three nominations for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, announced Wednesday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Bakersfield Sound pioneer Red Simpson will be saluted at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Feb. 23.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

It's been a big week for Buck Owens Productions. Nominations for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced Wednesday, and Owens Productions garnered three nod, including Nightclub of the Year, medium market Radio Station of the Year for KUZZ, and the Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year for Crystal Palace staffer Jerry Hufford, his first such nomination.

The Crystal Palace previously won the ACM nightclub honor in 1997, 2004 and 2006. KUZZ won the ACM medium market award in 1999 and 2009, and KUZZ on-air personalities Steve Gradowitz and Geoff Emery won last year for medium market on-air personality of the year (tying with a duo from back East).

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The Academy of Country Music Awards will be held April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast that evening at 8 p.m. on Bakersfield CBS affiliate KBAK-TV, Channel 29.

Another milestone will be marked at the Crystal Palace on Friday with a special one-night-only reunion for the Buckaroos, with the return of guitarist Terry Christoffersen to the stage. This is Christofferson's first official appearance with Buckaroo keyboardist Jim Shaw and bassist Doyle Curtsinger since he took a break from the group for health reasons in 2011.

Christoffersen, Shaw and Curtsinger will be joined onstage by guitarist Chuck Seaton, drummer Dave Wulfekuehler and vocalist Kim McAbee.

Monty Byrom and Buddy Alan Owens, who rotate as lead singer at the Palace most weekends, will not be performing but will return to their regular schedules in March.

The Crystal Palace concert schedule is looking impressive, with upcoming shows by Austin Americana quintet Reckless Kelly on Feb. 23, former Staind rock vocalist-gone-country Aaron Lewis on March 5, "American Idol" season 9 finalist Casey James on March 14, the newly reunited Mavericks on March 25, and Tracy Lawrence on April 10. Tickets for all shows are on sale.

Friday's show with the Buckaroos begins at 7:30 p.m. Buck Owens' Crystal Palace is located at 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. For information call 328-7560 or visit buckowens.com.

Red Simpson

In other country-related news, Bakersfield Sound songwriter/musician Red Simpson will be saluted at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Feb. 23.

According to a press release, Simpson, 78, will be the subject of the museum's quarterly programming series "Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters." The program will feature an in-depth live interview and performance by Simpson inside the museum's Ford Theater.

The "Poets and Prophets" series honors songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music history. Other honorees include country music icons Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Hank Cochran and others.

The program is presented in support of the museum's exhibition "The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country," which runs through 2013.

The show will stream live at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at countrymusichalloffame.org.

Last year a mammoth five-disc box set of Simpson's recorded works, titled "Hello, I'm Red Simpson," was released by Germany's Bear Family Records just before his 78th birthday. Simpson still performs weekly at Trout's honky-tonk as he's done for nearly 20 years.

Bill Cosby sold out

Ticketless fans with late plans to attend Friday's appearance by comedy legend Bill Cosby at the Fox are out of luck.

According to Fox Theater representatives, the show sold out two weeks ago; however, there is a remote chance that a few seats may be released for purchase before the show. Those feeling lucky can call the box office at 324-1369 or stake out the ticket office in your loudest Cosby sweater.

Matt's picks

Phantom Stranger Inc. Presents at Vinny's Bar, 2700 South Union, 9 p.m., Saturday $5.

This triple bill of heavy rock and punk has weekend riot warrior written all over it. Bakersfield's alternative trio Stockz and Blondz are a name to keep an eye out for this year, along with local punk veterans Hossbruten, who are bound to be as lovingly obnoxious as always. Ridgecrest's the Barstool Saints have been regular visitors for a few years now and always pack a musical punch. Shout out some requests for Danzig on my behalf and see what happens.

'90s Music Tribute at Sandrini's, 1918 Eye St., 9 p.m., Sunday, free, 322-8900.

With songs from the decade that brought us grunge, flannel, nu metal, emo and Kenny G, every hipster hitting their 30s can join hands and sing along to a guaranteed blast from the past. Bust out your British Knights and LA Gear kicks for extra credit or, if you really feel brave, bring your Pog collection.

Del the Funky Homosapien at B Ryder's, 7401 White Lane, 8 p.m., Tuesday, $10, all ages, 397-7304.

He may be the cousin of rapper Ice Cube, but Oakland hip-hop misfit Teren Delvon Jones, aka Del the Funky Homosapien, is one of the most revered names in hip-hop. After making his debut in 1991 with the album "I Wish My Brother George Was Here," featuring the song "Mistadobalina," Del rode a nice wave of popularity until hitting some temporary skids and disappearing from the stage. Today he's back making the rounds and collaborating with some of rap and pop's biggest names, including the Gorillaz, who cite him as an influence.

Also appearing: Bukue One, The Intercepterz. Highly recommended.

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