Country Music Hall Of Fame To Open Exhibit On Bakersfield Sound
February 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM in NASHVILLE will tell the story of those who popularized a new kind of Country music in mid-20th century AMERICA in “The BAKERSFIELD Sound: BUCK OWENS, MERLE HAGGARD And CALIFORNIA Country,” a more than 5,000-square-foot exhibition opening on FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd and closing on DECEMBER 31st, 2013.
Narrated by DWIGHT YOAKAM, the exhibit will explore the BAKERFIELD Sound by COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME Members like BUCK OWENS and MERLE HAGGARD.
“We are incredibly excited to explore the BAKERSFIELD Sound story,” said Museum Dir. KYLE YOUNG. “It’s an epic tale, born in the GREAT DEPRESSION, set 2,000 miles from Country music’s epicenter, and populated by a remarkably talented and tight-knit community of musicians who came together to invigorate and reinvent Country music as they knew it. These colorful artists infused their work with an aural intensity and independent spirit, in the process creating a sound that reverberates through Country music to this day.
Grand opening weekend will be highlighted by a SATURDAY, MARCH 24th panel discussion featuring DALLAS FRAZIER, DON MADDOX, ROSE LEE MAPHIS, BUDDY MIZE, JEAN SHEPARD and RED SIMPSON. Later that afternoon, all of the panelists will participate in a concert, headlined by SIMPSON, backed by DEKE DICKERSON and other noted musicians from TENNESSEE and CALIFORNIA. Other opening weekend programs include a book talk, a film screening and an instrument demonstration.
Throughout its 21-month run, the exhibit will be accompanied by related public programs including live performances, films, panel discussions and more. The schedule will be regularly updated at www.countrymusichalloffame.org.