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The Bakersfield SoundNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will shine a spotlight on its exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, with several special programs on November 10-11. Highlights include a family program in which kids will create an art project inspired by Bakersfield Sound stage wear and instruments; a songwriter session with Buddy Mize; and an interview with Buck Owens family members Buddy Alan, John Owens, Mel Owens and Michael Owens (including a brief performance by Alan), all on Saturday, November 10.

The songwriter session and interview are included with museum admission and free for museum members; admission to the family program is free. Please visit the museum’s website, for additional admission information.

Here is the complete list of November Bakersfield Sound programs:

Saturday, November 10 10:00 a.m.
Family Program: The Look of Bakersfield
Explore the sparkly stage wear and instruments featured in the exhibit The Bakersfield Sound, and learn about significant designers in this hands-on workshop. Participants examine the clothing on display in our featured exhibit before creating a design for their own handkerchief or paper guitar using fabric swatches, rhinestones, glitter, sequins, ribbons and fringe. Ages 5 to 15. Free.
Saturday, November 10 11:30 a.m.
Songwriter Session: Buddy Mize
Buddy Mize wrote the classic song “(You Keep Me) Hangin’ On,” which has been recorded by Cher, Vern Gosdin, Waylon Jennings, Barbara Mandrell, Charlie McCoy, Joe Simon, Kitty Wells and others. Mize also has composed songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Jean Shepard and more. He began his career performing with his well-known brother, Billy Mize, in the thriving Bakersfield, California, music scene of the 1950s. Buddy is a founding member and past president of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.
Saturday, November 10 1:30 p.m.
Interview and Performance: Love’s Gonna Live Here: Memories of Buck and Bonnie Owens
Buddy Alan and Michael Owens will answer questions about their late parents, Buck and Bonnie Owens, and their stepfather, Merle Haggard. They will be joined by their half-brother, John Owens, and their cousin Mel Owens. Alan, who recorded hits for Capitol Records in the late 1960s and ’70s, will perform briefly. The program will be illustrated with historic photographs and vintage audio and video clips, and will be streamed live on Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.
Sunday, November 11 1:00 p.m.
Bakersfield Guitar Sounds Demonstration: Pete Finney and Jimmy Melton
Pete Finney and Jimmy Melton will demonstrate musical styles associated with the Bakersfield Sound. The discussion will highlight pedal-steel guitarists Tom Brumley, Norm Hamlet and Ralph Mooney, and Fender Telecaster stylists James Burton, Roy Nichols and Don Rich. Finney’s resumé includes work with the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols and Doug Sahm. Jimmy Melton has performed with Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. His songs have been recorded by Trace Adkins, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton, Hank Williams Jr. and many others. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.
Sunday, November 11 2:00 p.m.
Film Screening: The Buck Owens Show (1966)
Buck Owens & the Buckaroos grin through two episodes of this television series with music, comedy and bright, sequined costumes. Owens welcomes guests Kay Adams, Buddy Alan, Dick Curless, Susan Raye and Red Simpson. These episodes feature some of Owens’s hit songs, such as “Under Your Spell Again” and “Together Again.” 54 minutes. Free.

These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for The Bakersfield Sound family program is provided by Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country explores the roots, heyday and impact of The Bakersfield Sound, the loud, stripped-down and radio-ready music most closely identified with the careers of Country Music Hall of Fame members Owens and Haggard. The more than 5,000-square-foot exhibition opened on March 23, 2012, and will run through December 31, 2013.

The Bakersfield Sound exhibition is supported by the Academy of Country Music, Ford Motor Company Fund and SunTrust. Additional support was provided by Buck Owens Production Company. Promotional support is being provided by media partners Great American Country Television Network and Cumulus Media.

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