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CMHoF&M Presents Two Bakersfield Sound Programs in March

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The Bakersfield SoundNashville, TN -- This month, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special program and performance by musician and producer Pete Anderson (March 22) and a Merle Haggard film screening (March 30) in support of the exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country. The film screening is FREE, and the Anderson program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Visit for complete admission details.

On March 22, at 2:30 p.m., Anderson will sit for an interview in the Ford Theater with the museum’s curatorial director, Mick Buck. Pete Anderson: California Country’s Second Generation will feature a discussion of his career as a guitarist and producer. Anderson gained prominence in the 1980s for his guitar and production work with Dwight Yoakam. The pair generated over a dozen Top Ten singles and led a renewal of interest in the Bakersfield Sound. Anderson also produced records for Mark Chesnutt, Sara Evans, Roy Orbison and others. In addition to the interview, Anderson will perform songs from the Bakersfield repertoire and from his latest release, Bird Above Guitarland. The program will be streamed live at

On March 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ford Theater, the museum will screen Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself (2010). This 90-minute installment of American Masters (PBS) by filmmaker Gandulf Hennig includes concert footage and interviews with Haggard, his family, friends and fellow artists. The film tracks Haggard’s life and career through growing up in Oildale, California, his incarceration at San Quentin and his successful career as a songwriter and singer. John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Richards and Don Was also appear in the film.

Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

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