Just in time to coincide with the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Bakersfield Sound exhibit, country music maestro Vince Gill, along with legend of the steel guitar Paul Franklin have released Bakersfield, a tribute to the Bakersfield Sound and it’s two biggest icons, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. This ten song album swaps between Buck and Merle tunes and features some of their most notable songs like “Foolin’ Around,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” and “The Fightin’ Side Of Me.” And you can win yourself a copy, including one copy singed by Vince and Paul right here on Saving Country Music (see below).
“Vince and Paul offer a great new touch to a great old sound,” says Merle Haggard who wrote the liner notes for the album. “It was great, certainly to hear my music done with the great touch of Vince and Paul. I feel highly complimented. But it was especially great to hear what they did with Buck’s stuff. Some may not notice, but I for one knew how great Buck really was, first as a musician, then as an artist.”
Vince Gill concurs, saying “This is just as much a guitar record for me as it is a singing record.” Gill plays all the acoustic and electric guitar fills and solos on the album, while Paul Franklin, who like Vince is a member of the prestigious studio supergroup The Time Jumpers and a 13-time winner of the ACM’s “Steel Guitar Player of the Year,” takes the rest of the fills. Together they breathe new life into songs originally released between 1961 and 1974.
To enter to win a copy of Bakersfield, simply leave a comment below telling us your favorite Buck Owens and/or Merle Haggard song. And if you have more than one favorite, leave as many favorite songs as you want. Just make sure to use your real email address when signing in to leave a comment so we can contact you to receive the goods if you’re chosen. Two people will be chosen to receive the CD, and one an autographed CD.
Track List:1. Foolin’ Around – Buck Owens (Written by Harlan Howard and Buck Owens) 2. Branded Man – Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard) 3. Together Again – Buck Owens (Written by Buck Owens) 4. The Bottle Let Me Down – Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard) 5. He Don’t Deserve You Anymore – Buck Owens (Written by Arty Lange and Buck Owens) 6. I Can’t Be Myself – Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard) 7. Nobody’s Fool But Yours – Buck Owens (Written by Buck Owens) 8. Holding Things Together – Merle Haggard (Written by Bob Trotten and Merle Haggard) 9. But I Do – Buck Owens (Written by Tommy Collins) 10. The Fightin’ Side Of Me – Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)
(8-6-13) Congratulations to commenter “Casey” who won the autographed copy, and “Keith L.” (who complained about folks not following the rules, so maybe its appropriate), and “Troy Turner.”