Kim McAbee Biography
You many already know her name, or maybe you’ve heard her referred to as the “Worlds only Buckarette”. Kim is among only a handful of women who worked with the legendary Buck Owens. It was when she met keyboard player Jim Shaw at the beginning of her singing career that resulted to her performing with the group and this year celebrating her 25th anniversary with the Buckaroo Band. It has not only been a blessing but the root she needed to learn about the Bakersfield history and the opportunity to learn first hand about performing from a natural like Buck Owens.
She has also performed with and opened for artist such as: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Clint Black, Marty Stuart, Neil McCoy, Brad Paisley, Mark Wills, Dwight Yokum, Joe Nichols, Dierks Bently, Collin Raye, even the late Keith Whitley and the list goes on.
She has had three released CD’s- with a national release Album “That’s What I’m Talkin’ About’ that put her in the No. 1 position on New Music Independent Charts and into the top 100 for Music Row. Her awards include: ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ in Bakersfield, ‘Most Promising Female Vocalist’ and Female Vocalist of the Year with the CCMA Los Angeles three years in a row, as well as ‘Record of the Year’ with her single ‘Make Believin’ and ‘Breakout Artist’ nominee with New Music Weekly. She currently has a new duet CD ‘Stand Still with Me’, set for release August 1, 2016 with County Star Ty Herndon, that also introduces her a as songwriter for the first time. The first single has a new and fun twist on the traditional song, ‘Looking Back to See’.
This year has been a monumental year as Kim and her husband, former home builder and Mayoral Candidate Kyle Carter constructed and founded the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, a performing arts theatre that is designed to nurture and pay homage to the rich music history that is the Bakersfield Music Legacy which has been handed down from the greats like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Tommy Collins & Red Simpson to name just a few.
Her new role as Executive Director is keeping her very busy these days. Check our the website at www.bakersfieldmusichalloffame.com or www.kimmcabee.com , https://www.facebook.com/kimmcabee
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