The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open a new exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, on March 23. Narrated by Dwight Yoakam, the exhibit will explore the roots, heyday and impact of the loud, stripped-down and radio-ready music most closely identified with the careers of Country Music Hall of Fame members Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The grand opening weekend will be highlighted by a March 24 panel discussion featuring Dallas Frazier, Don Maddox (of the Maddox Brothers & Rose), singer and TV personality Buddy Mize, singer-songwriters Rose Lee Maphis and Red Simpson and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard. Later that afternoon, all of the panelists will participate in a concert, headlined by Simpson, backed by West Coast bandleader and guitarist Deke Dickerson and other noted musicians from Tennessee and California. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit will run through 2013.
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