NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 18, 2013 - The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's major exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country will be held over through December 2014, Director Kyle Young announced today. The popular and acclaimed installation, which opened on March 23, 2012, was originally scheduled to close at the end of this year.
"The Bakersfield Sound exhibition has been incredibly popular with our visitors," said Young. "By extending its run, we are ensuring that even more music fans can learn about a key component of music history. This exhibition has also been rich with live programming opportunities-we've had Kay Adams, Country Music Hall of Fame members Merle Haggard and Jean Shepard, Red Simpson, members of Buck Owens' family and many more here since the opening-and this extra year will allow us to further expand on the exhibit story with more great programs."
Narrated by Dwight Yoakam, the exhibit 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 Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The exhibition has drawn critical acclaim throughout its run: The Wall Street Journal described it as "high spirited and handsomely mounted" and urged readers to "applaud the Country Music Hall of Fame for spotlighting a seminal musical movement that can still thrill and delight."
The Bakersfield Sound will continue to be accompanied by an ongoing series of school and family programs, including live performances, panel discussions, films, instrument demonstrations and more.
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.
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®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
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