The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has elected to hold over their exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, for another entire year due to its overwhelming popularity. The Dwight Yoakam-narrated exhibit opened in March 2012 and explores the rich roots and lasting impact of the Bakersfield sound. It was originally slated to close its run at the end of this year.
The exhibit received plenty of critical acclaim as well: The Wall Street Journal proclaimed it to be “high spirited and handsomely mounted,” urging readers to “applaud the Country Music Hall of Fame for spotlighting a seminal musical movement that can still thrill and delight.”
“The Bakersfield Sound exhibition has been incredibly popular with our visitors,” said CMHOF Director Kyle 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.”
The Bakersfield Sound exhibit will continue to be accompanied by an ongoing series of school and family programs, including live performances, panel discussions, films, instrument demonstrations and more, through December 2014.
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