CMHoF Hosts Bakersfield Sound Tribute Concert

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum marked the final month of its major, three-year exhibition, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country with a tribute concert on Saturday, Dec. 13 in the museum’s Ford Theater. Chuck Mead led a troupe comprised of Martin Lynds, Mark Miller, Carco Clave, Renae Truex through classics by Bakersfield legends, with an emphasis on Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. They were joined during the nearly two-hour program by special guests Deke Dickerson, Suzy Boggus, Chris Scruggs, Caitlin Rose, and Cam. Legendary guitarist James Burton walked onstage to a standing ovation and closed out the program by replicating his original signature licks from Haggard recordings of “Working Man Blues,” “The Fugitive,“ “Mama Tried,“ and more.

Catch The Bakersfield Sound at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum before it closes Dec. 31.

Pictured (back row, l-r): Deke Dickerson, Chuck Mead, and Martin Lynds; (middle row, l-r): the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ali Tonn, Carco Clave, James Burton, Suzy Bogguss, Cam, Rose Lee Maphis, and Renae Truex; (front row, l-r): Chris Scruggs, Caitlin Rose, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Abi Tapia. Photo: CK Photo

Pictured (back row, L-R): Deke Dickerson, Chuck Mead, and Martin Lynds; (middle row, L-R): the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ali Tonn, Carco Clave, James Burton, Suzy Bogguss, Cam, Rose Lee Maphis, and Renae Truex; (front row, L-R): Chris Scruggs, Caitlin Rose, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Abi Tapia. Photo: CK Photo

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