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Historical Tribute Album “Bakersfield” Receives Praise

Posted by Kristina Burton on 08/08/2013
20 Grammy Award-winning artist Vince Gill and famed steel guitarist, Paul Franklin, released Bakersfield last week to thunderous praise. In support of the historical release, Gill and Franklin appeared on two NPR programs--“All Things Considered” and “On Point.” On the latter show, both artists were interviewed live for a full hour. During that time, they performed songs from the album and took calls from listeners. 
Gill and Franklin also appeared on Fox Business Channel’s “Imus in the Morning.” The interview aired live as well on Imus’s syndicated radio show.
Bakersfield has received praise not only from fans of the country music genre, but also from critics nationwide.
The Associated Press said this release is “A great country album in any era.”
“…this is no nostalgia-fest — it's a vital testament to music that retains energy and innovation.” – NPR Fresh Air
“The album represents something of a master class in Bakersfield's golden age of country.” - Los Angeles Times
“Gill and Franklin have recorded perhaps the best product to come out of Nashville this year.” - American Songwriter
“You know they [Gill and Franklin] must have done the Bakersfield, Calif., country greats proud: Haggard even wrote the liner notes.” - People
“Their covers boast great musculature and detail, sounding as big as the originals felt.” - Washington Post
Bakersfield gives us two current masters paying homage by putting their own reverential take on the music of two country music titans.” - Boston Globe
USA Today included the Merle Haggard cover “Holding Things Together” in their Playlist column saying
“This Merle Haggard cover will make your heart ache, especially when Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin start soloing.”
On Bakersfield, Gill and Franklin pay tribute to the “Bakersfield” sound by performing songs from two of Bakersfield’s sons; Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
Fans of Gill, Franklin and the Bakersfield sound can visit to access a fun interactive microsite that features a photo application that allows the user to ‘Suit’ themself as either a Stranger from Merle Haggard’s band or as a Buckaroo from Buck Owen’s band, all the while unlocking exclusive video content from Vince Gill and Paul Franklin about the current album, Bakersfield.