Vince Gill and Paul Franklin will release Bakersfield, a tribute to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, two of the most prominent voices from the “Bakersfield Sound,” on July 30. The pair share producer credits and recorded the project in just two days at Vince’s home studio.
“Vince and Paul offer a great new touch on a great old sound,” Merle Haggard writes in the album’s liner notes. “It was great, certainly to hear my music done with the great touch of Vince and Paul. I feel highly complimented. But it was especially great to hear what they did with Buck’s stuff. Some may not notice, but I for one knew how great Buck really was, first as a musician, then as an artist.”
According to Vince, the time to release the project is now. “I think everything happens for a reason,” he said. “The hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people I’d sung with and played with all these years, I’d never made a real duet record. It just made sense for me to reach out to a fellow musician – that’s where I started; that’s where I really cut my teeth. I was a musician long before I had the guts to open my mouth and sing.”