Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield album, a tribute to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, two of Bakersfield’s most prominent artists, is now available. To celebrate the release and extend the listening experience, an interactive website, http://www.roadtobakersfield.com, has been launched to bring fans into the sights and styles of the Bakersfield Sound.
Vince and Paul grew up listening to the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Now playing together in The Time Jumpers, the two friends decided it was time to remind the world of the once-famous sound by not recording sound-alike versions but their interpretations on some of their favorite tracks. The album includes five songs each of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard classics.
These 10 songs were originally released between 1961 and 1974, the years during which America fought in Vietnam, witnessed the triumph of the Civil Rights movement, suffered the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, traveled to the moon, experienced the British invasion, Woodstock and saw the resignation of a president. But according to the music at least, Bakersfield’s biggest problem was heartache, and the greatest joy was falling in love.
The RoadToBakersfield.com website includes a number of features. Fans can upload their own photos and then outfit themselves as members of Buck’s band, the Buckaroos, or Merle’s band, the Strangers. The user can then share their photos across social networks. There are also videos of Vince and Paul discussing the making of Bakersfield, background material and more. The site will be updated weekly with new features.
Additionally, Vince and Paul will perform a number of shows across the country in support of their new music. For a full list of tour dates or to purchase tickets, visit www.vincegill.com.