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Vince Gill and Steel Guitarist Paul Franklin Pay Tribute to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard on "Bakersfield"

Image courtesy of MCA Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of MCA Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Vince Gill and celebrated steel guitar player Paul Franklin will release their album, Bakersfield , on July 30 paying tribute to Bakersfield, CA icons Buck Owens and Merle Haggard .  Vince describes this project as just as much of a guitar record as a singing record, but he had a blast singing Buck and Merle's songs just the same.

"I guess what I’m real proud of is that when it’s one of Buck’s songs, I sing it very much in that vein.  And the Haggard songs are very much in the vein he sang," Vince explains.  "With Buck’s songs, you won’t find much vibrato in my vocals, and with Merle’s, it will come down to a low note and that quiver.”

Merle Haggard even gave his blessing to the project by writing the album liner notes.  The album features Vince and Paul's version of Merle's classics like 'The Fightin' Side of Me" and "The Bottle Let Me Down" as well as Buck's hits like "Together Again."

Bakersfield is now available for pre-order at VinceGill.com .

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