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Monday, Apr 09 2012 12:00 PM

Previewing Billy Mize documentary project

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    Billy Mize and Merle Haggard

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    Billy Mize performing in the 1960s

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    Billy Mize

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    Merle Haggard, left, and Billy Mize

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    Billy Mize

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    Screen Capture of Billy Mize movie project

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BY LOUIS AMESTOY Californian staff writer lamestoy@bakersfield.com

Billy Mize was one of the pioneers of the Bakersfield Sound, and now his story is being set to be told as a documentary movie.

Director William J. Saunders is directing the documentary movie and he provides a rich movie trailer on video-sharing Website Vimeo.

During the height of his career, Mize was one of the most important musicisians around, and Saunders does a good job portraying his significant position with stars such as Dean Martin, Merle Haggard and others.

However, Mize's story is one that takes a devastating turn when he suffers a massive stroke in the 1990s. Saunder's film focuses on Mize's efforts to regain his ability to play his beloved guitar.

If the trailer is any indication -- and it not always is -- this should be a fascinating movie, and much of it was shot right here in Bakersfield.

 

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound Trailer from William J Saunders on Vimeo.

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