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BY LOUIS AMESTOY Californian staff writer email@example.com
The Country Music Hall of Fame is unveiling an exhibit next week dedicated to The Bakersfield Sound and they provide a sneak peek in this short YouTube video that was posted on Friday.
The exhibit is called: "The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country."
The exhibit features more than 5,000-square-feet and opens on Friday, March 23, 2012, and closes on Dec. 31, 2013.
According to the Country Music Hall of Fame's Website here are some of the features of the exhibit:
Stage costumes worn by the Maddox Brothers & Rose, featuring floral motifs, elaborate embroidery and fringe, created by famed Hollywood designer Nathan Turk; Wynn Stewart's understated Nudie suit with decorative straps and buckles; several Turk-designed suits worn by Buck Owens; a Nudie suit with motifs from the San Joaquin Valley, worn by Bobby Adamson of the Farmer Boys; and more.
A plethora of important instruments, including Telecasters belonging to Buck Owens and Don Rich; Speedy West's Bigsby 1948 steel guitar (its whereabouts a mystery for decades); Ralph Mooney's Fender double-neck pedal steel guitar; and Merle Travis's electric guitar - one of the first solid-body electric guitars, designed by Travis and built by Paul Bigsby.
Legal documents including the marriage license of Buck and Bonnie Owens; and the "Full Pardon for Crimes of Merle Haggard," signed March 1, 1972, by then-California Governor Ronald Reagan.