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BY LOUIS AMESTOY Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
With "The Bakersfield Sound" exhibit launched this weekend at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the hometown Nashville Scene provides an extensive look at the musical phenomenon and the exhibit.
The writer, Randy Fox, dives deeply into the history of the movement and provides some analysis about why "The Bakersfield Sound" is so distinctive.
"For guitar lovers, The Bakersfield Sound is a trove of rare and spectacular guitars. Here on eye-popping display are custom-built Bigsbys, all manner of rare Fenders, and even what has been referred to as "The Great White Whale" for guitar collectors: Speedy West's original, custom-built Bigsby pedal steel guitar -- if not the first, certainly one of the earliest pedal steels ever made. It's a treasure that was thought lost for many years, but which was recently discovered by the museum's staff in a Bakersfield warehouse owned by the Buck Owens estate."
It's a great read and provides some great detail about how the exhibit was built, with extensive help from the Buck Owens estate, to the rocky road of Merle Haggard.
Read the article in its entirety here at Nashville Scene.