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Vince Gill, Paul Franklin take ‘Bakersfield’ album to Bakersfield

When I spoke to Vince Gill earlier this year about “Bakersfield,” his album saluting the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, he mentioned that the supporting tour would bring him and his collaborator on the album, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, to the city the collection was named for.

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Vince Gill brings ‘Bakersfield’ to Bakersfield

Though he started his tribute by noting that “Brother George taught us all how to sing with a broken heart,” there was real doubt on that day in May, when friends and family laid to rest the greatest country singer of all time, that Vince Gill — his famous tenor voice husky and raw with emotion — would make it through the song at all.

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Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Embrace ‘Bakersfield Sound’ With New CD, Tour

From the honky tonks of Oildale to  concert halls across the world, the hard driving, guitar driven country music that came out of Kern County – known as the “Bakersfield Sound” – has captured millions of fans across the world.

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Review: The Windsor Star

The way Vince Gill looks at it, you don’t just get older as a musician, you get better.

“At 56, I should be the best I’ve ever been,” said the veteran singer-songwriter who has gone back to his roots on his latest tribute album, Bakersfield.

“I think I am. I sing better, play better, everything.”

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Praise From Across The Pond

The hottest new American release this time around, has to be the collaboration of VINCE GILL and PAUL FRANKLIN on “Bakersfield” (Universal). Vince is well known as a superb singer and songwriter, whilst Paul is one of Country music’s most honoured steel guitarists.

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Vince Gill: No stranger to Bakersfield

Vince Gill is no stranger to Bakersfield. In fact, this talented country music singer-songwriter still remembers his first gig here, inside a lounge of a bowling alley. And through the years, Gill has graced the stages at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace and The Fox Theater. On Oct. 25, he’ll perform with buddy and steel guitarist Paul Franklin at Rabobank Theater on their tour for their new album titled “Bakersfield.”

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Back to Bakersfield

By Jason Schneider

He may not be the flashiest Nashville star, but nobody commands respect in Music City like Vince Gill. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and the recipient of 20 Grammy Awards, Gill is the consummate contemporary country artist

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