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Bakersfield: Deluxe Edition, produced by Gill and Franklin, pays tribute to the “Bakersfield” sound by performing songs made famous by two of Bakersfield’s favorite musical sons, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. One of the four bonus tracks is “Buckin’ Merle,” an instrumental written by Gill as a tribute to the two country music legends.
The original version of Bakersfield was released by MCA Nashville on July 13, 2013 and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. National Public Radio (NPR)’s Ken Tucker named it one of his Top Ten Albums of 2013.