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Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Bill Woods, Fuzzy Owen and Bonnie Owens.  A few names that stand out and some that do not.  But they have a common thread. 

They are all from an area of the west coast known as Bakersfield.  And for years, Nashville was not the only hot spot for music.  With a distinctive mix of honky-tonk, rockabilly and Western swing, the area produced the artists named at the top of the list.
There have been others since Buck and Merle made their way from Bakersfield to Nashville and there will be more.  To celebrate that great sound, starting in March of 2012 at the Country Music Hall of Fame, a 5000 square foot exhibit will open to give due to the Bakersfield sound.  The exhibition will be narrated by Dwight Yoakam and it will be open for 21 months through December of 2013.