The album, 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. Gill and Franklin recently performed “Together Again” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in support of the Bakersfield: Deluxe Edition release.
“Paul and I are excited that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® loved the original Bakersfield album and asked us to expand it with four additional songs for the Deluxe Edition,” said Gill.
“Being able to do this project with Vince has been a dream come true,” said Franklin. “I can’t wait to walk into my local Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and see the Bakersfield: Deluxe Edition CD on the shelves.”
“We are thrilled to release Bakersfield: Deluxe Edition from Vince and Paul,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “We know our guests will enjoy this exclusive and expanded version of what has already become a classic album.”
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.
About the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Exclusive Music Program
Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s Bakersfield: Deluxe Edition is the latest CD release in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program. Since 2005, Cracker Barrel has released CDs with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in the top three spots on a range of Billboard’s charts including Top DVD Music Videos, Top Country Albums, Top Contemporary Christian Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums. The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program includes CDs with Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Mandy Barnett, Clint Black, Jason Michael Carroll, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dailey & Vincent, The Charlie Daniels Band, Ronnie Dunn, Edens Edge, Sara Evans, Bill Gaither, Montgomery Gentry, Amy Grant, The Grascals, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out , Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Wynonna and the Zac Brown Band. For details, visit crackerbarrel.com.
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 625 company-owned locations in 42 states. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.