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Vince Gill, Paul Franklin celebrate 'Bakersfield' country
Vince Gill, Paul Franklin celebrate 'Bakersfield' country

How many words does it take to sum up not just a distinctive sound in country music, but to describe a whole period, one that includes an attitude and a level of singing, songwriting and instrumental expertise that represents one of the pinnacles of the whole genre over the last century? Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill and his longtime friend, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, need just one: "Bakersfield." "If you want to define country music to me in its greatest era," Gill, 56, said last week, "it would be Bakersfield — it would be Buck and Merle, those songs and those instruments." PHOTOS: Best of the 2013 Stagecoach Country Music...

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