Billy Mize Documentary Trailer

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound Synopsis:

In the 50s and 60s, Country music was forever changed by a group of artists that converged in Bakersfield, California, giving birth to what would become known as the Bakersfield Sound (its effect on County music was very similar to what happened with Rock music in Seattle in the 90s).

While artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens rode the wave of the movement to lasting national fame, Billy Mize, a vocalist, instrumentalist, and songwriter who helped birth the movement and gave Buck and Merle their starts, found the touring lifestyle to be incompatible with the only thing he loved more than music: his family.

But the deaths of two children, divorce, and hard living soon tore that family apart, and when a stroke took away Billy's ability to sing, he found himself at rock bottom. After going through an intensive stint at a brain rehabilitation center to relearn how to sing and talk, Billy's 80th birthday approaches, for which the city of Bakersfield has thrown a huge concert event, and at which Billy is determined to take back the microphone and sing again.