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New Documentary Highlights Contributions Of Billy Mize To The Bakersfield Sound

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A new documentary film seeks to tell the story of one of the most influential figures in the development the Bakersfield Sound. But when the film makes its Bakersfield debut this Thursday night at the Crystal Palace, the star on the screen won’t be Buck Owens or Merle Haggard, it will be musician, songwriter and influential TV personality Billy Mize.

This film, titled Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound is directed by Mize's grandson William J. Sanders. We talked with Sanders about the impact Mize had on the Bakersfield music scene, his personal tragedies, and ultimately his return to the spotlight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbXHnqBIj18

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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