Victoria Hallman From Birmingham To Bakersfield
Release Date: April 28, 2023
Victoria Hallman's unissued Buck Owens-produced album from 1982 featuring the Buckaroos plus three 1980 demos featuring James Burton, Hal Blaine, and more.
Victoria Hallman began her career at the age of four; recording her first record when she was six, and appearing on The Steve Allen Show while still in grammar school. She would soon open for Bob Hope, and eventually become part of Buck Owens’ touring band. Owens brought her to Hee Haw, and subsequently took her into the studio in 1981 to record a solo album.
Backed by the Buckaroos, and co-produced by Buckaroo Jim Shaw, Buck and Victoria recorded a terrific album they were both happy with, but due to life and career challenges for both, it fell through the cracks and disappeared.
Or, so everyone thought…
In 2006, Victoria and Shaw decided to look for the tapes for the release, but they were nowhere to be found. Over a decade later, Hallman joined the Authors Guild after writing her book Hollywood Lights, Nashville Nights: Two Hee Haw Honeys Dish Life, Love, Elvis, Buck & Good Times In The Kornfield, where she was contacted by a record collector who had found an acetate with her name on it. It was the lost album!
Forty years later From Birmingham To Bakersfield finally sees the light of day. Produced for release by Hallman, Grammy nominee Randy Poe (also author of Buck ‘Em: The Autobiography Of Buck Owens), and multi-Grammy winner Cheryl Pawelski, with mastering and restoration by multi-Grammy winner Michael Graves, the release sounds as fresh as it did when it was first recorded. In addition to the album, three bonus demo tracks from 1980 are included - recorded with a band that included James Burton on guitar, Hal Blaine on drums, and bassist Emory Gordy, Jr.
The new packaging contains photos, ephemera, and liner notes from Poe featuring new interviews with Victoria about her career and the discovery of this lost piece of country music history.