Billy Mize's contributions to Country and Western music helped shape the music industry as we know it. His raw-edged style of country music known for its piercing guitar and honest, down-to-earth lyrics became the cornerstone for artists such as Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, and Buck Owens. His charm and golden voice are legendary among country music's elite, as is his passion for music. In the prime of his career in the 1960's, Billy made it to the brink of superstardom, only to turn it down to focus on family life, but horrific tragedy forced him to seek solace in music once again. At the age of 59, Mize suffered a stroke and lost his ability to speak and play guitar. After several unsuccessful stints in speech rehabilitation, he was admitted to an experimental facility in Florida, where he miraculously re-gained the ability to sing. This inspirational documentary culminates with Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound (including Merle Haggard) performing for the first time in over 20 years. A swan song for an amazing and inspiring career.
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