Show #177 – Prince and The Bakersfield Sound

We like a lot of different music.  And we like it all equally.  Favorites?  Kind of hard to say since we like it all.  Amanda does like her some R.E.M. and I like me some Clash.  But Prince.  Here was a guy who could rock & roll with the best and then play some amazing, soulful R&B.  It was like he was the offspring of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.  If that’s possible.  A showman and an amazing guitarist.  Prince died today and we started off the show with a tribute to him.  And keeping the the Bakersfield Sound theme, The Derailers, a band out of Texas keeping the Bakersfield Sound flame burning bright, recorded a Prince song on Reverb Deluxe – “Raspberry Beret” that we played.  I couldn’t find in on Youtube, so you’ll just have to pick up a copy of that album to check it out.

And later in the show, Atila Viola from The Bakerfield Boys came into the studio to talk about their music, influences (Merle Haggard), and their upcoming benefit show at the Tomales Town Hall on April 30.  Tickets available at that link in the previous sentence.  Atila, yes, Atila Viola is his real name!, also played a couple acoustic songs live in the studio.  Check out the archive to hear him play “I’m A Lonsome Fugitive” and “I Am What I Am.”

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Prince & The Revolution When Doves Cry Purple Rain Warner Brothers
The Derailers Raspberry Beret Reverb Deluxe Sire
Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison & Prince While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Best Of Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Live Direct Holdings America
Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain Purple Rain Warner Brothers
Merle Haggard Keep Me From Cryin’ Today The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles Omnivore
RJ Jones Ozark Mountain Lullaby Self Self Produced
Dave Alvin Blue Wing King Of California Hightone Records
Merle Haggard Skid Row The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Jan Paxton She’s Taken Everything Bakersfield Rebels Ace Records
Tom Russell The Rose of San Joaquin The Rose Of San Joaquin Hightone Records
Buck Owens Under The Influence of Love Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Omnivore Recordings
Wanda Jackson Mean Mean Man Vintage Collections Nashville Catalog
Wanda Jackson Making Believe Vintage Collections Nashville Catalog
Merle Haggard and the Strangers No Hard Times Okie from Muskogee Capitol
Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan T for Texas Songs From The Real America Swingin’ Pig Records
Rosie Flores Chauffeur Girl of The Century Bloodshot
Dave Alvin Sinful Daughter Ashgrove Yep Roc
Marshall Crenshaw Silver wings Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard Hightone Records
Red Meat Deep Water 13 Ranchero Records

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Show #176 – Merle Haggard April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016

Amanda and I were just talking about the April 7 Bakersfield & Beyond show on the morning of April 6.  It was Merle’s birthday and we were hatching a plan for the show.  We were going to play the interview we conducted with Merle 6 years ago and then play some of Merles tunes by Merle and his band The Strangers and by other folks who recorded his songs.  Then not 2o minutes after we talked about that, the word was out on the internet that Merle had passed away peacefully with his family at his side.

We did all that and more.  We were pleased to have Ramblin’ Jack Elliott come on the air with us and tell us a few stories about his few interactions with Merle Haggard and opening for him.  Seems stories about Merle centered on meeting in Merle’s tour bus.  We also talked with Robert Price, the editor of the Bakersfield Californian and author of the book The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music.  Robert also talked a bit about Merle’s love of his tour bus and how Merle instructed his people to call the folks in Bakersfield first with news of his death.  Merle actually knew it was time and got help to get him into his tour bus where he passed away on April 6.

Thanks for the music, Merle.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bush Pilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Ferlin Husky Gone Swing West – Vol 1 Bakersfield Razor and Tie
Merle Haggard Mama Tried Mama Tried Capitol Records
Merle Haggard I Am What I Am I Am What I Am Vanguard Records
Merle Haggard Bill Woods from Bakersfield Let Me Tell You About A Song Capitol
Merle Haggard My Favorite Memory Country Big City
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel # 1 (T. for Texas) Blue Yodel – the Recorded Legacy Synergie OMP
Waylon Jennings Bob Wills Is Still The King The Essential Waylon Jennings Legacy Recordings
John Doe & The Sadies Are The Good Times Really Over For Good Country Club Yep Roc
Dave Alvin Kern River Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute To Merle Haggard Hightone Records
Dwight Yoakam Holding Things Together Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute To Merle Haggard Hightone Records
Merle Haggard & Johnny Cash I’m Leaving Now Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard Capitol

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