Show #147 – Johnny Cash

Today, February 26, marks the birthday of one John R. (Johnny) Cash.  We marked the day with a birthday tribute to the man in black by playing him singing his songs, him singing other people’s songs, other people singing his songs, and other songs that influenced him.  In the last 1/2 hour we played a solid Bakersfield set.  I could go on and on about how Johhny Cash was a huge influence on many musicians, about how he changed the face of country music, or how he championed certain songwriters on his TV show and by performing their songs, but I won’t.  It’s all there on the internets with some simple searches or at the library in the form of books.  What stands out is the impressive body of work the man made throughout his entire lifetime.  His music even got stronger with his final “American” recordings with Rick Rubin.  So, here’s to you, Johnny Cash – Thank you!

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues At Folsom Prison Columbia
Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan Girl from the North Country Songs From The Real America Swingin’ Pig Records
Dwight Yoakam Understand Your Man Dwight’s Used Records Koch
Hank III Wreck of the Old ’97 Dressed In Black – A Tribute to Johnny Cash dualtone
Bruce Springsteen Give My Love to Rose Kindred Spirits – A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash Sony
Raul Malo I Guess Things Happen that Way Dressed In Black – A Tribute to Johnny Cash dualtone
Shelby Lynne I Walk the Line Cash Covered MOJO
Marty Robbins Big Iron Artist’s Choice Johnny Cash Sony
Johnny Cash Hurt American IV: The Man Comes Around Lost Highway
John Doe & The Sadies I Still Miss Someone Country Club Yep Roc Records
Kris Kristoffersen Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) The Austin Sessions Atlantic Records
Johnny Cash Thirteen American Recordings American
Bob Dylan Train of Love Kindred Spirits – A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash Sony/BMG
Rev. Horton Heat Get Rhythm Dressed in Black – A Tribute to Johnny Cash Dualtone
Rosie Flores Big River Dressed In Black – A Tribute to Johnny Cash Dualtone
Michelle Shocked One Piece at a Time Cash Covered MOJO
Roberta Flack The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face The Very Best of Roberta Flack Rhino Atlantic
Hank Williams Lovesick Blues The Essential Hank Williams Collection: Turn Back The Years CD 2 Mercury Records
Mississippi John Hurt Goodnight Irene Cash Covered MOJO
Johnny Cash Sunday Morning Coming Down The Essential Johnny Cash Columbia/Legacy
The Highwaymen Highwayman Outlaws Super Hits Columbia
Merle Haggard I’m Leavin’ Now (With Johnny Cash) Hag – The Best of Merle Haggard capitol nashville
Reverend Horton Heat Folsom Prison Blues Holly Roller sub pop
Glen Ayers Sweet Love (With Red Simpson) The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Billy Mize Solid Sender The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Foolin’ Around Bakersfield MCA Nashville
Buck Owens Act Naturally 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Buck Owens Love’s Gonna Live Here 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Gary Paxton Bummer Bakersfield Rebels Ace Records
Gilbeau & Parsons You Gentle Ways Of Loving Me Bakersfield Rebels Ace Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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Show #146 – New Found Vinyl!

I recently made an excursion to Novato’s Watt’s Music and picked up some great vinyl.  Some “Bakersfield & Beyond” themed, others just because they struck a chord.  For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to get (and by get, purchase a digital download) a copy of the band Rank and File’s self-titled release.  But put it off, I would.  I had a note on my desk to remind myself.  “Rank and File” was the only thing written on the note.  I found myself, yesterday, flipping through old LPs with that certain old, vintage, musty smell and there it was – Rank and File!  It’s such a good album.  Formed by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman and including a very young looking Alejandro Escovedo, the band played a form of hopped up country that no one got at the time.  Sound familiar?  Hopped up country.  Bakersfield Sound influences far and wide and into punk rock circles.  In fact, the independence of the Bakersfield musicians and their wanting to do it their say is very punk rock.

I also found a copy of Elvis Costello’s “Almost Blue,” an album I owned in the early ’80s, but didn’t get at the time.  I get it now and it’s fantastic.  After these finds and some others, we decided to do an all vinyl show tonight and it was fun and sounded great (we think).

Seems that not much has changed in the music/radio industry from the time of this interview until now.

 

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Rank And File Amanda Ruth Rank and File, Sundown Slash Records
The Flying Burrito Brothers Do Right Woman The Gilded Palace of Sin 4 Men With Beards
Wynn Stewart Sha Marie The Songs of Wynn Stewart Capitol Records
The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar Hot Rocks 1964-1971 ABKCO
The Rolling Stones Wild Horses Hot Rocks 1964-1971 ABKCO
Buck Owens Heartbreak Mountain Buck Owens’ Ruby & Other Bluegrass Specials Capitol
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman Wichita Lineman Capitol Nashville
Elvis Costello I’m Your Toy (Hot Burrito #1) Almost Blue Riviera Global Productions
Elvis Costello Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down Almost Blue Riviera Global Productions
The Paladins Keep on Lovin’ Me Baby Let’s Buzz! Alligator Records
Jan Brown Louisville A Town South of Bakersfield Enigma
Dwight Yoakam Waterfall 3 Pears Warner Bros.
Dwight Yoakam Dim Lights Thick Smoke 3 Pears Warner Bros.
Jean Shephard Under Your Spell Again The Country & Western All-Star Round-Up Capitol
Buck Owens Act Naturally The Best of Buck Owens Capitol
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn Country Hits Jamada Digital
Merle Haggard In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) Mama Tried Capitol Records
Rank And File Rank and File Rank and File, Sundown Slash Records
Gary Stewart Sweet-Tater and Cisco You’re Not the Woman You Used to Be MCA
Waylon Jennings Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line The Best of Waylon Jennings RCA
Katy Moffatt Love and Only Love A Town South Of Bakersfield Enigma Records
Washboard Bill and the Melton Brothers Ode to Joy Washboard Bill and the Melton Brothers ?
Lone Justice When Love Comes Home To Stay This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 Omnivore Recordings
The International Submarine Band Luxury Liner Safe At Home Sundazed
Gene Clark Echoes Collector’s Series: Early L.A. Sessions Colombia Records
The Byrds Truck Stop Girl The Byrds Legacy/Columbia
Bob Dylan/The Band Rainy Day Women – #12 & 35 Before the Flood, Live Asylum Records
Buck Owens Rain On Your Parade Buck Owens, The Warner Bros. Recordings Warner Bros
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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