Why Bakersfield?

We were covering Foggy Ridge Music while Will Minor was away and were playing a Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers CD. Like their web site states,  “If you like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, X or any combination thereof, you’ll immediately recognize the band as kindred souls.” It went on to say “The Bakersfield Sound.” Mike Varley and I looked at each other with raised brows and thus it began. An exploration into this sound called “Bakersfield”. Turns out we both had a fair amount of the music already and when we discovered more of this music we liked it as well. If it hadn’t been for our pal Ty calling in to berate us on our lack of knowledge on the California West Coast Country sound the moment might have slipped by, but neither of us take kindly to being thought of as foolish. It doesn’t take much more than an informed Google search to find Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen (Dr. BLT) and his Bakersfield Underground blog. Bruce joins us most shows with a live update on what is happening in Bakersfield proper. We figure there is enough material to keep us in radio shows for the foreseeable future.

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5 responses to “Why Bakersfield?

  1. It’s kind of like the first day of school when everything looks so new and fresh that you hate to mess it up, but here goes.

    I believe I may be making history here by being the first Bakersfield resident to add a comment to the site. I must say, it’s a distinct honor and a pleasure.

    I’m loving the new blog site!

  2. Bakersfield music is much more than
    ‘the Bakersfield sound” . much more than country music history. It was and is about the community,
    about the people here in the oil fields and cotton fields. http://hankrayblues.blogspot.com/ see my link

  3. http://www.myspace.com/buckshotowens

    Buck Owens, son’s band

    [John Owens). Buckshot. Here is the link. They play many benift concerts all over Bakersfield.

  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BacIAIBD0eY

    Mothers’ day country music gram from Bakersfield

  5. Here the the film about the death of the Bakerfield
    sound. See the Link Below. The ants represent corporate music taking over and only Hank Ray trys to fight them off, Eventually Hank gets eaten alive. Funny show:

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=57239945

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