“Keep your britches pulled up.”

Fun show last night. We had the privilege of airing the Merle Haggard interview we recorded on Tuesday of this week. Big thanks go out to Robert Price of Bakersfield, Gregory DeMascio and to KWMR. What fun! Merle was easey to talk to and seems like yet another really nice person associated with the Bakersfield Sound. Merle’s words of wisdom included “Keep your britches pulled up.” and “Go for it, and if you enjoy it, you will be a success at it.” Both good bits of advice and encouragement for listeners.

We were able to put together a bunch of music to go along with the interview (which will be available for podcast right here on the blog very soon) that included some great Merle Haggard tunes from the new album and some great standards on vinyl, a few Merle covers and a bunch of music from folks that influenced Merle as a songwriter and singer including Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills and Jimmie Rodgers.

Ty called in from Florida where he was tuning in via with worldwide web. Ty, was the instigator for the Bakersfield and Beyond becoming a show in the first place and has since moved from West Marin back to Florida. Thanks Ty! And Ian Jones called in from Seattle on his way to an acoustic gig to shout out words of praise. Ian will be playing a show here in July at the Station House Cafe on the 15th. Right before Far West Fest – West Marin’s best and most fun all day music festival (July 17th and Love Field in Point Reyes Station).

We also played a tune by Eilen Jewel who will be playing in Sebastopol at Studio E a week from today (June 18). Should be a great show in a wonderful venue. For more information and ticket sales check out North Bay Music.

Frequent (well, every show until this one) contributor, caller and avid fan of Bakersfield and Beyond Dr. BLT (Bruce Thiessen) was unavailable last night because his daughter was graduating from pre-school. Congratulations!

We’ll be back in two weeks with some more fun tunes.

Respectfully yours,

Girl Haggard (title of a Rosie Flores song)

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Deep Water Legends Of Country Music Legacy
Red Meat Deep Water 13 Ranchero Records
Red Meat Buckeye Alameda County Line Ranchero Records
Merle Haggard Mama Tried Hag – The Best of Merle Haggard Capitol
Merle Haggard I Am What I Am I Am What I Am Vanguard Records
Merle Haggard White Line Fever Okie from Muskogee (Live) Capitol
Billy Joe Shaver Ramblin’ Fever Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard Hightone Records
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel No. 1 (T-For Texas) Essential Jimmie Rodgers BMG
Lefty Frizzell Sick, Sober and Sorry Look What Thoughts Will Do Sony/BMG
Tommy Collins You Gotta Have a License Singer, Songwriter, Comedian – 1930-2000 Gusto
Jimmie Rodgers Any Old Time Bound for Glory Black Cat
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys New San Antonio Rose The Essential Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Legacy/Columbia
Lefty Frizell Always Late With Your Kisses 16 Biggest Hits Sony/BMG
Jimmie Rodgers My Little Lady Buddy Can You Spare Me a Dime Black Cat
Lefty Frizell Mom and Dad’s Waltz Look What Thoughts Will Do Sony/BMG
Tommy Collins You Better Not Do That Swing West – Vol 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
Merle Haggard I’ve Seen It Go Away I Am What I Am Vanguard Records
Wynn Stewart Sing a Sad Song The Country and Western All Star Round Up Capitol
Rosie Flores Funnel of Love Dance Hall Dreams Rounder Records
Rosie Flores Turn and Fade Once More with Feeling Rounder Records
Eilen Jewell Rain Roll In Sea of Tears Signature
Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus
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