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Last day of March playlist

Hard to believe the fourth month of the year is here.  KWMR and its listeners did a great job during the Spring pledge drive that ended last Sunday.  No one worked harder during the pledge drive than my co-host Amanda as she led over 100 volunteers through a fun pledge drive.  With all the tireless work, she deserved a much needed break so I covered the show tonight.

If there was one theme, it was a celebration of Buck Owens.  Buck passed away five years ago on March 25 after having his favorite dinner, chicken fried steak, and performing one last time.  I put together some tunes that were covered by Buck and some tunes of his that were covered by others.

I also talked with Dr. BLT about his CD project he’s putting together to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan through the American Red Cross.  Here’s a link to the songs and information on the tunes and CD that can be purchased.  Our pals Dave Gleason and Dave Howe contributed songs for the effort.

Can’t believe we’ve been playing Tim Hus’ song and haven’t ever posted clip of Tim playing.

 

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Big House Ease Me Down Never Ending Train Big House Records
Waylon Jennings Stop The World (And Let Me Off) The Essential Waylon Jennings rca/legacy
Merle Haggard Silver Wings Hag – The Best of Merle Haggard capitol nashville
Red Meat Truck Drivin’ Man Live At The World’s Smallest Honky Tonk Ranchero Records
Tom Phillips & The Men of Constant Sorrow Play Hank Williams ‘Till I Die Downtown Cowboy Independent
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Deep Water The Essential Bob Wills Columbia
Dave Alvin Kern River West of the West Yep Roc Records
Richard Thompson A-11 1000 Years of Popular Music Cooking vinyl
The Derailers Big In Vegas Under the Influence of Buck Palo Duro Records
Red Meat Buckeye Alameda County Line Ranchero Records
Johnny Paycheck Close All The Honky Tonks All Time Greatest Hits Goldenlane Records
Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Chuck Berry Geffen* Records
Creedence Clearwater Revival Lookin’ Out My Back Door Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits Fantasy Records
Martina McBride Love’s Gonna Live Here Timeless RCA Records Label Nashville
Dwight Yoakam My Heart Skips A Beat Dwight Sings Buck New West
Dwight Yoakam Only You Dwight Sings Buck New West
The Derailers Sam’s Place Under the Influence of Buck Palo Duro Records
Buck Owens & Dwight Yoakam Streets Of Bakersfield Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
The Derailers Under The Influence Of Love Under the Influence of Buck Palo Duro Records
The Stanley Brothers We’ll Be Sweethearts In Heaven The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers Columbia Records
Buck Owens California Okie Buck Owens, The Warner Bros. Recordings Warner Bros
Joe Ely White Line Fever Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard HIGHTONE
Red Meat The Memory Of Your Smile Live At The World’s Smallest Honky Tonk Ranchero Records
Tim Hus Man With the Big Hat Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dave Howe No Particular Place A Face for Radio self
Dave Gleason Blue Side of the World Turn and Fade 326 Records
Wanda Jackson Busted The Party Ain’t Over Nonesuch
Shelby Lynne I Walk The Line Cash Covered MOJO
Merle Haggard I’ve Seen It Go Away I Am What I Am Vanguard Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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Recap of March 17 show w/ Smelley Kelley

Today was the first day of KWMR’s spring pledge drive.  The station has an overall goal to raise $30,000 during the 11 day pledge drive.  To do that, we need to raise $2700 each day.  We fell a little short of that today, but there’s time to make that up.  If you love radio, community radio, public radio, Bakersfield and Beyond, you can help.  It’s easy to donate on line with Paypal right from KWMR‘s home page.  Simply go to KWMR.org and hit the “Donate” button.  We would appreciate any support.

It’s become kind of tradition that Smelley Kelley from the band Red Meat is on the air with us during our pledge show.  While the stars didn’t align tonight to have Smelley in the studio with us, he did make himself available to talk on the phone many times during the show.  For that we thank you, Smelley!

And how appropriate we have Smelley Kelley, a fine Irishman, from a great country band deeply immersed in the Bakersfield Sound, Red Meat on the show with us on St. Patrick’s Day.  We got off to a great start with pledges and somehow got on the topic of cartoon characters who only wear a top.  Porky Pig is how Smelley described it.  We somehow got on the topic of Cat Woman and Amanda said that for a $1,000 pledge she would wear a leather Cat Woman outfit for a day.  Who’s got $1,000?

We thank everyone who called in with a pledge or who pledged on line. And we thank Dewey Livingston, a local resident who called in with his story of the night he spent at Buck Owens house in the early 70’s.  Great story!

It was also sad to report that Ferlin Husky passed away today of heart complications.  He was 85.  Ferlin was a DJ in Bakersfield in the early fifties going by the name Terry Preston.  He was signed by Columbia records and under the guidance of Cliffie Stone recorded A Dear John Letter with Jean Shepard, which hit #1.  This one’s for you Ferlin.

Ferlin and Jean sound great in the year 2000.

You’ll have to follow this link, but this is a great performance of Gone with Ferlin Husky.

It was funny hearing Smelley’s story behind this version of Sweet Home Alabama.

 

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Johnny Paycheck DANNY BOY All Time Greatest Hits Goldenlane Records
Red Meat Pretty Little Lights of Town We Never Close Ranchero Records
Ferlin Husky Dear John Letter The Greatest Hits of Ferlin Husky Gusto
Wanda Jackson Shakin’ All Over The Party Ain’t Over Nonesuch
Wanda Jackson RIP IT UP The Party Ain’t Over Nonesuch
Rosie Flores & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Chauffeur Girl of the Century Bloodshot Records
The Byrds Truck Stop Girl (Untitled) /(Unissued) Columbia/Legacy
Red Meat Truck Drivin’ Man Live At The World’s Smallest Honky Tonk Ranchero Records
Wynn Stewart Keeper Of The Key Swing West Vol. 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
RJ Jones and the Buckaroos Goin’ Back To The Hard Times clear Artist Rio Nuevo
John Doe and the Sadies Stop The World And Let Me Off Country Club Yep Rock
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women Marie Marie Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women Yep Roc
Justin Townes Earle Harlem River Blues Harlem River Blues Bloodshot Records
Dr. BLT Eyes Of St. Paddy SIngle Killbilly Records
Van Morrison My Buckets Got A Hole In It Pay the Devil Lost Highway
Dave Gleason Radio 1965 Turn and Fade 326 Records
Merle Haggard & The Strangers Sing Me Back Home Hag – The Best of Merle Haggard capitol nashville
Neil Diamond SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond The Bang Years 1966-1968 Columbia
Johnny Cash SOLITARY MAN American III: Solitary Man American Recordings
Buck Owens Sweet Molly Brown The Warner Bros. Recordings Warner Bros
Ferlin Husky GONE Swing West – Vol 1 Bakersfield RAZOR AND TIE
Beat Farmers Powderfinger Tales of the New West Rhino
Waylon Jennings Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me Honky Tonk Heroes Buddha Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers MAKE IT LAST North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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