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.
|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|