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 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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  1. Ranchero

    Wow…reliving the Sweet Home Alabama moment. Completely unrehearsed, Red Meat had never even played that song before. Recorded at a biker rally in Holland, and we played a prison later on that night. That bald guy up front kept yelling “SWEETHAHM ALLABAHMAA!” during the set, and finally Monty just started playing it. The rest of the band joined in. Look at that bald guy. He’s very drunk, and you don’t want to get on his bad side. If he wants to hear Sweethahm Allabahmaa, then dammit, he’s going to hear Sweethahm Allabahmaa. Shaky camera work by yours truly. One aside about this biker rally: when we were finished, Smelley and I were taking that main on the left side off of its pole, and Smelley lost his grip. Dang thing fell on me and dislocated my shoulder. Bald drunk guy and a bunch of other bikers were right there to help me pop it back in! So a big shout out to Belgium and Holland’s motorcycle community!

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