Monthly Archives: June 2011

Donald Duck’n it on a Thursday

In preparation of the upcoming show at Rancho Nicasio featuring Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys and Red Meat, we had both Big Sandy and Smelley Kelley on the phone with us.  Smelley wasted no time he was lounging, listening to cassette tapes and half-dressed.  He wouldn’t elaborate, but threw the image of Donald Duck up.  Everyone knows Donald Duck wears a shirt.

Enough about Smelley’s home dress habits.  What we are looking forward to is catching the show at Rancho Nicasio this Sunday at 4:00 which features BBQ on the lawn.  We are already familiar with Red Meat’s music and only vaguely familiar with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys’ music.  After a crash course – big fans here.  Super smooth.  Great vocals.  Really tight sound.

We also played some music from folks who will be performing at the Far West Fest on July 16 in Point Reyes Station at Love Field.  How cool.  A music festival on a baseball field!  Check the link for more information.

We also were sad to learn that Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  However, he’s not taking a back seat to the disease, but is instead hitting the road for a tour this fall.  In addition to his solo career, Glen Campbell also played guitar in Merle Haggard’s band The Strangers.

Alright, so on with some clips and the playlist.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman 20 Greatest Hits Nashville Catalog
Buck Owens Whatcha Gonna Do Now? Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins Sundazed
Gram Parsons We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes In the Morning GP Rhino/Warner Bros.
Red Meat That’s What I’m Here For Alameda County Line Ranchero Records
Tim Hus The Great Divide Bush Pilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Tiny Television Blood and Wine Single Self Produced
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Power Of The 45 (Pt. 1) Turntable Matinee Yep Roc Records
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Love That Man Turntable Matinee Yep Roc Records
Merle Haggard and the Strangers Please Mr. DJ Swing West – Vol 1 – Bakersfield Razor & Tie
Tom Russell Bakersfield Hotwalker Red Music
Buck Owens & Dwight Yoakam Streets Of Bakersfield Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
RJ Jones and the Buckaroos I Can’t Live Without You Bar and Grill Bakersfield Neon Country Rio Nuevo Records
Ferlin Husky & Jean Shepard A Dear John Letter Since You’re Gone Best Of Ferlin Husky FourMatt Music
John Doe and the Sadies Stop The World And Let Me Off Country Club Yep Rock
Van van der Maaten Whole Other Level Van van der Maaten Silver Poodle Productions
Rosie Flores This Cat’s In the Dog House Girl Of The Century Bloodshot
Stefanie Keys Freight Train Say You Will Wefunk AD2K Recordings and Filmwork
The Brothers Comatose Church Street Blues Songs From The Stoop The Brothers Comatose
Stone Foxes Tin Stars Stone Foxes Self Produced
Jones Family Fortune Somewhere Down in California Self Thin Silver Records
Dwight Yoakam Ain’t That Lonely Yet The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam Rhino/Warner Bros.
Merle Haggard Mama Tried Mama Tried Capitol Records
Dave Alvin Johnny Ace Is Dead Eleven Eleven Yep Rock
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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Going not so far beyond with John Doe

What a treat it was to have John Doe (The Knitters and X) on the phone with us tonight.  I’ve been a huge fan of his since I first heard X in the late 70’s.  The one thing that we’ve noticed when we get a chance to talk with guys and gals like John and Dave Alvin, Exene Cervenka, Rosie Flores, Chris Hillman, Homer Joe, Merle Haggard, is that they are all really nice normal folks who enjoy talking with us.

John Doe informed us that he has an album coming out in August and with him being a Marin County neighbor, we are going to work on getting him into the KWMR studios with us sometime for a little live Bakersfield & Beyond session.  And to further the Bakersfield connection, John lived in Bakersfield for several years.  Well, actually Oildale so we know he’s tough.

So, on to some clips and the playlist.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Huss Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
John Doe The Golden State A Year In The Wilderness Yep Roc Records
John Doe and the Sadies Stop The World And Let Me Off Country Club Yep Rock
The Knitters Dry River The Modern Sounds of The Knitters New Rounder
X The New World More Fun In The New World Elektra/Rhino
John Doe Mama Don’t Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet Yep Rock
X 4Th of July See How We Are Elektra/Rhino
77 El Deora (Ain’t I A) Handsome Fool Sirens Western Independent Recordings
77 El Deora (I Just Dodged A) Bullet The CrownThe Crown and Crow’s Confession Western Independent Recording
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Heart On a String Here We Rest Lightning Rod Records
Fatt Katt & The Von Zippers The Birth Of Bakersfield That Bakerbilly Sound Fatt Katt Music
The Councilmen Box Car Sermon Untitled self
Tokyo Rosenthal Who Was That Man Who Was That Man Rock & Sock Records
Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan Girl From The North Country Songs From The Real America Swingin’ Pig Records
Buck Owens Act Naturally 21 # 1 Hits Rhino Records
Wanda Jackson BUSTED The Party Ain’t Over Nonesuch
Merle Haggard I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am Hag – The Best of Merle Haggard capitol nashville
Ha Ha Tonka Usual Suspects Death of a Decade Bloodshot Records
Eleven Hundred Springs This Ain’t The First Time Eight the Hard Way smith
Red Meat 12 Inch 3-Speed Oscillating Fan Live At The World’s Smallest Honky Tonk Ranchero Records
Rosie Flores Get Rhythm girl of the century Bloodshot
Dr. BLT Kern’s Gonna Ruin You SIngle Self Produced
The Mavericks Hot Burrito #1 Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons Almo
Dave Gleason Blue Side of the World Turn and Fade 326 Records
Homer Joy I’m Not Drinkin Enough Someday It’ll Be Country First Stone Productions
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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