Monthly Archives: August 2011

Post show review Aug. 18

Fun time again in KWMR‘s Studio A.  Fun mix of music from Joe Maphis and Wynn Stewart all the way to John Doe’s not quite release new CD Keeper.  In fact, Yep Roc Records is enabling a song a day from the new John Doe album to be heard up until its release on August 29.  Check this link for more info.

We also caught up, via telephone, with Smelley Kelley from Red Meat who made it a whole five minutes before he told us he wasn’t wearing pants.  Red Meat will be headlining the 10th Annual Sleepless Nights – Gram Parsons Tribute show at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday August 27.  Also appearing will be:  Chuck Prophet & Stephanie Finch, Sweet Chariot, East Bay Grease, Big Eagle, Gypsy Moonlight Band, Paula Frazer.  Really looking forward to catching this show.

We also played a song from our buddy, Dr. BLT’s brother’s band Prelom.  Dr. BLT’s brother was visiting Bakersfield from Slovakia so it was nice to have them listening in and taking the show beyond…

Dave Gleason had just finished playing with Nick 13 at Amoeba Records in San Francisco when he spoke with us tonight.  Here’s one of him playing a classic Merle Haggard tune also from Amoeba Records.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dwight Yoakam Heartaches By The Number Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Warner 1061
Lefty Frizzell The Long Black Veil Greatest Western Hits Columbia
Joe Maphis Sweet Rosie King of the Strings Starday Records
The Byrds Willin’ The Byrds Legacy/Columbia
Merle Haggard (Medley) Swinging Doors, I’m a Lonesome Fugitive, Sing Me Back Home, Sing me Back Home, Branded Man Okie from Muskogee Capitol
The Knitters Burning House Of Love The Modern Sounds of The Knitters New Rounder
Dave Alvin Sinful Daughter ashgrove Yep Roc
Dave Gleason Look At the Way You’ve Become Dave Gleason’s Wasted Days Just Fall to Pieces Well Worn Records
Dave Gleason Turn and Fade Turn and Fade 326 Records
Wanda Jackson Cash On The Barrelhead Heart Trouble CMH Records
Red Meat Pretty Little Lights of Town We Never Close Ranchero Records
The International Submarine Band Folson Prison Blues and: That’s All Right Safe At Home Sundazed Music
Red Meat Teetotaling Time 13 Ranchero Records
Wynn Stewart Sha Marie The Songs of Wynn Stewart Capitol Records
Rosie Flores Somewhere Down The Line Speed of Sound Eminent Records
77 El Deora This Record Sucks Sirens Western Independent Recordings
Elvis Costello Sleepless Nights Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons Almo
Lucinda Williams and David Crosby Return of the Grevious angel return of the grevious angel Almo
Gram Parsons Cry One More Time GP / Grievous Angel Warner 1061
Prelom Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies Self self
Stone Foxes Mercury Stone Foxes Self Produced
The Byrds Hickory Wind Sweetheart of the Rodeo Columbia/Legacy
John Doe Little Tiger Keeper Yep Rock
Nashville West Nashville West Nashville West Featuring Clarence White microwerks
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records
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A mix of music the way we intended

Spending time on the air is one of my favorite things about being involved with KWMR. This show just seemed to flow as we chose music, both modern and of the “old school” variety for our playlist. Not sure how many times I said, “I love this song!” during the show (mostly off the air, but many on air as well), probably started to annoy Mike. The “Beyond” part of the show title gives us some leeway to go beyond straight-up West Coast California Country music and we do. We were recently contacted by a programmer from a station in SF who had started a show with the same name and was playing some great music and aiming towards interviews. We had been doing it longer and he agreed to change the name of his show so folks wouldn’t get confused. We were contacted recently that he is changing the name of his show to “Bakersfield Backbeat”, and while I do love the title of our show, the name “Bakersfield Backbeat” is a clever and really good name for a show playing the type of music that we play. The backbeat is what set apart the music, mixing a variety of styles that were brought to California throughout the years including folks, rock, mountain, traditional, Mexican and blues. The culmination of these tunes led to rockabilly and surf music as well as the distinctive Bakersfield Sound. Many folks who “don’t like country music” just can’t complain and have to resist tapping their toes when you throw on some classic Merle or Buck or any of the derivatives of these masters and the folks who came before them. Who can’t appreciate some fine Wynn Stewart? Why not love yourself a bit of Ferlin Husky or just get down to some Maddox Brothers and Rose. Well anyway, here’s my contribution to the blog. Tune in next week for some more Bakersfield and Beyond!

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
John Doe Don’t Forget How Much I Love You Keeper Yep Roc
Dave Alvin Kern River tulare dust HIGHTONE
Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints Oildale Rooted Reata
Buck Owens and His Buckaroos You Made a Monkey Out of Me Your Tender Loving Care Capitol Records
Wynn Stewart Waltz Of The Angels Swing West Vol. 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
Gary Stewart Single Again Gary Stewart: The Essential RLG
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Power Of The 45 (Pt. 1) Turntable Matinee Yep Roc Records
The Derailers Cold Beer, Hot Women and Cool Country Music Soldiers of Love Palo Duro Records
Waylon Jennings I Can’t Keep My Hands Off of You The Ramblin’ Man RCA
Neko Case Deep Red Bells Blacklisted Anti/Epitaph
The Byrds Lazy Days Sweetheart of the Rodeo Columbia/Legacy
Meestro Valley of the Growers B Sides From B Street Meestro Music
Lindi Ortega So Sad Little Red Boots Last Gang
Nashville West Mental Revenge Nashville West Featuring Clarence White microwerks
Ferlin Husky GONE Greatest Hits of Ferlin Husky Gusto Records
Rosie Flores & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Chauffeur Girl of the Century Bloodshot Records
Dave Gleason Turn and Fade Turn and Fade 326 Records
Buck Owens You Gotta Have a License Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins Sundazed Music
Merle Haggard Live And Love Always I Am What I Am Vanguard Records
Eilen Jewell Queen of the Minor Key queen of the minor key signature
Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris Juanita Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons ALMO Sounds
Dwight Yoakam Ain’t That Lonely Yet The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam Rhino/Warner Bros.
Merle Haggard White Line Fever Okie from Muskogee (Live) Capitol
Red Meat Deep Water 13 Ranchero Records
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women California’s Burning Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women Yep Roc
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers MAKE IT LAST North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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