Monthly Archives: May 2012

What do you get when…

What do you get when you add some truckin’ tunes, songs with “Bakersfield” in the title, mix in some Bee Gees and Donna Summer?  Bakersfield & Beyond!  We, well, Amanda, came up with a great play list for tonight’s show.  We were both saddened to hear of the recent passing of the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibbs and of Donna Summer.

One of the songs we played, “MacArhur Park,” was popularized by Donna Summer and was written by Jimmy Webb, who also penned three classic songs sung by Glen Campbell:  “Witchita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”  However, we played the version of “MacArthur Park” sung by Waylon Jennings.  How’s that for a round-a-bout tribute song to Donna Summer that has ties back to country music.

Another tribute song we played was to the Bee Gees and Robin Gibbs.  “Massachusetts” was the Bee Gees first number 1 hit in the U.K.  Our tribute to Robbin Gibbs found none other than Buck Owens singing a cover of this song which sold over 5 million copies for the Bee Gees.

We closed out the show with the classic Donna Summers tune “Last Dance.”  I hope listeners like this song because it may get more airplay on Bakersfield & Beyond.  Stay tuned!

And lest I forget, we played a beauty of a tribute song penned by none other than Dr. BLT – “Mennon Nite Fever.”  This has to be among the Dr.’s finest songs.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Red Simpson I’m A Truck Swing West Vol. 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
JP Harris and the Tough Choices Gear Jammin’ Daddy I’ll Keep Calling Cow Island Music
Dwight Yoakam Truckin’ Deadicated Arista
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash Truckstop In La Grange Walk Alone Texacali
Whiskeytown Theme for a Trucker Strangers Almanac (Deluxe Edition) Outpost
The Byrds Truck Stop Girl (Untitled) /(Unissued) Columbia/Legacy
Gram Parsons Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels: Live 1973 Atlantic Records/ATG
Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague Truck Drivin’ Cat With Nine Lives Miles Away Spinout Records
Ry Cooder The Dying Truck Driver My Name is Buddy Nonesuch
Willie Nix Truckin’ Little Woman Southern Blues Masters Goldenlane Records
The Jazz Butcher Bakersfield The Jazz Butcher’s Free Lunch Rev-Ola
Social Distortion Bakersfield Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (Deluxe Edition) epitaph
Tom Russell Bakersfield Hotwalker Red Music
Chris Hillman Bakersfield Bound Bakersfield Bound Self Produced
Merle Haggard A Bar In Bakersfield Merle Haggard: Best of the 90’s, Vol. Two curb
Fatt Katt & The Von Zippers The Birth Of Bakersfield That Bakerbilly Sound Fatt Katt Music
The Real Nasty Whiskey For Breakfast Strangers and Friends Real Nasty
Larry Daniels & The Buckshots Bakersfield Steed Bakersfield Rebels ace
Gary S. Paxton Bakersfield Bakersfield Rebels ace
Dr. BLT Menno Nite Fever Dr. BLT Self Produced Self Produced
Waylon Jennings MacArthur Park The Best of Waylon Jennings RCA
Buck Owens Massachusetts The Warner Bros. Recordings Warner Bros
Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan That’s Alright Mama Songs from the Real America Swingin’ Pig Records
Commander Cody And His Hot Lost Planet Airmen Truck Drivin’ Man Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites MCA Records
Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen Rip It Up Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites MCA Records
Donna Summer Last Dance The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer UTV Recods
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A Thousand Miles From Nowhere

“A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.”  If this were Jeopardy, this answer would be followed by the question “What are the names of a Dwight Yoakam song and a new book by Don McCleese?”  We spoke to Don McCleese tonight about his new book, Dwight Yoakam:  A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.  Don is currently an Associate Professor at The University of Iowa’s School of Journalism.  He’s long been a music critic and writer for many publications including The Chicago Tribune and Rolling Stone.

Don McCleese first encountered Dwight Yoakam and the L.A. music scene back in the ’80s when Dwight was starting out.  His book is an engaging read for anyone interested in Dwight’s musical career.  The chronology of the book more or less follows the sequence of albums Dwight and his musical partner, guitarist, and producer, Pete Anderson released over several decades.  What the book doesn’t stoop to is a tell-all tale of a person’s life that, frankly have little interest to me.  What the book does do is make you play all of Dwight’s albums as you read along.

Information on how/where to get the book is available on the book publisher’s (University of Texas Press) site found here.

The audio quality ain’t that great on this one, but you can get the feeling of it and hear some darn great guitar licks.

And lest I forget, this here is a really great panel discussion of life around the Bakersfield Sound’s beginnings.  It’s about an hour long so you’ll want to set aside some time and catch it all.  It features, Dallas Frazier, Rose Lee Maphis, Buddy Mize, Red Simpson, and Don Maddox.

This is the concert that happened in conjunction with the panel discussion above.  You’re going to need a couple hours for this one.

Well, I can’t seem to properly embed the videos, so here’s the link to the Country Music Hall of Fame’s website where they are found and easily viewed.  Thanks for listening.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dwight Yoakam Blame the Vain Blame the Vain New West Records
Dwight Yoakam A Thousand Miles from Nowhere This Time Warner 1061
Dwight Yoakam Act Naturally Dwight Sings Buck New West Records Inc.
JP Harris and the Tough Choices Take It All I’ll Keep Calling Cow Island Music
Dwight Yoakam I’ll Be Gone A Town South of Bakersfield Enigma
Gary Stewart She’s Acting Single, I’m Drinking Double The Essential Gary Stewart RCA
Rosie Flores & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Chauffeur Girl of the Century Bloodshot Records
Alejandro Escovedo Big Station Big Station Concord Music Group
Alejandro Escovedo w/ Rosie Flores Ballad of the Sun and the Moon KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 10 KGSR
Flaco Jimenez Love Me Do Sleepytown Back Porch
The Blasters Long White Cadillac Trouble Bound Hightone Records
Dwight Yoakam Ain’t That Lonely Yet This Time Warner 1061
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Power of the 45 Turntable Matinee Yep Roc Records
Ferlin Husky and Jean Shepard A Dear John Letter Swing West Vol 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
Joe Maphis & Rose Lee Maphis Dim Lights Thick Smoke And Loud, Loud Music Swing West Vol. 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
Tommy Collins What’Cha Gonna Do Now Swing West Volume, Vol 1 Razor & Tie
The Legarde Twins Night Blooming Jasmine Bakersfield Rebels Ace
Gary S. Paxton Bakersfield Bakersfield Rebels Ace
The Bryds Life In Prison Sweetheart of the Rodeo Columbia/Legacy
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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