August 2 Playlist and Billy Mize

We had a great time chatting on the phone with Joe Saunders, the film maker who is creating the documentary “Billy Mize and The Bakersfield Sound.”  Joe also happens to be the grandson of Billy Mize so the project is also very personal.  Billy Mize was one of the architects of the Bakersfield Sound helping to produce Cousin Herb’s Trading Post TV show in Bakersfield in 1953 that featured up and coming artists like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.  Yeah, you’ve heard of Buck and Merle, but not as many folks have heard of Billy Mize.  Joe’s trying to change that by getting his film produced.  He’s got the footage shot and is now working on editing and obtaining the licensing rights to the music that is needed.  There is also a section devoted to Billy Mize, as an architect and founder, at the recently opened Bakersfield Sound exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Recently, there was a successful Kickstarter project for “Billy Mize and The Bakersfiled Sound,” however, more money will be needed to fully complete the project.  The film is sponsored in part by the San Francisco Film Society and tax deductible donations can be made through the SFFS website.  It’s sure to be a worthy project.

So, here’s the playlist and some clips.

Even though there’s no video with this next clip, it’s such a great sounding version of “Funnel of Love” with Lux Interior and Poison Ivy from The Cramps back Wanda on this.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dwight Yoakam Bury Me Guitars, Cadilacs, Etc., Etc. Reprise
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women California’s Burning Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women Yep Roc
JP Harris and the Tough Choices Badly Bent I’ll Keep Calling Cow Island Music
Joe & Rose Lee Maphis Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) The History of Country & Western, Vol. 12 Documents
Jon Byrd Easy To Be Free Down At the Well of Wishes Longleaf Pine Records
Billy Mize Solid Sender That’ll Flat Git It, Vol. 9 (DECCA) Bear Family Records GmbH
Jerry Lee Lewis Who Will Buy The Wine Jerry Lee Lewis Sun Record Company
Billy Mize Make It Rain Make It Rain CDBY
Dean Martin Don’t Let The Blues Make You Bad The Hit Sound of Dean Martin UME Direct
Billy Mize Bubbles In My Beer A Salute to Swing Billy Mize
Merle Haggard Mama Tried Okie from Muskogee Capitol
Moot Davis Fade to Gold Man About Town Highway Kind Records, LLC
Stan Martin Should’ve Been Gone Distilled Influences Twang Tone Records
Chelle Rose Rufus Morgan, Preacher Man Ghost of Browder Holler Lil’ Damsel Records
Gary Lee Kirkpatrick One Night Stand One Night Stand Labrada Music
The Knitters Poor Little Critter On the Road Poor Little Critter on the Road Rhino/Slash
Gram Parsons Cry One More Time GP Rhino/Warner Bros.
Buck Owens Buckaroo Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits Rhino Records
Buck Owens Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits Rhino Records
Jackie Wilson Doggin’ Around I’ll Take You There – Voices In Classic Soul Rhino Records
Rosie Flores & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Chauffeur Girl of the Century Bloodshot Records
Wanda Jackson Funnel of Love (feat. The Cramps) Heart Trouble CMH Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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One response to “August 2 Playlist and Billy Mize

  1. I love the music you play, and I love your passion for the Bakersfield Sound.

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