Monthly Archives: January 2013

All hat and no cattle

Seems a few days ago, one of the big country, er, Nashville, stars, Blake Shelton, went on a rant about why country music has changed into what it is today because “old farts” don’t buy new country music records anymore.  Well, no duh.  Not that we on “Bakersfield & Beyond” are considered old farts, but the reason why us fans of the old, original country music don’t buy albums by these new country music artists is simply because we don’t much care for it’s sugary pop influence.  All hat and no cattle, we say.  If you want to make a country record that appeals to us, go back and listen to the simply arranged tracks of Wynn Stewart, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, or even later music by Gram Parsons and The Byrds.  Listen to Clarence White.  Listen to Dwight Yoakam.  Listen to Dave Alvin.  Listen to Red Meat.  Listen to Dave Gleason.  Listen to tracks with teeth.

We got into KWMR‘s Studio A tonight and wanted to play some good country music old and new.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dwight Yoakam I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide Dwight’s Used Records Koch
Buck Owens Tall Dark Stranger Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
The Derailers I’m Still Missing You Guaranteed to Satisfy Palo Duro
Dave Gleason Midnight, California Midnight, California Well Worn Records
Wynn Stewart Happy Crazy The Songs of Wynn Stewart Capitol Records
Dave Alvin Abilene Blackjack David Hightone Records
Gene Clark Couldn’t Believe Her Gene Clark Collector’s Series, LA Sessions CBS
Nashville West Mental Revenge Nashville West Featuring Clarence White Microwerks
The International Submarin Band Luxury Liner Country & West Coast, the Birth of Country Rock Ace Records
Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky A Dear John Letter Swing West Vol 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
Dee Mize Just Leave My World Alone Bakersfield Rebels Ace Records
Gib & The Reasons I’ll Live Today Bakersfield Rebels Ace Records
The Rolling Stones Torn And Frayed Exile On Main St Polydor Ltd.
The Byrds You Don’t Miss Your Water Sweetheart of the Rodeo Columbia/Legacy
Speedy West Speedin’ West The Very Best Of Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Classic Music International
Slim Whitman Song Of The Old Water Wheel America’s Favourite Folks Artist Six Week Smile
Tommy Collins Shindig In The Barn The Dynamic Tommy Collins Columbia Records
Jeremiah James Honky Tonk Heroes Are Gone Sounds Like Home Jeremiah James
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen Truck Drivin’ Man Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites MCA
Red Simpson I’m A Truck Swing West Vol. 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
Lefty Frizzell Everything Keeps Coming Back (But You) Welcome To Columbia Country Columbia
JP Harris & The Tough Choices Gear Jammin’ Daddy I’ll Keep Calling Cow Island
Dwight Yoakam Trains And Boats And Planes Population Me Koch
Daniel Romano That’s the Very Moment Come Cry With Me Normaltown Records
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison 99,999,999 Tears Cheater’s Game Kelly Willis
Merle Haggard Folsom Prison Blues Mama Tried Capitol Records
The Derailers Just to Spend the Night With You Full Western Dress Rhino/London-Sire
Dave Gleason’s Wasted Days Backside of Love Midnight, California Well Worn Records
Red Meat Deep Water 13 Ranchero Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records



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An evening with J.P. Harris

We’ve enjoyed the album I’ll Keep Calling by J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices since it first arrived at the station last year.  He and the band have a great, pure, easy to listen sound.  They play the kind of country music that people who say they don’t like country music will say “well, I don’t like country music, but I like that!”

Since J.P. flew out for a quick trip, he didn’t bring his guitar, but luckily Amanda had her guitar (that she won at last year’s Deke Dickerson Guitar Geek Festival) on hand.  We were treated to some in studio live music – a couple of tracks from last year’s album and one new, not yet recorded number that made its radio debut right here on KWMR.

And to top it all off, J.P. is a heck of a nice guy and didn’t cuss once on air.  And that means a whole lot.  So, here’s the playlist and some youtube clips.  Thanks for listening.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Lisa Marie Presley Storm of Nails Storm & Grace universal records
JP Harris and the Tough Choices I’ll Keep Calling I’ll Keep Calling Cow Island Music
Dave Gleason Blue Side of the World Turn and Fade 326 Records
Gram Parsons Streets Of Baltimore GP / Grievous Angel Warner 1061
Johnny Paycheck Heaven’s Almost As Big As Texas Johnny Paycheck Golden Lane
The Derailers Guaranteed to Satisfy Guaranteed to Satisfy Palo Duro Records
Merle Haggard Hungry Eyes Down Every Road Capitol
Dwight Yoakam Little Ways Just Lookin’ for a Hit Warner 1061
Arann Harris and the Farm Band Let Me Tell Ya Barn Sounds Self Produced
Tiny Television Rose Colored Sunsets Mission Statement Groove House Records
George Jones The Window Up Above The Essential George Jones Sony
Daniel Romano That’s the Very Moment Come Cry With Me Normaltown Records
Waylon Jennings Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line The Best of Waylon Jennings RCA
Waylon Jennings Just To Satisfy You The Essential Waylon Jennings Sony BMG
The Golden Cadillacs Broken The Golden Cadillacs The Golden Cadillacs
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Border Radio Cheater’s Game Kelly Willis
Wanda Jackson California Stars Unfinished Business Sugar Hill
Chicago Farmer The Twenty Dollar BIll Brackenforth, IL Chicago Farmer
Gary Stewart Stone Wall (Around Your Heart) The Essential Gary Stewart RCA
Ryan Cain and The Ables Lookin’ Mighty Sharpe in Nothin’ Flat My Pistol Rides Shotgun Ryan Cain and the Ables
George Jones Still Doin’ Time The Essential George Jones Sony
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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