Billy Mize

As Joe Sauders’ film “Billy Mize And The Bakersfield Sound” documentary gets closer to being finished and released, we thought we would try to catch up with Joe and find out how the production is going.  Seems the film may be finished for a fall release with a premiere perhaps in Bakersfield.  Joe was excited about the project and the upcoming June 15 fund raiser in Delano, CA.  There are some great raffle prizes that one could win by following the directions on the “Billy Mize & The Bakersfield Sound” fundraiser event web page.

In 1953, Billy Mize, along with Bill Woods, and Herb Henson put out “The Cousin Herb Trading Post Show” from a Bakersfield TV station whose signal could reach all the way in to Los Angeles.  It was here that acts such as locals Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Tommy Collins as well as national recording stars, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, were broadcast into living rooms across the Southland.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Maurice Tani/77 El Deora Twisted Blue Line Western Independent Recordings
Dwight Yoakam Crazy Little Thing Called Love The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam Reprise
The Paladins Gone Palvoline No. 7 Ruf Records
Dave Gleason The Winner Midnight California Well Worn Records
Merle Haggard Honky Tonk Nightime Man Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard Capitol Records
Joe & Rose Lee Maphis Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) Swing West Vol. 1 – Bakersfield Razor & Tie
Tommy Collins Whatcha Gonna Do Now The Best of Tommy Collins Curb Records
Merle Haggard Bill Woods From Bakersfield Let Me Tell You About A Song Capitol
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
Dave Alvin Kern River West of the West Yep Roc Records
Big House She’s Got the Magic Never Ending Train Big House Records
Homer Joy I’m Not Drinkin’ Enough Someday It’ll Be Country FSP First Stone Productions
Janis Martin Long White Cadillac The Blanco Sessions Cow Island
Fat Kat and the Von Zippers Birth of Bakersfield That Bakerbilly Sound Fat Katt
Buck Nickels and Loose Change Rum Runners Buck Nickels and Loose Change Taman records,Dave Westerbeke
The Knitters Dry River The Modern Sounds of The Knitters Zoe Records
77 El Deora My Old Address Book Sirens Western Independent Recordings
Red Meat Inner Redneck Meet Red Meat Ranchero Records
Buck Owens Down On the Corner of Love His Earliest Recordings Recall Records
Lone Justice East Of Eden Lone Justice Geffen Records
Gary S. Paxton Bakersfield Bakersfield Rebels Ace
The Gosdin Brothers Goergia Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Ace Records
Wynn Stewart Wishful Thinking Wynn Stewart Forum Avon
Ruby Dee and The Snake Handlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus
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