It was 39 years ago yesterday

It was 39 years ago yesterday when Don Rich passed away in what some see as a controversial motorcycle accident.  The man brought into the Buckaroos by Buck Owens who made that silver telecaster shine died at a young age on  Highway 1 in Moro Bay.  As much as Don is known for the twang of the Bakersfield Sound, he was a very accomplished musician at a very early age.  In 1957, when he was just 16, Don opened for Elvis Presley at a show in Tacoma, Washington.  Don Rich, you are missed, but your music lives to inspire.

In addition to a great guitarist, Don Rich was also a very accomplished fiddle player.

And then we played a set of Dave Gonzales themed music – Hacienda Brothers, The Paladins, Stone River Boys, and what the heck some Chris Gaffney too.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Neko Case Thrice All American Furnace Room Lullaby Anti/Epitaph
The Buckaroos Bakersfield Breakdown The Buck Owen’s Buckarooos Strike Again! Capitol
The Buckaroos My Baby’s Comin’ Home The Buck Owens’ Buckaroos Strike Again! Capitol
Clarence White Buckaroo Tuff & Stringy/Sessions 1966-68 Ace
Buck Owens Johnny B. Goode Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits Rhino Records
Buck Owens Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits Rhino Records
Dave Gleason Midnight, California Midnight, California Well Worn Records
Dwight Yoakam Ring Of Fire Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Rhino/Warner Bros.
Bakersfield Boogie Boys Okie From Muskogee Bakersfield Boogie Boys Rhino Records
The Jazz Butcher Bakersfield The Jazz Butcher’s Free Lunch Rev-Ola
77 El Deora Twisted Blue Line Western Independent Recordings
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men Highway 99 Out In California Hightone
Dallas Wayne Bouncin’ Beer Cans Off The Jukebox Here I Am In Dallas Shout!
The Knitters Poor Little Critter On the Road Poor Little Critter on the Road Rhino/Slash
John Doe and the Sadies I Still Miss Someone Country Club YepRoc Records
Stone River Boys Love on the Dial Love on the Dial cow island
The Hacienda Brothers Leavin’ On My Mind The Hacienda Brothers Koch Records
Paladins You’Re So Fine El Matador Lux
Dave Gozales Tired Of Being Me Chris Gaffney Tribute: The Manof Somebody’s Dreams Yep Roc Records
Chris Gaffney & The Cold Hard Facts Frank’s Tavern Chris Gaffney & The Cold Hard Facts ROM
The Paladins Going Down to Big Mary’s Years Since Yesterday Alligator Records
Hacienda Brothers Mental Revenge Hacienda Brothers Proper Records Ltd
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women Don’t Make Promises Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women Yep Rock
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends Mood to Burn Bridges Furnace Room Lullaby Anti/Epitaph
Wanda Jackson A Girl Don’t Have to Drink to Have Fun Cream of The Crop Capitol Nashville
Janis Martin Long White Cadillac The Blanco Sessions Cow Island
Lone Justice After The Flood Lone Justice Geffen Records
Merle Haggard Always Late (With Your Kisses) Roots, Vol. 1 Anti/Epitaph
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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