Monthly Archives: February 2014

“We like punk rock and country.”

Last week an interview we did with “Bakersfield Life” came out on line and soon after we got a few messages from Bakersfield folks.  One from Jerry D. Hobbs came with the offer of a CD of his music.  Thanks, Jerry.  We got it and played a track tonight.  We dug it.  We also got a message here on the blog that said simply “Slim the Drifter lived here in Bakersfield. He lived hard and fast, but he had a big heart.”  This was followed by an mp3 of his cover of “Streets of Bakersfield.”  In one of the youtube clips below, Slim the Drifter says “we like punk rock and country.”  That could be summed up in many ways.  Bakersfield country is the punk rock to Nashville’s countrypolitan.  Thanks for turning us on to Slim the Drifter, his music, and his life that ended too young.

And it was Johnny Cash’s birthday yesterday.  Happy birthday, John R. Cash.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Blake Berglund Oceanman Coyote Oceanman Records
RJ Jones Ozark Mountain Lullaby self Self Produced
Jerry D. Hobbs Until Freezes Over, I’ll Still Be Loving You Bakersfield A”Workin” Man’s Country” JDH Records
Soulajar Love’s a Funny Thing Love’s a Funny Thing – Single Aum Studio Music
Junior Brown Hang Up And Drive Volume Ten JRB
Hank III Wreck of the Old ’97 Dressed In Black – A Tribute to Johnny Cash Dualtone
Robbie Fulks Cry, Cry, Cry Dressed In Black – A Tribute to Johnny Cash Dualtone
Johnny Cash I Hung My Head cash vol II Universal
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Branded Man Bakersfield MCA Nashville
Suzy Bogguss Today I Started Loving You Again Lucky Loyal Dutchess Records
Buck Owens Open Up Your Heart Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Buck Owens Where Does the Good Times Go Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Buck Owens Sam’s Place Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Tom Russell Bakersfield Hotwalker Red Music
Slim The Drifter Streets of Bakersfield Single Self
Social Distortion Bakersfield Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes Epitaph
The Jazz Butcher Bakersfield The Jazz Butcher’s Free Lunch Rev-Ola
Merle Haggard A Bar In Bakersfield Merle Haggard: Best of the 90’s, Vol. Two Curb
Fat Kat and the Von Zippers Birth of Bakersfield That Bakerbilly Sound Self
Son Volt Bakersfield Honky Tonk Rounder
Neko Case I’m From Nowhere The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You Anti Records
Lydia Loveless Wine Lips Somewhere Else Bloodshot Records
Wanda Jackson You Know I’m No Good The Party Ain’t Over Nonesuch
Cindylee Berryhill Bars, Booze, and Boysclubs Beloved Stranger Populuxe Records
David Luning Whiskey Bottle Just Drop On By David Luning
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus
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Day Before Valentine’s Day

Day before Valentine’s Day and nary a love song in the bunch.  But then aren’t all country songs love songs – I love my dog, I love my truck, I love my country.  Yep.  We started off with a few songs about rain since we finally had ourselves a gully washer that broke a very long dry spell.  In 3 days we had more rain than all of last year.  We’re feeling mighty refreshed and hope we played some fresh songs for y’all.

And a big happy birthday to J.P. Harris of J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices today!

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Buck Owens The Bridge Washed Out Honky Tonk Man, Buck Sings Country Classics Omnivore Records
77 El Deora Rain The Crown & The Crow’s Confession Western Independent Recordings
77 El Deora Get Up The Crown & The Crow’s Confession Western Independent Recordings
Dwight Yoakam If Teardrops Were Diamonds (with Willie Nelson) 21st Century Hits: Best of 2000-2012 New West Records
Wanda Jackson Let Me Explain Wanda Jackson, The Best of the Classic Capitol Singles Omnivore Records
Don Rich White Lightning Don Rich Sings George Jones Omnivore Recordings
Tom Armstrong This Honky Tonkin’ Life Wine Stained Heart Carswell
Lone Justice Vigilante This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 Omnivore Records
Lone Justice Working Man’s Blues This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 Omnivore Records
Tony Joe White Holed Up Hoodoo Yep Roc Records
Jim Lauderdale Honky Tonk Mood Again Country Super Hits Vol. 1 Yep Roc Records
The International Submarine Band Blue Eyes Safe At Home Sundazed
Merle Haggard I’m Gonna Break Every Heart Merle Haggard, The Complete 60s Capitol Singles Omnivore Recordings
Mike Beck Rock & Roll Cowgirl Mike Beck and The Bohemian Saint Reata Records
Tim Hus Church of Country Music Western Star Stony Plain Records
George Jones The Race Is On George Jones, The Complete United Artist Solo Singles Omnivore Recordings
Tin Star American Summer Somebody’s Dreams Tin Star
Suzy Bogguss I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink Lucky Loyal Dutchess Records
Suzy Bogguss Sing Me Back Home Lucky Loyal Dutchess Records
JP Harris and the Tough Choices Two For The Road I’ll Keep Calling Cow Island Music
JP Harris and the Tough Choices Badly Bent I’ll Keep Calling Cow Island Music
Don Rich Buckersfield Breakdown That Fiddlin’ Man Omnivore Recordings
Buck Owens Sweethearts In Heaven Buck Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Omnivore Records
The Knitters Poor Little Critter On the Road Poor Little Critter on the Road Rhino/Slash
Blake Berglund High Water or Hell Coyote Oceanman Records
Gary Stewart Stone Wall (Around Your Heart) The Essential Gary Stewart RCA
Johnny Paycheck A11 This Is Country Music Delta
Gene Clark White Light Gene Clark, Here Tonight, The White Light Demos Omnivore Records
Red Meat Midwest Blues Alameda County Line Ranchero Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make It Last North Of Bakersfield Dionysus Records

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