“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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