Show #167 – Merle Haggard and The Jazz Influence

There is nothing boring about the Bakersfield Sound, especially when there is a “beyond” involved. The playlist tonight could be summed up as “before,” “Bakersfield,” and “beyond.” The inspiration for the theme came from an article in the San Francisco Chronicle Pink Section that you can read HERE. It’s fun to dig in and learn more about the music that musicians listened to that became part of their vernacular. Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson have a new project, “Django and Jimmie” and the title track kicks it off.

One Django tune represents the Willie side of the equation. There are tunes from Jimmie Rodgers and the digging in found even more cool stuff. Merle tunes represent the Bakersfield aspect. The beyond is found by looking at other jazz musicians that have delved back into the Bakersfield/Americana realm.

Follow a trail of songs sometime. The adventure is worth it.

And you might want to head on down to the Great American Music Hall in SF next Tuesday for the Toys for Tots Red Meat show (normally held at the Riptide). Good tunes for a good cause.

And we hope that Merle Haggard recovers soon, he is under the weather and had to cancel some recent shows, including the one in SF.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Django and Jimmie Django and Jimmie legacy
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel #9 (Standing On the Corner) The Singing Brakeman – the Essential Recordings Primo
Django Reinhardt Honeysuckle Rose The Indispensable Django Reinhardt RCA
Merle Haggard Dixie Blues #2 I Love Dixie Blues Capitol Records
Stan Kenton & Tex Ritter High Noon (Do Not Foresake Me) Stan Kenton! Tex Ritter! Capitol
Stan Kenton Theme To The West – Original Mono Stan Kenton’s Southern Scandal Charly Records
Emmett Miller Lovesick Blues THe Minstrel Man From Georgia Sony
Merle Haggard Big Bad Bill I Love Dixie Blues Capitol Records
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel #1 (t for Texas) The Very Best Of Goldenlane Records
Marc Johnson Samurai Hee-Haw Bass Desires ECM records
Jimmie Rodgers Bimbombay The Best of Jimmie Rodgers Rhino
Louis Armstrong Indian Love Call Satchmo In Style Universal
Cassandra Wilson I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry New Moon Daughter Blue Note Records
Sonny Rollins I’m An Old Cowhand Sonny Rollins: Ken Burns Jazz Verve Records
Gary Burton Country Roads Country Roads and Other Places RCA
Clint Strong & F Powers After You’ve Gone Single Unknown
King Johnson Adultcontemporary-rootsrockbluesjazzfunk Hot Fish Laundry Mat Landslide Records
Sinead O’Connor You Do Something To Me Red, Hot & Blue: The Music of Cole Porter Capitol Records
The Jazz Butcher Saint’s Prayer Last of the Gentleman Adventurers The Jazz Butcher
Norah Jones Lone Star Come Away With Me Blue Note Records
Soulajar Love’s a Funny Thing Love’s a Funny Thing – Single Aum Studio Music
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus
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