Monthly Archives: January 2016

Show #171 – Wurn Snell of Colitas

Do you ever listen to a song and imagine the lyrics to be one thing as you hear it only to find out the actual lyrics are something totally different?  Yeah, we don’t either.  However, it happens.  Jimi Hendrix and “scuse me while I kiss this guy” instead of “scuse me while I kiss the sky.”  “The girl with colitis goes by” instead of “the girl with kaleidoscope yes” on The Beatles Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.  You get the idea.  The Eagles “Hotel California’s” line “the warm smell of colitas in the air” could be misinterpreted as “Wurn Snell of Colitas…” as reinterpreted at this link where someone asks what the Eagles mean by “colitas.”

What we were trying to do was pay homage to Glen Frey of the Eagles who passed away recently at the age of 69.  We like the Eagles.  And apparently, so did Buck Owens because he recorded some Eagles songs that are out on the Omnivore Recordings label – Buck Sings Eagles.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Raul Malo Superstar Sinners & Saints Fantasy
Whitey Morgan I Ain’t Drunk Whitey Morgan & The 78s Yep Roc
John Doe & The Sadies The Night Life Country Club Yep Roc Records
Red Meat Pretty Little Lights of Town We Never Close Ranchero Records
Buck Owens Sam’s Place 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Johnny Paycheck Heaven’s Almost As Big As Texas Johnny Paycheck Golden Lane
Merle Haggard and George Jones Yesterday’s Wine Living Legends Sony Music Entertainment
77 El Deora I Just Dodged a Bullet The Crown and Crow’s Confession Western Independent Recording
Derailers Can’t Stop a Train Reverb Deluxe Watermelon
Dave Gleason Some New Someone Dave Gleason’s Wasted Days Well Worn Records
Tim Hus Cattlerack Cadillac Bush Pilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dave Alvin Here In California West of The West Yep Roc Records
Eleven Hundred Springs Every Time I Get Close to You Country Jam Palo Duro
John Stewart Wheatfield Lady The Complete Phoenix Concerts Bear Family Records
Meat Puppets What To Do II MRI
The Eagles Sad Cafe Greatest Hits 2 Elektra Records
Eagles Try and Love Again Hotel California Elektra Records
Poco You Better Think Twice Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Big Beat
Gene Clark Tried So Hard Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Big Beat
Linda Ronstadt Desperado Linda Ronstadt’s Greatest Hits Elektra
Eagles Take It Easy Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 Rhino/Elektra
Buck Owens Peaceful Easy Feeling Buck Sings The Eagles Omnivore Records
Eagles Hotel California Hotel California Elektra Records
Merle Haggard Skid Row The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus
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Show #170 – Red Simpson

Red Simpson, March 6, 1934 – January 8, 2016.  Thanks for the music, Red.  Like many of the other Bakersfield Sound progenitors, Joseph “Red” Simpson came to Bakersfield from the east.  Well, Arizona, but it’s still east of Bakersfield.  While he became known for his truck songs, he wrote many more songs about the usual finding love, losing love, keeping love…  We found a lot of artists we weren’t familiar with, including Jimmy Howard from Australia, who recorded an album titled “My Favorite Red Simpson Songs,” and Ben Steneker, known as “The Godfather of Dutch Country Music.”  There were also two songs we can’t quite verify as being Red Simpson songs, but the songs share the title of a song Red wrote (noted with an *), but they were good, so I threw them in the mix.  Thanks, Red.

 

 

 

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Red Simpson Hello I’m a Truck Hello I’m a Truck Gusto Records
Merle Haggard You Don’t Have Very Far to Go The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles Omnivore
Buck Owens Sam’s Place 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Jimmy Howard I’m a Pretty Good Man My Favorite Red Simpson Songs Jimmy Howard
Buck Owens Gonna Have Love Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Omnivore
The Flying Burrito Brothers Close Up The Honky Tonks Sleepless Nights Warner Brothers
The Cornell Hurd Band Black Smoke a Blowin’ Over 18 Wheels Texas By Night Behemoth
Red Simpson Roll Truck Roll Swing West Vol. 1 Bakersfield Razor & Tie
The Wayfarers Bullshippers Interstate Truckin’ K-Tel
Buck Owens We Split the Blanket Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Omnivore
Gene Thome’ and the Bakersfield Sound You Don’t Have Very Far to Go It’s A Bakersfield Thing Gene Thome’ and the Bakersfield Sound
American Sixgun The Devil In You* The Devil in Your Bones Eulogy Recordings
Jimmy Howard Motivatin’ Man My Favorite Red Simpson Songs Jimmy Howard
Bill Kirchen Nitro Express Have Love, Will Travel Black Top
Merle Haggard & The Strangers Bill Woods From Bakersfield Let Me Tell You About a Song Nashville Catalog
Glen Ayers Sweet Love (With Red Simpson) The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Buck Owens The Band Keeps Playin’ On Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Omnivore Recordings
Ben Steneker & Ine Dijkstra A Devil Like Me (Needs An Angel Like You) Country Stones Sam Sam Music
Red Simpson Truck Drivin’ Man Best of Truck Driving Favorites Omnivore
Lyle Lovett Don’t Touch My Hat* The Road To Ensenada MCA Records
Del & Sue Smart I’m Mad At Me Original Country and Western Music, Vol. 2 Elite Special
Gene Thome’ and the Bakersfield Sound Gonna Have Love (feat. Johnny Owens) It’s A Bakersfield Thing Gene Thome’ and the Bakersfield Sound
Lucinda Williams You Don’t Have Very Far to Go Tulare Dust, a songwriters tribute to merle haggard Hightone Records
Merle Haggard & The Strangers Somewhere on Skidrow Pride In What I Am Columbia
Junior Brown Semi-Crazy Junior Brown: Greatest Hits Curb
Dick Curless I Went Bad for a Pretty Girl The Travelling Man, Vol. 5 Country Music Group
Landon Dodd I Bought the Shoes (That Just Walked Out On Me) Call of The Wine Heart of Texas Records
Jimmy C. Newman The Night Time Is Cry Time Greatest Hits Volume 1 Plantation Records
Jimmy Howard Truck Daddy My Favorite Red Simpson Songs Jimmy Howard
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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