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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