Show #198 – Celebrating Immigrants

A quote from the newly appointed California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra that was printed in New York Times was the inspiration for the show last night.

“We didn’t become the sixth most powerful economy in the world by kicking people out of our state. Whether it was the Okies or the Mexican immigrants or the folks who have made Silicon Valley what it is today, we welcome people who want to work hard.”

It isn’t difficult, with a bit of listening to see how music brings people together and melds traditions and cultures to create new sounds, and the Bakersfield Sound is no exception. Since the show is Bakersfield and Beyond, we have some leeway to mix in other tunes.

This may have been one of our strongest themed shows, and we are sneaking up on show #200. Thanks for listening and digging the tunes.

Big thanks to Jonny for “tipping our show,” a new feature on KWMR. Check it out!

Steve Earle City of Immigrants Washington Square Serenade New West Records
Merle Haggard Okie from Muskogee Okie from Muskogee Capitol
Bob Dylan I Pity the Poor Immigrant John Wesley Harding Columbia
Gene Loves Jezebel The Immigrant Immigrant Beggars Banquet
Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin III Atlantic Records
Homer Joy Okie Road Someday It’ll Be Country FSP First Stone Productions
Hank Snow I’ve Been Everywhere The Essential Hank Snow BMG Entertainment
Keeley Valentino Signs for Bakersfield Keeley Valentino 101 North Music
Tom Russell Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall? The Wounded Heart Of America Shout! Factory
Los Lobos Kiko and the Lavender Moon Just Another Band from East L.A. Slash Records
Mingo Saldivar Ring of Fire American Roots Music Palm
Valerio Longoria Rosalito American Roots Music Palm
Lydia Mendoza Mal Hombre The Best of Lydia Mendoza Arhoolie Records
Linda Ronstadt Desperado Linda Ronstadt’s Greatest Hits Elektra
Dwight Yoakam Streets of Bakersfield (Live) Live from Austin, TX: Dwight Yoakam New West Records
The Mavericks Come Unto Me In Time The Valory Music Group
Flaco Jimenez Sorry Boy American Roots Music Palm
Los Lobos Will the Wolf Survive Just Another Band from East L.A. Slash Records
Buck Owens And The Buckeroos Open Your Heart The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966 Omnivore Recordings
Lucky Starr I’ve Been Everywhere Greatest Big Hits of 1962, Vol. 28 Six Week Smile
Reggae Cowboys Reggae Rodeo Rock Steady Rodeo Tumbleweed
Elton John Border Song Greatest Hits Polydor
John Doe & The Sadies Stop the World and Let Me Off Country Club Yep Roc Records
Janis Martin As Long as I’m Movin’ The Blanco Sessions cow island

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