Monthly Archives: June 2017

Show #207 – Hee Haw, Act Naturally, and A Bridge

Yesterday, 6/15/17 was the anniversary of a few different things that lend themselves well to the music that we celebrate on Bakersfield and Beyond.

Historic points that inspired our playlist this evening. We filled in with mostly older tunes indicative of the Bakersfield Sound.

In 1969 “Hee Haw” makes its prime-time debut on CBS-TV, replacing the controversial “Smothers Brothers” show. The cast includes: Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones, among others. The first guests: Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn.

In 1963 Buck Owens collects his first #1 single in Billboard with “Act Naturally.”

in 1937 Waylon Jennings is born in Littlefield, Texas. A protege of Buddy Holly, he becomes a leader in the Outlaw movement of the 1970s alongside his occasional duet partner, Willie Nelson. Jennings joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 2017 Caltrans holds a public hearing on the process and potential option for replacement of a local bridge in Point Reyes Station.

Click HERE to listen to the archive of the show!

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Minnie Pearl The Tunnel of Love Lookin’ fer a Feller Minnie Pearl
Loretta Lynn Fist City #1 Country Hits Of The ’50s and ’60s, Disc 4 Loretta Lynn
Charley Pride Kiss an Angel Good Morning The Charley Pride Collection Charley Pride
Junior Samples World’s Biggest Whopper (w/ Jim Morrison) (Original Chart Recording) The World Of Junior Samples (Original Chart Recording) Junior Samples
Charley Pride Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger Greatest Hits Collection Charley Pride
Grandpa Jones Are You from Dixie Grandpa Jones Sings His Greatest Hits Grandpa Jones
The Academy Allstars Pfft You Were Gone (From “Hee Haw”) Movin’ On Up: Ultimate Tv Soundtracks The Academy Allstars
Buck Owens Let Jesse Rob The Train The Warner Bros. Recordings Buck Owens
Don Rich The Race is On Don Rich Sings George Jones Don Rich
Wanda Jackson Cool Love Vintage Collections Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson This Should Go on Forever Wanda Jackson Vintage Collection Wanda Jackson
Ferlin Husky I Feel Better All over The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Ferlin Husky
Dusty Payne My Walkin’ Shoes The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Dusty Payne
Joe Hall & The Corvettes Bongo Beatin’ Beatnick The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Joe Hall & The Corvettes
Wally Lewis Loverboy The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1: 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from “Nashville West” Wally Lewis
Wynn Stewart Wishful Thinking The Very Best Of Wynn Stewart
Wynn Stewart Wrong Company The Very Best Of Wynn Stewart
Buck Owens Keeper of The Key Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Buck Owens
Voni Morrison, John Russell Act Naturally The Country & Western All-Star Roun-Up Voni Morrison, John Russell
Dwight Yoakam Act Naturally Dwight Sings Buck Dwight Yoakam
The Beatles Act Naturally Help! The Beatles
Buck Owens Act Naturally 21 #1 Hits Buck Owens
Connie Smith Then and Only Then The Hurtin’s All Over RCA Country Hits 1964-1972 Connie Smith
Connie Smith Tiny Blue Transistor Radio The Hurtin’s All Over (RCA Country Hits 1964-1972) Connie Smith
Patsy Montana 16 Pounds Patsy Montana Inducted Into The Hall of Fame 1996 Patsy Montana
Patsy Montana Wabash cannonball Patsy Montana Inducted Into The Hall of Fame 1996 Patsy Montana
Lorene Mercer Ballad of a Truck Driver’s Wife Bakersfield Rebels Lorene Mercer
The Flying Burrito Brothers Sin City Country & West Coast: The Birth of Country Rock The Flying Burrito Brothers
Johnny Darrell Willin’ Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Johnny Darrell
Waylon Jennings Honky Tonk Heroes Honky Tonk Heroes Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings Old Five and Dimers Like Me Honky Tonk Heroes Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings Bridge over troubled water Cedartown, Georgia Waylon Jennings
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers

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Show #206 – Gene Thome

Gene Thome wasn’t an architect of the Bakersfield Sound.  Heck, he wasn’t even a full-time musician.  What he was was a man who loved the music.  Through that music, and a bit of fortuitous luck at being in the right place at the right time, he met and became friends with Red Simpson.  Singing karaoke in a restaurant in the 90s, Gene’s cover of a Merle Haggard tune and sounding much like Hag, it caught Red’s ear and they two became friend.  Later, in 2015, they got together and Gene recorded an album “It’s A Bakersfield Thing.”  Gene passed away last week from kidney cancer.  We never met Gene or even knew about him until we discovered him as we were putting together a tribute show for the late Red Simpson last year, but we appreciate the flame he held for the Bakersfield Sound.  R.I.P Gene Thome.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dwight Yoakam Crazy little thing called love The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam Dwight Yoakam
Social Distortion Bakersfield Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes Social Distortion
Buck Owens Johnny B. Goode Streets of Bakersfield Greatest Hits Buck Owens
Glen Glenn Let Me Talk to You Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud Loud Music Glen Glenn
Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague Truck Stop a Go Go Miles Away Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague
The Crickets Oh, Boy! The “Chirping” Crickets The Crickets
Merle Haggard A Bar In Bakersfield Merle Haggard: Best of the 90’s, Vol. Two Merle Haggard
Mike Therieau Living from a Suitcase Living From A Suitcase Mike Therieau
Janis Martin Drugstore Rock ‘n’ Roll the female elvis Janis Martin
Buck Owens Act Naturally 21 #1 Hits Buck Owens
Dave Gonzales Tired of Being Me The Man of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to Chris Gaffney Dave Gonzales
The Derailers Get ‘er Done Soldiers of Love The Derailers
Eleven Hundred Springs Whose Heart Are You Breaking Tonight Country Jam Eleven Hundred Springs
John Doe & The Sadies The Night Life Country Club John Doe & The Sadies
Corky Jones (aka. Buck Owens) Rhythm and Booze The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Corky Jones (aka. Buck Owens)
The Flying Burrito Brothers Dim Lights Sleepless Nights The Flying Burrito Brothers
Loretta Lynn Wine, Women and Song Loretta Lynn: All Time Greatest Hits Loretta Lynn
Gary Stewart Out of Hand The Essential Gary Stewart Gary Stewart
Grateful Dead Mexicali Blues The Best Of Grateful Dead (Skeletons From The Closet) Grateful Dead
Hank Williams Honky Tonkin’ The Best of Hank Williams Hank Williams
Jean Shepard Crying Steel Guitar Waltz Swing West – Vol. 1 Bakersfield Jean Shepard
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
Gene Thome’ and the Bakersfield Sound Honky Tonk Nightime Man It’s a Bakersfield Thing Gene Thome’ and the Bakersfield Sound
Gene Thome’ and the Bakersfield Sound Sam’s Place (feat. Johnny Owens) It’s a Bakersfield Thing Gene Thome’ and the Bakersfield Sound
Jim Lauderdale Honky Tonk Mood Again Country Super Hits Vol. 1 Jim Lauderdale
Johnny Cash Thirteen American Recordings Johnny Cash
Red Meat Deep Water 13 Red Meat
Dave Alvin Dry River Best of the Hightone Years Dave Alvin
The Maddox Brothers & Rose Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band, Vol. 1 The Maddox Brothers & Rose
Maurice Tani The Look Of Love The White Water Maurice Tani
Merle Haggard Sing Me Back Home The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles Merle Haggard
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysis

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