Show #208 – Trout’s

The tale of a honky tonk, a missing sign and a changing landscape for music in Bakersfield. Our pal Robert Price hooked us up with fellow Bakersfield Californian journalist Steven Mayer. Mayer is covering the story of the sale of the iconic bar Trout’s, and speculation that the sign may either be getting restored, or has been stolen. His recent article in the Bakersfield Californian leaves many questions unanswered. We will be tracking this story and will update listeners.

Trout’s is for sale. If you have a spare $349,000 plus some funds for repairs and marketing, you could keep the dream alive in Oildale.

There are lots of songs about Honky Tonks that exist in the Bakersfield Sound. A sound, that has been recorded, and exists and can never be taken away. The playlist for the show focused on honky tonks, bars, drinking and not drinking. Steven Mayer, a drummer as well as a reporter, says that live music is alive and well in Bakersfield, but less country music than in the storied past.

Here’s a story about the issue from KGET in Bakersfield.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Eilen Jewell I’m a Honky Tonk Girl Butcher Holler: Tribute to Loretta Lynn Signature Sounds Recordings
Joe And Rose Lee Maphis Dim Lights Thick Smoke (And Loud Loud Music) Famous Hits by Joe and Rose Lee Maphis Jazz Elite S.P.
John Doe She’s Not Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet Yep Rock
Fat Kat and the Von Zippers Birth of Bakersfield That Bakerbilly Sound self
Johnny Horton On a Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor On A Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor Columbia
Trace Adkins Honky Tonk Badonkadonk Trace Adkins: capitol nashville
Gary Stewart She’s Acting Single, I’m Drinking Double The Essential Gary Stewart RCA
Merle Haggard A Bar In Bakersfield Merle Haggard: Best of the 90’s, Vol. Two curb
Joe Diffie Honky Tonk Attitude Greatest Hits Epic/Nashville
Groove da Priaia Honky Tonk Woman Bossa N Stones Music Brokers
Johnny Horton Honky Tonk Man By Request: Country’s All-Time Best-loved Songs & Stars Reader’s Digest Music
Merle Haggard I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink Hag – The Best of Merle Haggard capitol nashville
Loretta Lynn Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind) Loretta Lynn: All Time Greatest Hits MCA Nashville
Waylon Jennings Drinkin’ and Dreamin’ The Essential Waylon Jennings Sony Music Entertainment
Johnny Paycheck A-11 All Time Greatest Hits Goldenlane Records
Gary Stewart Drinkin’ Thing The Essential Gary Stewart RCA
Wanda Jackson A Girl Don’t Have to Drink to Have Fun Cream of The Crop capitol nashville
Chuck Prophet Jesus Was a Social Drinker Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins Yep Roc Records
Mike Beck Oildale Rooted Reata Records
Whiskey Richards Little Old Wine Drinker demo Self Produced
Dwight Yoakam This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me The Reprise Albums Collection – 1986-2000 Rhino/Warner Bros.
Jim Ed Brown Pop a Top The Best of Jim Ed Brown K-Tel
Hank Williams Your Cheatin’ heart Your Cheatin’ heart Mercury Nashville
Buck Owens Love Don’t Make The Bars Buck Owens, The Warner Bros. Recordings Warner Bros
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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