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Show #218 – Digging Deep In The Vinyl Vault

Well that was fun! Our pals who host “Off the Cuff,” the program that follows “Bakersfield and Beyond” were impressed. They wondered where the hell we got all that music! It’s been awhile since any new vinyl was added to the collection, but for a time there were new country albums procured, and it is not that often that we dig so deeply into the stash. But tonight we did.

Vinyl is heavy, but it was schlepped into the studio this evening. We hope you enjoyed the show, and if not, and it is within 14 days of now, you can check out the archive HERE. I don’t often take the time to listen to a show again, but this one may be an exception!

Porter Wagoner
While we did not play this particular Ferlin Husky song, this is a cool one.
Dwight
Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Eddy Arnold You Don’t Know Me Eddy Arnold Sing Them Again RCA
Porter Wagoner Howdy Neighbour, Howdy Country Giants Vol. 5 RCA
Wynn Stewart Half of This, Half of That The Songs of Wynn Stewart Capitol Records
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen Truck Drivin’ man Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites MCA
Cal Lewis A Boy in Buckskin Cal Lewis Sings In Memory of Jim Reeves Diplomat
Judy Lynn I Lost My Wings Last Night Welcome to Columbia Country 20 Great Country Stars 20 Great Country Performances Columbia
Los Lobos a matter of time How Will The Wolf Survive? Slash
Merle Haggard Big City Big City CBS Inc
Hank Snow I’m Movin’ on The Golden Country & Western Hits RCA
The Lettermen Wichita Lineman A collector’s Limited Edition Round-Up Capitol
Buck Owens Kickin’ Our Hearts Around The Best of Buck Owens Capitol
The Byrds Truck Stop Girl (Untitled) /(Unissued) Columbia/Legacy
Lefty Frizzell The Long Black Veil Number Two Greatest Western Hits Columbia
Vern Gosdin Till the End Till The End Elektra
Ray Price Heartache by the Number Number Two Greatest Western Hits Columbia
Waylon Jennings Delta Dawn Ladies Love Outlaws RCA
Patsy Cline Walkin After Midnight Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits MCA
Ferlin Husky Sea Sand Capitol Country Anniversary Album Capitol
Tex Ritter Big rock candy mountain Tumbling Tumbleweeds Reader’s Digest Music
Dwight Yoakam Dim Lights Thick Smoke Loud Music 3 Pears Warner Bros.
Johnny Seay Behind My Baby’s Bedroom Door Welcome to Columbia Country 20 Great Country Stars 20 Great Country Performances Columbia
Joe Maphis and others Give Me 40 Acres, The Great Figure 8 Race, Mumblin to Myself, Abilene, Maggie Blues, Country Music Time 25 Country Music Greats Starday
Slim Whitman Rhinestone Cowboy Tumbling Tumbleweeds RCA
Elvis Costello Why Don’t You Love Me (Like You Used to Do) Almost Blue Riviera Global Productions
Bobbie Gentry Son of a preacher man Round Up Capitol
Bonnie Owens I Let a Stranger Buy the Wine Capitol Country Anniversary Album Capitol
Jean Shepard Many Happy Hangovers to You Country Stars on TV Gusto Records
Gary Stewart You’re Not the Woman You Use to Be RCA Country Legends: Gary Stewart RLG/BMG Heritage
Bakersfield Boogie Boys Okie from Muskogee Bakersfield Boogie Boys Rhino Records
Waylon Jennings Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line The Best of Waylon Jennings RCA
Rank And File Amanda Ruth Sundown Slash Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus
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Show #217 – Billy Mize

On October 28, 2017 Billy Mize passed away. In many ways he embodied the idea of the Bakersfield Sound. He was from Kansas, not Oklahoma and was raised in the San Joaquin Valley and learned to play guitar as a child.

Robert Price, author of “The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music” and a senior writer and former editor of the Bakersfield Californian wrote this obituary of Billy Mize. Robert writes: “Mize, a triple threat as a singer, songwriter and television host who won the Academy of Country Music’s TV Personality of the Year award three years in a row, 1965-1967, died at a nursing home in Pleasanton. He was 88.”

“Billy was a crucial player in the birth of the Bakersfield Sound, but his polished style and refined vocal delivery set him apart from his peers,” said music writer Scott B. Bomar. “He could have just as easily been a star of the silver screen had he not chosen a life in country music.”

Joe Saunders, Billy Mize’s grandson produced a documentary about his grandfather’s life. You can check it out HERE. We interviewed Joe a few years back and it was a labor of love and lots of hard work to finish the movie.

We also celebrated the birthday of K. D. Lang and spun a few Dwight Yoakam tunes and a tune from King Leg, a band that Dwight has produced. Then it was a bit of traditional Bakersfield tunes including Buck and Merle. You can check out the archive for 14 days HERE.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Billy Mize Solid Sender The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Jerry Lee Lewis Who Will Buy the Wine Jerry Lee Lewis Sun Record Company
Billy Mize Make it Rain Make It Rain CDBY
Dean Martin Don’t Let the Blues Make You Bad The Hit Sound of Dean Martin UME Direct
Billy Mize San Antonio Rose A Salute to Swing Billy Mize
Billy Mize Sally Was a Good Old Girl Highlights From Melody Ranch Vol. 2 Essential Media Group
Billy Mize Planet Named Desire The Other Side of Bakersfield: 1950’s &60’s Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Vol. 2 Bear Family Records GmbH
Billy Mize Roly Poly A Salute to Swing Billy Mize
Billy Mize & Janie Brannon Terrible Tangled Web Terrible Tangled Web – Single Hillside Records
Billy Mize Who Will Buy The Wine Make It Rain CDBY
Billy Mize Sweet Dreams Highlights From Melody Ranch Vol. 3 Essential Media Group
Billy Mize My Window Faces South A Salute to Swing Billy Mize
Billy Mize Goody Goody Highlights From Melody Ranch Vol. 7 Essential Media Group
Billy Mize Trouble In Mind A Salute to Swing Billy Mize
K.d. Lang Big Boned Gal Absolute Torch and Twang Sire
K.d. Lang Full Moon Full of Love Absolute Torch and Twang Sire
K.d. Lang Lock, Stock and Teardrops Shadowland Sire
K.d. Lang Honky Tonk Angels Medley Shadowland Sire
Dwight Yoakam Bury Me (feat. Maria McKee) Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Rhino/Warner Bros.
King Leg Comfy Chair / A Dream That Never Ends Meet King Leg Sire
Dwight Yoakam Intentional Heartache Blame the Vain New West Records Inc.
Merle Haggard The Fugitive The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles Omnivore
Merle Haggard and the Strangers Someone Told My Story I’m a Lonesome Fugitive capitol nashville
Buck Owens Cryin’ time Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Omnivore Recordings
Buck Owens I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Omnivore Recordings
Kitty Wells It Wasn’t God That Made Honky Tonk Angels Golden Age of Country – “Waltz Across Texas” StarVista
Cliff Crofford Teenage Tears The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Joe Hall & The Corvettes Bongo Beatin’ Beatnick The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 – 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Herb Henson Goodbye, Baby, Goodbye The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2 1950S & 60S Boppers and Rockers from ‘Nashville West’ Bear Family Records GmbH
Dusty Payne My Walkin’ Shoes The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2 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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