If you have request, please post them in the comments below. As we play requests, we’ll delete the comment to make room for new ones. Thanks.
I might be a little late in my requests for tonight, but here goes. I’d like to request Steve Brack’s “Drunk Dialing,” and dedicate it to Steve Brack. I understand he’s recovering from having his appendix out. Ouch!
Also, anything you may have by my two favorite Daves: Dave Howe and Dave Alvin.
How ’bout a Bob Wills cover? Surprise me w/something by someone other than Merle or Dwight.
how about some Grahm Parsons? Wild Horses for Kenny Edwards from Santa Barbara who just passed away.
One word: Polka!!
Thank you, Amanda.
Consider this an Invitation To attend Filming as well.
For immediate release 1-5-2011
“The Bakersfield Sound”. a new movie BY California City Studios.
In pre production at California City Studios and through Out the City of Bakersfield .
(Synopsis and press package avaliable. )
To be directed BY Nunzio Fazio
Cinematography by Emmy award winner Erick Scott
“Merle Haggard” “The Beatles”, “Dewight Yoakum” all defined the Popular “Bakersfield Sound” and the ear for which this movie is based.
In an interview with, Multi award winner, Dwight Yoakum where he defined the term ” Bakersfield sound”:
‘Bakersfield’ really is not exclusively limited to the town itself but encompasses the larger California country sound of the Forties, Fifties and on into the Sixties, and even the Seventies, with the music of Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, the Burrito Brothers and the Eagles — they are all an extension of the ‘Bakersfield Sound’ and a byproduct of it. I’ve got a poster of Buck Owens performing at the Fillmore West in 1968 in Haight Asbury! What went on there led to there being a musical incarnation called country rock. I don’t know if there would have been a John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival had there not been the California country music that’s come to be known as the ‘Bakersfield Sound’.
– the Beatles, for one, covered Buck’s 1963 hit “Act Naturally” and had a standing order for each of his new albums the minute they were released. Yet the Sound was a profound influence on roots-rock, even more so than country: it was, for example, a crucial component of the sound that Credence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty (a resident of Berkeley , CA ) developed for his band. The Bakersfield Sound was later re-popularized for country by Dwight Yoakum in the Eighties, and the city remains a hotbed of musical activity even today
Definition: A direct reaction to the “Nashville Sound” and “Countrypolitan” movements of the early Sixties, which saw country music turn to string-laden ballads to boost sales, the “Bakersfield Sound” originated in the town of the same name…, a lower California outpost that had been populated by Dust Bowl refugees during the Great Depression. The initial proponent of the sound was Buck Owens and his backing band, the Buckaroos, who mixed honky-tonk barroom country with pedal steel from Western Swing music, mixed in a little “Louisiana Swing” and some of the Tex-Mex polkas coming in from just over the border, and then topped it off with a relatively new phenomenon — a Fender Telecaster guitar, not heard in country, which (except for the pedal steel) had stuck mainly to acoustic instrumentation.
The new phenomenon didn’t catch fire nationally until the mid-Sixties, though it gained many aficionados, especially from the rockabilly crowd. Another local roadhouse vet, Merle Haggard, and his band the Strangers, were thought to be the first disciples of the Bakersfield sound developed by Owens, yet Haggard didn’t enjoy significant success until the turn of the decade. By then, the sound had been absorbed into the mainstream –
Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music singer, guitarist, instrumentalist, and songwriter. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the “Bakersfield Sound”, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster guitars, vocal harmonies, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville Sound recordings of the same era.
By the 1970s, Haggard was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. In 1997, Merle Haggard was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame for his song “Okie from Muskogee
For More information
The Bakersfield Sound”(C) Russell Michael California City Studios Inc. http://www.californiacitystudios.com Russell@californiacitysdtudios.com toll free at 866-966FILM (3456) Cell# 213-820-2477
California City Studios Inc
Tuned in just in time to hear about the cat suit–I can picture it!
Would love some Justin Townes Earle. Saw that young man here in Madison a few weeks ago–he has got the stuff!
Thanks for the spin. Great set list. Keep up the great work and hopefully keep spinning me as well! Oh and the “suit” at my label says to please make sure we credit for the spin on the AMA Chart for KWMR.
Dear Mike and Amanda,
Hope you all have a chance to listen to “Where’s Bob?”, the new Nearly Beloved CD, Jimo left a copy for you at the station. Erik Pearson and I are playing at Nick’s Cove this Tuesday if you all want to come out! Thanks,
Here’s our website if you want to check us out! Thanks for playing such great music!
“Smoke along the Tracks”–I heard the tail end of a fantastic version by Dwight Yoakam. Can you find & play that for us?
Love to hear B-town’s own Soulajar’s latest country-rock single, “Love’s a Funny Thing” on the next Bakersfield & Beyond show!
I’d love to hear Homer Joy’s “I’m Just Going Home.” He’s gone home now, walking the golden streets with Buck Owens. But we sure do miss him here on earth.
I’d like to request some Ian Jones please.
How about one from Hayes Carll, “I’m grateful for Christmas this year”.
How about John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison”?
Todd and Janie
OK. One more. Mary Gauthier’s “Christmas in Paradise”
Todd, Janie and the pets
Since you are playing vinyl, how about something from Emmy Lou Harris’s Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town.
Todd & Janie
Slim the Drifter lived here in Bakersfield. He lived hard and fast, but he had a big heart.
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Thanks for that, Matt. From punk to roots music. Sounds like the path some others have taken.
I know that you have played Sal Sage music on your show from time to time. I am having the damnedest time finding his music anywhere.
My father is a country musician who has recently moved to Sal Sage’s old farm in Penngrove. I would love to get him a Sal Sage album as a gift. I was wondering if you had any suggestions. Thank you!
Thanks for the message, Dakota. I don’t recall where we got his CD, but this is the contact information on the CD.
1060 Kilaga Springs Road
Lincoln, CA 95648
Thank you so much!
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