In which we compare midcentury Bakersfield to Paris in the 1920s, discuss how to build a music scene, and hear a song sung by a truck.
* Official ERER007 youtube playlist!
* Robert's book: buy it or library it
* The majestic Bakersfield Sound box set that came out recently on Bear Family records
* The Robert Sonkin collection of field recordings in the Library of Congress
* A whole dang podcast episode (from the excellent Citations Needed) on the intentional right-wingification of country music
* There's no book about Lesley Riddle - yet - but here's a little more about him, and here.
* Beyonce is country: here's the proof.
* This is that David Allan Coe song - co-written by John Prine, although he apparently refused credit. (For the record, though, this is actually the countriest country song that ever countried, although Coe is solidly in the top ten.)
* The excellent Cocaine and Rhinestones podcast (with Tyler Mahan Coe, son of David Allan) has several episodes relevant to Bakersfield.
* The Walking the Floor interview podcast (with Chris Shifflet, of the Foo Fighters) has several Bakersfield episodes including #1, with Red Simpson.
* The Japanese country music scene is a great youtube hole to splash around in, but the song we used on the show isn't on youtube (or quite plausibly has defeated my rudimentary Japanese-language search skills): JT Kanehira "Country Music Makes Me So Happy."
* Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield show on SiriusXM
* Whoa did a lot of books get read for this episode! Here's the long list at Bookshop.org. A few selected favorites:
- Rednecks, Queers and Country Music, by Nadine Hubbs. (buy it or library it) I also can't wait to read Hubbs' upcoming Country Mexicans, but for the episode I made do with a few magazine and journal articles, like George H. Lewis, “Ghosts, Ragged but Beautiful: Influences of Mexican Music on American Country-Western and Rock ‘N' Roll,” in Popular Music and Society from 1991. I think of myself as pretty jaded but some things can still shock me, such as the almost complete absence of any literature on the relationship between Mexican music and country music...? SMDH.
- John W. Troutman, Kīkā Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music - the Hawaiian influence on country music has been laying unheralded right there in plain sight for decades, in the form of the steel guitar. Super fascinating look at pop music at the very beginning of the recording era. (buy it or library it)
- Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow, by Karl Hagstrom Miller. If you're like me, you're pretty good at pegging whether something is folk or country, blues or jazz, R&B or country, based on some pretty damn slim distinctions. This book unpacks how all those category lines came about and you'll never feel easy in your mind about genre again (hooray!). (buy it or library it)
- Workin' Man Blues, Gerald Haslam - an intro to country music in California (library it or read it online)
- The Jazz of the Southwest: An Oral History of Western Swing, by Jean Ann Boyd. Just what it says on the cover! (buy it or or library it or read it online)
- Buck 'Em, Buck Owens - Buck is such a titan, he even wrote a posthumous autobiography. Entertaining AF. "One of the things I managed to do that nobody had ever done before in country music, or in any other style of music for that matter - and I'd put money on it never happening again - was to be the first artist to ever record a number one single without having a record deal." -Buck Owens (buy it or library it)
HEARD ON THE SHOW:
- George Rich, "Drivin' Away My Blues"
- Nathan Judd, "The Answer to the Greenback Dollar"
- Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, "Get Along Home, Cindy"
- Captain Sacto theme song
- Cousin Herb Henson, "You'all Come"
- Patsy Cline, "Crazy"
- Buck Owens and the Buckaroos' number one hits:
- "Act Naturally"
- "Love's Gonna Live Here"
- "My Heart Skips a Beat"
- "Together Again"
- "I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)"
- "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail"
- "Before You Go"
- "Only You (Can Break My Heart)"
- "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line"
- "Think of Me"
- "Open Up Your Heart"
- "Where Does the Good Times Go"
- "Sam's Place"
- "Your Tender Loving Care"
- "It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me)"
- "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone"
- Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail"
- The Carter Family and Lesley Riddle:
- The Carter Family, "Can the Circle Be Unbroken"
- William McEwan, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
- The Silver Leaf Quartette, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
- The Carter Family, "Little Darlin' Pal of Mine"
- The Carter Family, "Sad and Lonesome Day"
- Lesley Riddle, "One Kind Favor"
- Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, "Ain't It Amazing, Gracie"
- The Ventures, "Walk, Don't Run"
- The Lemon Pipers, "Green Tambourine"
- The Maddoxes and clothes:
- The Maddox Brothers and Rose, "George's Playhouse"
- The Maddox Brothers and Rose, "The Nightingale Song"
- The Maddox Brothers and Rose, "I'll Make Sweet Love to You"
- The Maddox Brothers and Rose, "Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown"
- The Maddox Brothers and Rose, "New Step It Up and Go"
- The Maddox Brothers and Rose, "Philadelphia Lawyer"
- Western swing:
- Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, "Sugar Moon"
- Bud Hobbs, "Louisiana Swing"
- Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, "Takin' Off"
- Lefty Frizzell, "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time"
- Bill Woods and His Orange Blossom Playboys, "Have I Got a Chance With You?"
- Jean Shepherd and Ferlin Husky, "A Dear John Letter"
- Ferlin Husky, "Gone"
- Merle Haggard, "Sing a Sad Song"
- Merle Haggard, "Swinging Doors"
- Bonnie Owens, "Lie a Little"
- Merle Haggard, "Today I Started Loving You Again"
- Segregating sound:
- Mamie Smith "Crazy Blues"
- Saul Ho'opi'i Trio, "Lehua"
- Jimmie Rodgers, "Blue Yodel #9"
- DeFord Bailey, "John Henry"
- Ruth Brown, "Wild Wild Young Men"
- Rose Maddox, "Wild Wild Young Men"
- Hank Penny, "Bloodshot Eyes"
- Wynonie Harris, "Bloodshot Eyes"
- Patsy Cline, "Your Cheatin' Heart"
- Ray Charles, "Your Cheatin' Heart"
- Buck Owens, "Streets of Bakersfield"
- Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens, "Streets of Bakersfield"
- Mexican music and country music:
- Antonio Aguilar, "El Ojo de Vidrio"
- Woody Guthrie, "Billy the Kid"
- Linda Ronstadt, "Palomita de Ojos Negros"
- Ernest Tubb, "Thanks a Lot"
- José Alfredo Jiménez, "El Rey"
- The Maddox Brothers and Rose, "Shimmy Shakin' Daddy"
- Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age"
- Luis Pérez Meza, "Cuando Salgo a Los Campos"
- Buckingham Lining Bar Gang work songs
- Tommy Collins, "You Better Not Do That"
- Wanda Jackson, "I Gotta Know"
- Wanda Jackson, "Honey Bop"
- Billy Mize, "Who Will Buy the Wine"
- Red Simpson, "I'm a Truck"
- New Bakersfield:
- The Derailers, "The Right Place"
- Dale Watson, "I Lie When I Drink"
- Dave Alvin, "Black Rose of Texas"
- The Mavericks, "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down"
- The Flying Burrito Brothers, "Sin City"
- Sturgill Simpson, "Life of Sin"
- JT Kanehira, "Country Music Makes Me So Happy"
- Murder ballads:
- Albion Country Band, "Hanged I Shall Be"
- A.L. Lloyd, "The Oxford Tragedy"
- Shirley and Dolly Collins, "The Oxford Girl"
- Phoebe Smith "Wexport Girl"
- Harry Cox, "Ekefield Town"
- Marybird McAllister, "The Bloody Miller"
- Fields Ward, "The Lexington Murder"
- Arthur and Gid Tanner, "The Knoxville Girl"
- Fred Ross, "The Waco Girl"
- The Outlaws, "Knoxville Girl"
- Merle Haggard, "Kern River"
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