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What is Bakersfield Sound Music

The Bakersfield Sound originated in Bakersfield, California, during the mid to late 1950’s. That’s great isn’t it, I mean, how many places do you know which got their very own music named after them? Mind you, let’s be honest, there are not that many individual places which developed such a distinctive musical genre. The Bakersfield Sound was a backlash reaction against the commercial sound which quickly engulfed Nashville, with their slick string orchestral sounds. It developed largely in the honky tonk bars of Bakersfield as well as the local TV stations, quickly becoming synonymous with Bakersfield and California. It actually had such an influence on this town previously known only for agriculture and oil production, that by the 1960’s many smaller guitar companies began to set up shop in the high street, making it a real hub of musical activity.

Representative Bakersfield Sound Musicians

The Bakersfield Sound was largely attributed to early pioneers of the music, such as Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, the Strangers and Merle Haggard, although the love of the music was firmly established and many other artists carried on the Bakersfield Sound throughout the 1960’s and into the 70’s, bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers, then The Desert Rose Band, and even into the 1980’s and 90’s with The Mavericks and Red Simpson, among many others.

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