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Encyclopedia > Bakersfield sound

The Bakersfield sound was a genre of country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California, at bars such as The Blackboard. The town, known mainly for agriculture and oil production, was the destination for many Dust Bowl migrants and others from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and other parts of the Southwest. The mass migration of "Okies" to California also meant that their music would follow and thrive, finding an audience in California's Central Valley. One of the first groups to make it big on the west coast was the Maddox Brothers and Rose, who were the first to wear outlandish costumes and make a "show" out of their performances. Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... In popular music, Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music that began to develop rapidly [1] in the... // Events and trends This map shows two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1959. ... City nickname:Californias Country Music Capital County Kern County, California Area  - Total  - Water 296. ... Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas The Dust Bowl was a series of dust storms in the central United States and Canada, caused by a massive drought and decades of poor farming techniques. ... The California Central Valley The California Central Valley dominates the central portion of the state of California. ... The Maddox Brothers and Rose was a country music band which was based in California from the 1930s to the 1950s. ...


Bakersfield country really hit its stride as a reaction against the slick, string-laden Nashville sound, which was becoming popular in the late 1950s Artists like Wynn Stewart used electric instrumentation and added a backbeat, as well as other stylistic elements borrowed from rock and roll. In the early 1960s, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, among others, brought the Bakersfield sound to mainstream audiences, and it soon became one of the most popular kinds of country music, also influencing later country stars such as Dwight Yoakam and Gary Allen. The Nashville sound in country music arose during the 1950s in the United States. ... // Events and trends This map shows two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1959. ... Winford Lindsey Stewart (born June 7, 1934 in Morrisville, Missouri, died July 17, 1985 in Hendersonville, Tennessee) was an American country music performer. ... Backbeat can mean one of two things: Backbeat or Back beat is a style of rock music percussion Backbeat is a 1994 bio-pic of the early career of The Beatles, starring Stephen Dorff, Sheryl Lee, and Ian Hart Categories: Disambiguation ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Merle Haggard Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California) is an American country music singer, guitarist, and songwriter. ... Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in a 1960s-era promotional postcard Alvis Edgar Buck Owens, Jr. ... Dwight Yoakam at the unveiling of his Hollywood star. ...


External links

  • Echoes of Bakersfield, an informational archive site.
  • Americana Music News, Reviews, Interviews and Podcast Shows
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Bakersfield sound - Bluegrass - Close harmony - Country blues - Honky tonk - Jug band - Lubbock sound - Nashville sound - New Traditionalists - Outlaw country - Australian country music
Alternative country - Country pop - Country rock - Psychobilly - Deathcountry - Rockabilly - Country-rap
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Appalachian | Blues (Ragtime) | Cajun and Creole (Zydeco) | Country (Honky tonk and Bluegrass) | Jazz | Native American | Spirituals and Gospel | Tejano

 
 

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