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#18: Bakersfield & The Central Valley
"California Cottonfields" by Merle Haggard

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Much has been written about the great depression and the Grapes Of Wrath migration to California's Central Valley. The war finally put everyone to work, and by the '50s & '60s country musicians were entertaining in honky-tonks up and down Highway 99. There was a hard edged purity to their sound which was distinctly different from the L.A. scene just over the Grapevine. Capitol Records signed many of the artists to recording contracts and Bakersfield artists soon made up the bulk of their country music roster. I picked one album per artist that was either recorded in or by a Bakersfield star.


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Herb Henson
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Lewis Tally & The Whackers
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Bill Woods
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Joe Maphis
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Truitt Cunningham
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Various - Bakersfield's Big Guitars
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Semie Moseley (Mosrite Guitars)
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James Burton & Ralph Mooney
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Dave Stogner
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Maddox Brothers & Rose
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Don Rich
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Jean Shepard
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Tommy Collins
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Red Simpson
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Buck Owens
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Tony Booth
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Dallas Frazier
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Tom Brumley
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Bonnie Owens
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Merle Haggard
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Bobby Austin
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Kay Adams
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Toppa label compilation
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Mosrite compilation featuring Barbara Mandrell





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