The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2: 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from

The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2: 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from "Nashville West

CD(German Import)


The companion volume to The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 naturally digs deeper into the same territory chronicled on the initial disc -- namely, it presents all the wild, woolly Western swing, country boogie, rockabilly bop, and jumping honky tonk that surfaced after Ferlin Husky brought Hillbilly Barton's "A Dear John Letter" to the Music City and thereby helped establish Bakersfield, California as the Western Nashville. Unlike Vol. 1, Husky himself is present on The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2, kicking off the proceedings with "I Feel Better All Over," but neither he nor Buck Owens -- who once again is present as Corky Jones, singing the spooky, cavernous Elvis knockoff "Rhythm and Booze" -- anchor this CD. Neither of these collections showcase the familiar Bakersfield sound or its architects but rather the singers, guitar pickers, and rockabilly cats who were knocking out an electrified country boogie in hopes of striking it big. In the process, they wound up creating the twangy train-track sound that was Bakersfield, but the 31 tracks here are a raucous, ragged collection of novelties, dance tunes, rockabilly swing, and R&B rhythms, records that find the 20th century coming into focus. Where Vol. 1 often showed the town's musicians paying dues to jump blues, the songs on Vol. 2 are unabashedly modern: they're heavily electrified and echoed, jumping songs about teenagers, carhops, payphones, outer space, wild girls, and late nights spent rocking & rolling. Unlike its cousin, The Other Side of Bakersfield, Vol. 2 feels very much rooted in the Atomic Age, filled with space-age sounds and sock hops, with nearly all the songs approximating either the frenzied beat of rockabilly or a rock & roll slow dance; in other words, there are no barroom weepers or fiddles, nothing that resembles the cool, lean honky tonk of the earliest hits from Buck Owens. This is indeed part of the forgotten era in Bakersfield. For a brief moment, the town was overrun with rockabilly cats and country grifters trying to strike it rich yesterday and this dynamite compilation collects all of those oddballs, making for a vital piece of popular music history.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2014
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102173530
catalogNumber: 2538770

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Composer
Cousin Herb Henson   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Red Simpson   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Bill Woods   Composer
Johnny Cuviello   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Terry Fell   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Glen MacArthur   Composer
Woody Murray   Composer
Deke Dickerson   Illustrations
Billy Mize   Composer
Cliff Crofford   Composer
Chris Christensen   Composer
Diethold Leu   Illustrations
Hans Peter Zdrenka   Illustrations
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Bobby Adamson   Composer
Bo Berglind   Illustrations
Charles Beam   Composer
George Weston   Composer
Ed James   Composer
Bill Bryan   Composer
Jody Keplinger   Composer
Jewel Brawley   Composer
Carl Moore   Composer
Bob Ehret   Composer
Damon Robertson   Composer
Hendrix   Composer
Lynn Billingsley   Composer
Roy Aldridge   Composer
Leon Smith   Composer
Larry Bryant   Composer
Ken Rogers   Composer
Abe Mulkey   Composer
Wally Lewis   Composer
Billy Barton   Composer
Cathy Sharpe   Composer
Lawton Jiles   Composer
Scott B. Bomar   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Dusty Payne   Composer
Grover Cleveland   Composer
J.R. LaRue   Composer
Lucky Whybark   Composer
Arson Billingsley   Composer
Carolyn Caulkins   Illustrations

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