The Bakersfield Sound

The Bakersfield Sound

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The aesthetic known as the Bakersfield Sound transformed country music, its hard edge a stark contrast to Nashvillea€™s stringed orchestras. It turned displaced Okies like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard into household names, and in the process created a widely felt influence on style, instrumentation, and attitude in American music. Even so, a half century after its emergence, the Bakersfield Sounda€™s significance is underappreciated except among hardcore fans and music historians. Few recognize how this California country music not only countered a Nashville hit-seeking machine that had gone adrift but also portended a cultural shift that touched mainstream America. In this study, author Robert E. Price traces its roots from the depths of the Great Depression and World War II through the heyday of Owens, Haggard, and Hee Haw, and into the twenty-first century.Robert E. Price. By 1952, a single threemile stretch of Union Avenue had twentythree motels, twentynine restaurants, and fortyfour gas stations or automotive repair shops, along with dozens of other businesses. ... their prospects dashed by this progress, financed the construction of two huge fortyninefoottall signs along the new freeway that beckoned motorists with the cheery rhyme a€œsun, fun, stay, play.

Title:The Bakersfield Sound
Author: Robert E. Price
Publisher:iUniverse - 2015-11-20

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