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Bakersfield was the first genre of country music to rely heavily on electric instrumentation, as well as a defined backbeat -- in other words, it was the first to be significantly influenced by rock & roll. Named after the town of Bakersfield, California, where a great majority of the artists performed, the sound was pioneered by Wynn Stewart and popularized by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Using telecaster guitars, the singers developed a clean, ringing sound that stood in direct opposition to the produced, string-laden Nashville sound. The Bakersfield sound became one of the most popular -- and arguably the most influential -- country genres of the '60s, setting the stage for country-rock and outlaw, as well as reviving the spirit of honky tonk.

Bakersfield Sound Artists Highlights

Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam
Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard
Buck Owens & His Buckaroos
Buck Owens & His Buckaroos

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Bakersfield Sound Album Highlights

21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection
Buck Owens
21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate ...
Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard
Hag: The Best of Merle ...
The Quintessential Hank Thompson 1948-1979
Hank Thompson
The Quintessential Hank ...
RCA Country Legends
Jerry Reed
RCA Country Legends
The Lonesome Fugitive: The Merle Haggard Anthology (1963-1977)
Merle Haggard
The Lonesome Fugitive: The ...
40 #1 Hits
Merle Haggard
40 #1 Hits

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Bakersfield Sound Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
I've Got a Tiger by the Tail Buck Owens
The Bottle Let Me Down Merle Haggard
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) Jerry Reed
Swinging Doors Merle Haggard
Act Naturally Buckeroos / Buck Owens
Honky Tonk Man Dwight Yoakam
Big, Big Love Wynn Stewart
Wake Up, Irene Hank Thompson
Someday We'll Look Back Merle Haggard / Merle Haggard & the Strangers
Where Does the Good Times Go Buck Owens

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