Announcement From the Ambassador
I am pleased to inform you this website has become very popular and is read by thousands of fans all over the world. Initially in 1998 when, with Bob Timmers help, we conceived this idea to create a website devoted to the Bakersfield Sound I wanted eventually to expand and to, expose to the world, all the talent in Bakersfield and California and taking a giant leap forward ... talent from all over the world.
Well I grew up in and around Bakersfield and many talented musicians
of all genres of music including country, blues, rock, gothic rock(KORN)
still reside there (The New Generation) and perform in and all over California. I receive e-mails all over the world who love our California Sound.
So we shall be showcasing what we feel as exceptional talent all forms of music on this website from all over the world. Mix it up a bit so to say.Hope you enjoy the variety.
Glenn J. Pogatchnik
Merle Haggard dead at age 79|
Red Simpson RIP
I want to tell about the way things were in the Bakersfield, Ca
area, just the way it was, as I experienced it.
"Pickin in the San Joaquin";
Fall of 1957 thru the Fall of 1961
The San Joaquin valley extends from Bakersfield, on up North, past Fresno, Ranchers there grow everything from two full crops of Egyptian Cotton, with Peanuts as a cover crop.
Lots of oranges, lettuce, grapes, lemons and Walnuts. Just about everything grows there if you can get the water on it. They employed a great number of migrant workers, so now we get the two different kinds of "Pickers".
CottonÊ Pickers, and Guitar Pickers.
I arrived here in the Valley of the San Joaquin in the fall of 1957 withÊmy wife and four little kids. I had planned on going to College at Porterville under my Korean GI Bill, but coming from an industrial environment, I was not prepared for what lay ahead.
I did though, have my first pedal steel guitar, a Multichord. Not too many other steel pickers had pedals. I soon found that playing the local clubs, was a "means" of holding things together.
I played around Porterville, then up around Delano, then around Bakersfield. You could always find a singer, and a guitar player that was looking for a steel player so the Pedal sound did help. Note that there are no Bass men or Drummers in these small local clubs, just the singers and Pickers.
I ran into a singer named Custer Bottoms. He owned a gas station in Delano. He and I and lead guitar picker named Jack Collier formed a team. We gotÊto work in and around Delano, Bakersfield and places like the Tule River Gardens, and Ferlin Husky`s old hang-out, the Lucky Spot,
Here we found Fuzzy Owen, and Little Roy Nichols, just the two them.
Down at the 99 Club, Bonnie Owens used to sit in with us.
So we thought we ought to make a record.
We recorded two sides, featuring Custer on one side, Jerry and Jack on the other. This record was producedÊat an "Outlaw "studio in Gene Breedens' garage.
Gene and a fellow steel picker, Norman Hamlet, built and operated this Studio. Gene now hasÊhis successfulÊstudio in Nashville, Norm was very well known as a picker. We did a lot of wood shedding together. He liked the sound of my Multichord, and he was on a Bigsby three neck. So was Larry Petree, as I recall.
Norman was teaching a 14 year old girl named Barbara Mandrell to play steel guitar, and having done that, her daddy wanted her to learn the Saxophone next. They wanted to sell her Fender S-8 with 6 pedals on it, to get the money for the Sax. Norman told me about it, so I bought it.
After that, our band had joined the Bakersfield Musicians Union, thanks to Billy Mize, and Cousin Herb Henson.
We also had a Manager, Paul Hennit. Paul was a number one disc jockey at KGEN radio in Tulare. He also worked for a soda pop beverage Co. and traveled all around the San Joaquin.
The boys in Bakersfield were friendly enough, but not willing to let anyone sit in regularly. All this led up to our band getting the "Sit Down" job, at the Fresno Barn. It was 100 miles up there to the "Barn", and we only played on Saturday Nights. But they paid the best. ÊEvery other week they
had guest stars, and we got to work with them, most of the time just the singer with one other person.
We had the Barn to ourselves the odd week. First up was Pee Wee King, and Red Stewart. Yes we did Tennessee Waltz, and Slow-Poke. By now we were a Fiddle, Drummer, and up-right bass, along with Custer Bottoms, Jerry and Jack. Next we hadÊWynn Stewart and Bobby Austin.
Then came Buck Owens. Our first time around with Buck went just fine. As time went on he liked the Barn better than Bakersfield. It paid better, and he had a "built in band" . We just went on playing with Buck, or in his absence, other Grand Ole Opry stars. Buck was having to leave some, as Capitol was really building up his fan base.
Well this is the basic story. If anyone needs to hear more, I have things like Disk Jockey stories, Singers, and Pickers to tell you
about, Oh yes, That Old Fender 400 is still in my garage. Maybe Barbara would like to have it back!
Jerry Hendrix, Manistee Michigan
Review of Vince Gill's "Bakersfield" album
The music itself is timeless, but this presentation leaves a lot to be desired. While I do appreciate the effort, Vince Gill's singing just doesn't fit the genre of "The Bakersfield Sound". The true sound is that of a thick smoke filled voice and biting telecasters, not the slick Nashville sound that is represented here. I have always been somewhat dubious of Paul Franklin's abilities and this reinforces my feeling that he is a journeyman at best and not the "master" that everyone tags him. The mix has Paul so far in the background that he is often lost under the bass and drums. Yes, he is probably the most recorded steel guitar player in Nashville and there are reasons for that that are best omitted. Vince seems to be more proud of the fact that he plays various high dollar guitars throughout this album, which I am sure are provided to him at no cost through endorsements. I have been involved with and around country music for more that 40 years so I feel like I have the credentials to use. While others may differ, suffice to say that I personally wouldn't buy this CD again.
Induct Wynn Stewart Into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Bob Wills Triple B Ranch House
ANNOUNCING MERLE HAGGARD TO PLAY AT "RAISE THE ROOF, FOR THE KING OF WESTERN SWING"
with Special Guests
and Bob Wills Tribute by The Stardust Cowboys
Proceeds go toward Bob Wills Heritage Foundation and restoration of Bob Wills Triple B Ranch House to become a museum of Western Swing featuring the life, music and influence of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.
SATURDAY MAY 31, 2014
6:00PM (GATES OPEN AT 5:30)
WOODWARD PARK ROTARY AMPHITHEATER
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Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Tell Stories About 'Bakersfield'
Red Simpson featured
Merle Haggard Live 45th Anniversary "Okie From Muskogee" To Be Released
Help Save Hag's Boxcar
Citizens Preserving History
Benefit for Dennis Payne
For Merle Haggard, a Boxcar Was Home. Now It Needs Work
Left to Right. Cynthia Lake and sisters Glenda Rankin and Diane Sharman visited Glenn Pogatchnik recently in Los Osos, Calif. Glenda and Diane formed an organization called Citizens Preserving History and are spearheading a movement with Cynthia to save and move Merle Haggard's childhood boxcar home in Oildale, CA to Pioneer Village on the grounds of the Kern County Museum located in Bakersfield, CA .These ladies are passionate about preserving Bakersfield's musical past,and are pictured here holding a painting of the old Bob's Lucky Spot nightclub, where Merle,and a virtual Who's Who in the Bakersfield Sound once played. Donations can be sent to: citizenspreservinghistory.com (Pay Pal) OR Send Directly To: Citizens Preserving History, PO Box 36, Caliente CA. 93518. Checks can be made out to....Citizens Preserving History
Save Hag's Boxcar
Haggard tops list of country's banned tunes
6th Annual Roadshow Revival
A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash celebrates the life and times of the "Man in Black" in the town he lived in. Featuring top-notch Rockabilly, Outlaw Country, Johnny Cash tribute acts, a Johnny Cash Memorabilia Gallery, Pin-Up Girl Pageant, custom cars and bikes, VIP Lounge, beer, food, drinks, Kid's Corral, and tons of vendors with unique offerings for everyone. Previous acts include, Wanda Jackson, X, the Blasters, Carlene Carter, Robert Gordon, Lee Rocker, Slim Jim Phantom, Tim Polecat, Jr. Brown, Levi Rocker, Chris Shiflett, and Kris Kristofferson.
Roadshow Revival, LLC
Partnership Marketing Manager
Merle Haggard and Ricky Skaggs Round Out 2014 MerleFest Lineup
Help Dennis Payne: Bakersfield's Native Son
Book: "The Birth of the Bakersfield Sound"
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard Working on Album
Buck Owens Slams 'Hee Haw' in New Book
Cracker Barrel releases deluxe edition of CD
Buckaroos' Jim Shaw still with the band
Merle Haggard Calls Ray Price 'The First Outlaw'
Ray Price R.I.P.
Graceland expansion could approach $130 million
Buck Owens from beyond the grave
Buck Owens & The Buckaroos to be celebrated at Country Music Hall of Fame
Hank Williams, Jr. & Merle Haggard team up for a country classic
'Merle Haggard: The Running Kind' is a portrait of a mercurial genius
Merle Haggard maintains U.S. tour well into 2014
Auto-Buck-ography: Life story told, and what a life it was
"Bakersfield haters can love it or leave it"
Buck Owens' autobiography, "Buck 'Em!"
Suzy Bogguss To Release Merle Haggard Tribute Album
Museum accepts Haggard's boyhood home - with conditions
Review: Gill brings 'Bakersfield' to Bakersfield
Haggard's sister tells story of family's arrival in Oildale
Country Music Hall of Fame's "Bakersfield" Exhibit Extended Through 2014
Master Musicians Pay Tribute to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard
Buck, Buckeroos, Merle
Billy Mize Movie: The holy grail of Haggard lore?
Merle Haggard Remembers George Jones
Lawmaker Honors Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard doesn't call himself an 'Old Fart'
Merle Haggard and Buck Owens to Be Honored by CSU Bakersfield
Never-before heard music from Bakersfield's Buck Owens coming soon
Music Review: Merle Haggard - The Complete '60s Capitol Singles
Book Review: My House of Memories: For the Record
Wanda Jackson, Merle Haggard and George Jones Compilations Coming
Stroke impairs hand of Merle's former pianist
Merle Haggard's 'Troubadour' Days Find Home in New Box Set
Women of the Bakersfield Sound Take Center Stage at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Buck Owens' 1963 recording of "Act Naturally", is among the latest inductees in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In an announcement Wednesday (Nov. 21), the Recording Academy announced 27 new Hall of Fame additions in a variety of musical genres.
Buck Owens, Don Rich Albums Due in January
"Peasant in a Paper Suit"
Bakersfield is filled with characters working to spin gold from oil, agriculture, music, and each other, but only one was the Pied Piper, a boxing and wrestling promoter ...READ MORE
Buck Owens, Don Rich albums illustrate development of Bakersfield Sound
The Original Bakersfield Sign On Union Ave. Before It Was Dismantled and Moved to Buck Owens Crystal Palace. Glenn took this picture on a very hot summer day in 1985.
Picture sent from William Malouf, son of Herb Malouf, that owned Chet's Club next to the iconic Lucky Spot on Edison Hwy in East Bakersfield. Picture circa 1985.
What a rare gem of a picture. Photo courtesy Beverly Malouf-Byrd. Enjoy folks....GJP
Eddie Stubbs Interviews Merle Haggard
Letter to the Country Music Hall of Fame
Bakersfield's master guitar maker dies at 75
Hundreds pack Buck Owens' Crystal Palace to remember Homer Joy
Homer Joy R.I.P.
Merle at Rainbow Gardens (page)
Tom Brumley Equipment For Sale
Photos of Merle
Loretta Lynn talks possible collaborations with Merle, others
New Site for the Study of the Bakersfield Sound
PHOTOS of Trout's
"Blackboard Stages" room
George Jones gears up for final road tour
Merle Haggard is one of us - that's his beauty
We Did It! Billy Mize & The Bakersfield Sound
Jamey Johnson's Tribute to Hank Cochran Due Oct. 16
Dwight Yoakam to release '3 Pears on Sept. 18
"Honky Tonk Man" Dwight Yoakam is Austin's newest honorary citizen
Buck Owens Box Set Uncovers 'Buried' Treasures
EyeStep installed at Country Music Hall of Fame
New Buck Owens Book
Merle Tells It Like It Is
Merle Haggard extends legacy with new record
Kern River Rock N Blues Fest September 28-30
Billy Mize on FaceBook
Nashville bound! You've heard the Bakersfield Sound - now you can see it
Merle Haggard On Still Touring At 75
Merle feared health battle was return of cancer
Catching up with Red Simpson, the Bard of Bakersfield
See Our Archived
Note: Not all videos are Bakersfield related
Iris DeMent - Our town - northern exposure soundtrack
Leonard by Haggard. Tribute to Tommy Collins
This is one of my favorite songs by Merle because it makes me think about how hard my mother Mary Lou's
younger childhood in Vera, Oklahoma was... where her drunkard father"Blackie" an oilfield worker used to beat her when he got home. Most of the time Blackie abandoned the family and sometimes my grandmother Vivian, during the Great Depression, could not provide enough. GJP
I Wish I Could See Bakersfield A tribute to Tommy Collins featuring Craig Morgan with Merle Haggard
Video:Paul Thorn,"It's a Great Day to Whup Somebody's Ass"
Video: Knife Fight at Pumpkin Center
Video: Jake Shimabukuro - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Video: Mark Thornton - Jerry's Breakdown
Redd Volkaert's buddy Mark Thornton. Man these cats are smokin'. GJP
Redd Volkaert, Stumbling
Redd Volkaert. Jaw dropping guitarist. One of my favorites. Played lead in Merle's band for years. GJP
Red Kilby, The Bakersfield Sound
Our "That Bakersfield Sound" theme song by Red Kilby, Ralph Mooney and Redd Volkaert
Video: Mike Headrick & Ralph Mooney (Pedal Steel) - Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
Glenn played this for Merle at his home and he was a shuckin'
and a smilin' to his ol' compadre Mr. Ralph Mooney and Mr. Mike Headrick.
Ralph Mooney " Crazy Arms"
Video: Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
Mr. Mark Yeary. Producer/piano for Merle Haggard's band for over 22-yrs. Along with Brian Lonbeck one of Bakersfield's present day premier guitarists.
Video: Sweet Georgia Brown, Jimmy Thomason
Jimmy Thomason a fine country sanger and excellent fiddle player. Had his own daily TV Show on KERO TV in Bakersfield in the 70's
Video: Jimmy's Blues, Jimmy Thomason
Video: Third Rate Romance
One of Bakersfield's best. Randy Emmett and The Sideshow Band
Video: Someday when things are good Leona
Video: Brent Mason - Super Live Nashville, TN - Mosrite Guitar 60th Anniversary
Video: Gene Moles, Fingerlickin'
Video: Gene Moles, Snuff Dippin Baby
Video: Joe Maphis / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud Loud Music)
This song Joe and Rose wrote about our beloved Blackboard Club in Bakersfield
Video: Bonnie Owens & "Fuzzy" Owen - A Dear John Letter (Original, Early 1953)
Video: Bonnie Owens - I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
Video: Bonnie Owens - Medals For Mother
Video: Merle Haggard, Garbage
This is for all the hardworkin' garbage men in America by one of the hardest workin' men in show business, Mr. Merle Haggard. By the way that is Merle's lovely wife Theresa at the end of the song. Ain't she sweet. GJP
Video: Bonnie Owens, Philadelphia Lawyer
Video: Rose Maddox, Philadelphia Lawyer
Video: West Coast Playboys (Throw a Little Wood On the Fire)
Video: Bud Hobbs - Mean, Mean, Mean
Video: Bud Hobbs: Western Singer, Guitarist, MGM Recording Artist: Tears From A Silver Haired Lady
Del and Sue Smart, singing country favorites, Side One, 15 min.
Video: Susan Raye, LA International Airport
Bonnie Owens, Waggin' Tongues
Tommy Collins "You Better Not Do That" Buck Owens Ranch Show 1966
Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky, Dear John Letter
Video: Make It Rain, Billy Mize
Lyle Lovett: Natural Forces on Spectacle - YouTube.
This is one of my favorite songs. Lyle Lovett a great American Songwriter ... GJP
Glenn J. Pogatchnik says: "Here's a picture that Alan sent my mother Mary Lou and I. As you can see Alan signed the autograph as well as his band, The Strayhorns. I would like to thank Mr. Tom Rutledge, on the far right, for being instrumental in making this happen. Alan Jackson is a True Country Gentleman."
Will Merle Ever Play Trouts Nightclub
Everytime I visit Oildale the people there ask me "Glenn how come Merle won't perform at
Trouts Nightclub here in his hometown of Oildale?" My answer is always "You'd have to ask
him yourself." Somewhat perplexed they say "Well I thought you were friends with Merle"I thought I was too but I was under a false assumption we were. To be perfectly candid the only reason I got close to Merle was my friendship with Sonny Langley, one of Merle's dearest friends. I just tagged along with Sonny and now looking back after a series of events I believe Merle just tolerated my presence.
On February 13, 2008 Merle and I parted ways after an event between the two of us I considered unsavory. Merle knows what happened and I know what happened but that is best kept between him and I.
Oildale as many cities is suffering thru this financial crisis. Times are hard. I lived and worked in Oildale for eight years so in my opinion that qualifies me to know the hearts and minds of the citizens of Oildale .Like me most of them are hard working Oakies from humble roots. We love our Country Music and are proud of Buck and Merle making Oildale and Bakersfield a household name. All I can tell Merle is Trouts has a new Blackboard Stage that will adequately support himself and the band. It has a fine sound system and qualified security guards. Two of Merle's band members Norm Hamlet and Don Markham even hang out there when not on tour with Merle. Will Merle Ever Play Trouts Nightclub in his hometown of Oildale and give the Oildale citizens a boost of pride when they most desperately need a boost? Oh how proud they would be if their native son would come and entertain them at the last great true honkytonk in Bakersfield. Will Merle Ever Play Trouts Nightclub In Oildale. You'd have to ask him yourself ... Glenn J. Pogatchnik
Heather Myle's Autographed Guitar $335.00 (includes shipping and handling). If interested contact:Glenn at GlennJPogatchnik@aol.com
Mexican Tele w/Hardshell Case. Signed twice by Merle Haggard and once by Buck Owens and Alan Jackson
I recently found this Bill Woods record and wanted to share it.
It was released in October of 1961. - Scott Wikle
**Chris Martin Video
**Merle and Martin
**The Dick Boak story
**Dick Boak's Website
Ray Urquhart/Sonny Langley behind the bar of the club on the marina on Lake Shasta formerly owned by Merle Ronald Haggard.
Mildred Langley-Sonny Langley-Dana Haggard(Merle Haggard oldest daughter)
Merle Ronald Haggard-Sonny Langley
Merle-Theresa (Merles Wife)
Merle Ronald Haggard-Glenn J. Pogatchnik
Pictures taken 08/16/2004 on Merles bus parked behind Buck Owens Crystal Palace
Sonny Langley playing a customizedÊMartin 000-45
12 fret guitar that Martin made for Merle Haggard.
Estimated Retail List Price: $11,000
Lower picture: Left to Right
Sonny Langley-Doug Colosio (current piano player for Merle)-Merle Ronald Haggard
Sonny Langley-Kelly (Merle Haggard's Youngest Daughter by his first wife Leona Hobbs)
Merle Ronald Haggard-Sonny Langley
Rose Maddox-Sonny Langley-Shirley (who owned Shuddy's Nightclub and Motel complex. (It was huge) located on White Ln. and Hwy 99/ later demolished for a new national chain motel to be built on the vacant land.
1964 Christmas Seal CD For Sale
American Made Matters
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES FROM GOD?
Early Mandy Barnett
Official Website for Mandy
Terry Lee Goffee's Tribute To Johnny Cash
For Merle Haggard, a Boxcar Was Home. Now It Needs Work
On Mar 7, 2014 "The Ambassador of the Bakersfield Sound" Glenn J. Pogatchnik had the great pleasure of meeting and visiting with Merle Haggard's sister Lillian. "She was a delight. Such energy for a woman of 92 yrs. of age. She was very kind and gracious to me and told meÊsome great stories about her brother," Glenn commented.
Press Release: RUDY PARRIS
Warrior Records/UMGD Signs "The Voice" Contestant Rudy Parris
Los Angeles, (AP) - Rudy Parris, singer, songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and Team Blake member from season three of "The Voice," has been signed to Warrior Records/UMGD, a division of L.A. Entertainment, Inc., it was announced today by Jim Ervin, president/CEO of Warrior. Parris' debut album will be co-produced by him and Ervin in the historic Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood and will be available for release later this year.
Album Will Be Recorded in Historic Capitol Records Studios
"Rudy has the experience and control a lot of folks don't have; a shredder and a crooner,
he is basically the original model John Mayer." rollingstone.com
"He damn sure don't look country, but country's still in there, man." Blake Shelton
The Visalia, CA, native was greatly influenced by the Bakersfield sound due in part to an eight-year residency playing alongside Buck Owens at his Crystal Palace. Citing Merle Haggard and Owens as his greatest influences, Parris feels fortunate to have learned from the masters. "I learned from Buck that I just need to be me," Parris says. "Buck played his music, had fun, and joked around. He instilled in me that sense of freedom to be myself." Carrying the torch for the Bakersfield sound is important to Parris which is why he chose to record his debut album at the famed Capitol Records Studios. In the meantime, he stays busy as an in-demand live draw.
"As both a brilliant songwriter and performer, Rudy brings an amazing combination of talents to our company," says Warrior chief Jim Ervin. "I'm thrilled to welcome him to Warrior Records and look forward to creating great music together." At Warrior, Parris joins a diverse artist roster at a label that has released music from the likes of Bombastic Meatbats Featuring Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Eddie Money, Benny Mardones, Louis Prima, Jr., Steel Pulse, Troop and many others. Warrior is distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution.
Ronna Rubin/Rubin Media
Check out Rudy Parris of 'The Voice' Signs Record Deal
Mark Yeary's Official Facebook Page
This is a picture of the 45 I need.
It was recorded in November 1971 that was released on the "Let Me Tell You About A Song" lp so I presume the 45 came out in '72.
I have no idea what's on the flip side, I have always thought it was the same song on both sides. Thanks for your help! Scott Wikle - firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Lee Goffee fine Johnny Cash tribute artist
Bob Wills house for sale on eBay
Oscar Whittington R.I.P One of Bakersfield's leading architects of the Bakersfield Sound Oscar Whittington passed away 06/03/2013. Oscar's instrument was the fiddle and over many years since meeting Bill Woods in 1952 Oscar entertained many people who loved that Bakersfield Sound. You can read more about his many accomplishments at www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com R.I.P ol' compadre....GJP
Mayf Nutter in New Movie
5/4/2013 "I got the call this morning that your friend, Mayf Nutter, has been cast in the role of Terrence Thatcher in the upcoming feature film by veteran Director, producer, writer John Carl Buechler.
John created a character in a movie, which he wrote and directed in the 1980s, that he named Harry Potter.
His new script is a very intriguing adventure titled, WIZARDREAM.
It is moment-to-moment captivating emotion, action, and adventure that I believe will keep movie-goers talking for years to come.
Having set aside my career to keep the promise that my lovely wife, Lindsay , and I made together ... NOT to raise HOLLYWOOD KIDS, ....
this is my first movie now that our 3 wonderful children are now grown and out on their own, being happy and successful Christian young adults.
Thank you, Lord." Mayf - email@example.com
"Recently I was made aware of a jaw dropping multi genre guitarist in Nashville by the name of Johnny Hiland. Johnny performs live but enjoys the creative process of providing clients with his skills in the studio. Please take the time to view this video on how you as an artist can procure his services to give your recordings the edge that Johnny's unique guitar playing can provide for you. And while your at it watch some of Johnny's performances on Youtube and be prepared to be mesmerized by his talent as I was" ...Glenn J Pogatchnik
"The Night Buck Owens Almost Got Me Killed"
On March 3-10 Houston, TX recording artist Cowboy Allen Folse and his manager Jeanine Mahoney Burleigh traveled to California to visit "The Beloved Ambassador of the Bakersfield Sound" Glenn J. Pogatchnik. Cowboy Allen has signed with the booking agency www.titantalentand management.com based in California.The Ambassador showed Allen the sights of Bakersfield and the highlights of Cowboy's visit was performing on the stage at the world famous Trouts Nightclub in Oildale, CA. the hometown of Merle Haggard, a visit to Merle Haggard's boyhood home located at 1303 Yosemite, Oildale, CA and a personal meeting with Bakersfield's iconic Bard of Bakersfield Mr. Red Simpson who has written many hits for Merle and Buck. Cowboy Allen currently has three hit songs being played at www.ircountry.com. He recently performed for such luminaries as Mickey Gilley and Alan Jackson back in Houston, TX and his career looks very promising ... GJP
Titan Talent and Management
Born In The U.S.A.
For all you guitar players that dream of owning a vintage guitar but could not afford the price let me introduce you to a fella that can make your dreams come true. Mr. Kelton Swade based in Franklin, TN.Thru a series of events I was made aware of this man's gift to craft an exceptional instrument. If you simply log onto
www.keltonswade.com and watch the videos demonstrating the exquisite, stellar sounding, what Kelton denotes as AVR or Authentic Vintage Replicas, you will be astounded and like me to start saving my money to have Mr.Kelton Swade or as I like to call him "The Picasso of Guitars" build me one of those bad boys. For any of you that decide to purchase a guitar from Kelton please mention to him that you heard about his guitars on our website - www.thatbakersfieldsound.com - Glenn J. Pogatchnik
A young artist here in California by the name of Ryan Casey painted this two iconic night club the Lucky Spot which was located on Edison Highway in East Bakersfield. This club is very famous as Merle Haggard got his first start hired on as a lead guitarist by bandleader Johnny Barnett. Johnny asked Merle if he could take over one night and sing lead as Johnny was exhausted due to lack of sleep from the burden of three jobs. The rest is history.The Lucky Spot later caught fire and was torn down.
Ryan Casey's rendering of the outside sign of Trouts Nightclub in Oildale. Still standing Trouts is presently the last great Honky Tonk that emulates Honky Tonks of a bygone area.It is open seven days a week and is one of Bakersfield's iconic landmarks. It features live music on the Trouts stage with Red Simpson on Monday nights and on the Blackboard Stages Fri-Sat featuring the Trouts house band plus karaoke on the Trouts stage and an acoustic guitar songwriters performance room. Many other activities during the week. If you are intertested in either of these paintings Mr. Casey can paint either picture at a nominal cost. If interested e-mail
Glenn with his personal boxed set of Bob Wills 1947-1973.
Produced by Bear Family Records in Germany includes an exquisite book chock full of history and pictures of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Total of thirteen cd's and a bonus DVD of Bob and his band performing on the silver screen. Available at www.amazon.com for $370.00
Photo courtesy Barry Keen -
"This pic of Merle was taken from the middle of the huge auditorium (Calgary 1975)...I had a press flash made in Germany (BRAUN) with a 200mm Nikor lens...amazing when I think back just how powerful that sucker was."
Patty Loveless - You Don't Seem To Miss Me
"When The Oakie From Muskogee Came To Town".
Singer, Jack Clayton - Write, Don Stafford - firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn's autographed Fender Guitars
Billy Mize on Fender Electric Guitar - Larry Petree On Pedal Steel. Picture taken in Bakersfield, CA at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace ... GJP
HELLO FOLKS, I just received this hardcover autographed copy of Eileen Sisk's book, "BUCK OWENS: The Biography." This book is a must-have if you are a fan of The Bakersfield Sound. It is chock-full of Bakersfield Sound history. Eileen has a couple hundred of these books left and sells them for $28.00 (which includes sales tax, shipping and handling) and will personally autograph each book.These books on the Internet without autographs are selling for $40-$100.If you're interested in purchasing this fabulous book. e-mail GlennJPogatchnik@aol.com.
Bible of the Bakersfield Sound
Audio: This is a rare recording that Bill Woods let me record that Bill Woods and his mother made at at Kuzz radio when Kuzz radio was on Chester Avenue .. .GJP
Audio: Rockabilly song that Bill Woods sang and Buck played the lead guitar on. Bill told me they recorded Bill's garage using a two track Tandenburg tape recorder. ... GJP
Tommy Collins Photos
The Four Horsemen At Trouts 05/03/1998 Sunday ...Bill Woods-Billy Mize-Glenn J.Pogatchnik-Roy Nichols
Picture of Virgil Essex of Bedford, Indiana and Merle Haggard
REMEMBER OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN> whose diligence and commitment keep us safe and sound here in the good ol' U.S.A.Give to this cause if you can. They deserve your appreciation ... Glenn J. Pogatchnik
Buck's old house at 309 Panorama Drive on the bluffs in East Bakersfield overlooking the oilfields of Oildale.Tommy Collins told me he got the inspiration to write the song "High On a Hilltop" from the view on the bluffs overlooking the fine city of Oildale.
Entrance to Buck's Ranch on Zerker Road. Directions to Buck's Ranch. Leave Bakersfield going north on Hwy 99. Turn right on the overpass at Shafter Highway going East, turn left on Zerker Rd and Buck's ranch is approximately 3 miles on the right on Zerker Rd.
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The Farmer Boys, Bakersfield Hillbilly Bop -
Long Black Veil.
I requested and recorded Merle Haggard and Sonny Langley singing "Long Black Veil"recorded at Merle's living room 09/16/2005 - GJP
Jerusalem Ridge 2012
Noel Haggard: I'm Tired Of Being Something
Ben Haggard "Leavings Not The Only Way To Go"
Scott Wikle singing Lance Miller's hit song
The Morris Brothers - The First Family In Gospel Bluegrass Music
It's no secret that one of my favorite styles of music is Gospel Bluegrass. Herb and Homer Morris known as the Morris Brothers based in Marietta,Georgia are some of the best in that eloquent American style of music. Log onto www.morrisbrothersbluegrass.com and listen to numerous samples of their singing/harmony and expertise on many Bluegrass instruments and you'll be convinced as I that this is some good stuff. GJP
The Podunk Poets
Being bornt and raised in California it always brings a smile to my face
when I'm made aware of a young band based in California carrying on the
California Country Sound. Give these kids a listen. GJP
Bluegrass is one of my favorite genres of music and nobody does it better than Ronnie Reno on his show on RFD TV Network. GJP
Glenn and friends at Trouts
Michael Henson, (Cousin Herb Henson's son)
Merle talks Bakersfield
Our tribute to a true American Cowboy,
Bill Woods Discography (courtesy Dick Grant of London, England)
Bill Woods Tribute
Video: Merle Haggard & Marty Stuart - Farmer's Blues
Some of Glenn's Famous Friends
The Quebe Sisters Band
Trouts/Rockwell FaceBook page
Heather Myles Web Site
"No One Is Gonna Love You Better" Duet with Merle Haggard
Up-To-Date Bakersfield city news
Lance Miller YouTube Video, "Bacon Frying"
Merle collection, courtesy Larry Purdy:
A Buck Owens bio
illustrious music career
Bakersfield Music: feature article
"It's Such a Pretty World Today"
"Just Telephone Upstairs"
Listen to the full version of Red Kilby's "That Bakerfield Sound". You'll find the Full CD here.
George Highfill sings "The Music Born in Bakersfield". The CD is available here
Give a listen to Jerry D. Hobbs' new song: "Toe The Mark".
Contact Jerry about this song and his "A 'Workin'" Man's Country" CD.
Video: Tru Country Music
TBS News Archives
TBS CDs, Records Music Archive
TBS E-Mail Archive
Buck Owens in Europe
Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb headline, 1953
Smiley Maxedon, Bill Woods and many others, May, 1955
Roy Nichols, Fuzzy Owens Jam Session, 1966
Kuzzin Herb Show on KBAK TV, 1963
Merle at Bob's Lucky Spot, 1963
Buck and Bakersfield, 1972
Ferlin Husky (large article)
Bonnie Owens at Jamboree, 1970
Haggard, Williams Opry Show, '68
Tommy Collins' New Starday LP. '73
Valley Jamboree, 1955
Red Simpson: (large article)
Don Rich R.I.P.
Kuzzin Herb Anniversary Jamboree
Merle Show, July, 1963
The Ol' Ambassador relaxing at home with Esther and Clementine Marshall. The Boys are Les Paul Standard - American Fender Stratocaster - Ibanez Super Artist.
Trout's Cocktails, Bakersfield, California
Trout's Cocktails in Bakersfield, California. TROUT'S COCKTAILS is a country legend. It is known for its North Bakersfield sound of old time country music. It has a large wooden dance floor and after a few shots of fire water, your feet take over for the night. You can always find the local story tellers, such as the owner, Tom Rockwell who will fill your ear with tales of the past. And when Tom is not around, many of the old locals will fill you in as to why Trout's is the best bar in the world. On many nights, the older country legends will sit in for a set and the music surrounds the room with time long forgotten. One draw back is that there is no food at Trout's, so good drinks, great music and dancing are their main draw. It is the best of the Honky Tonks that remain in the United States. 'Trouts' is something to be experienced so include it as your first stop in Bakersfield, California.
The Lucky Spot
located On Edison Highway in East Bakersfield. I took the picture before they tore the ol' girl down after a fire gutted the interior. This is the club where Merle Haggard got his first job playing lead guitar in band leader Johnny Burnett's band. Johnny told me one night he asked Merle to take over because Johnny needed a rest. Merle said he didn't want to sing but just play guitar but that night he sang and the patrons at the Lucky Spot liked his singing ... and the rest is history ... Glenn J. Pogatchnik