The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music (Paperback)
The aesthetic known as the Bakersfield Sound transformed country music, its hard edge a stark contrast to Nashville'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 Sound's significance is underappreciated except among hardcore fans and music historians. Few recognize how this California country music not ony countered a Nashville hit-seeking machine that had gone adrift, but also portended acultural shift that touched mainstream America.
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