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Johnny Horton in 1960

The story of country music is intertwined with tragedy. Throughout the history of the genre, its stars have been taken away in sudden and shocking ways. …


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The Bakersfield sound is often defined by the men who where there at the beginning. From the looming shadows of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, to Ralph Mooney’s steal guitar and Roy Nichols’ Telecaster, these country legends have become synonyms with not only the musical movement, but the city of Bakersfield itself. While these musicians are often considered the founding fathers of the sound, it was actually a largely forgotten man, who was the driving force behind the rise of Bakersfield.

Although Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and later, Dwight Yoakam, would reach higher pinnacles of fame, it was Wynn Stewart who pioneered the Bakersfield sound and allowed his peers to have unprecedented success. …


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When country music is at its best, it has the ability to bring out the ethos of communities and cultures that have long since disappeared. …

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