We need your help. We are producing a documentary film to preserve the history of the Bakersfield Sound. This musical style is entirely a creation of musicians who came out of Bakersfield. Not just Buck and Merle, but many others, some who are still performing. Most came here from the Dust Bowl and their unique style changed the sound of country-western music forever. We are currently raising funds to complete the project. To date we have interviewed over 50 of the musicians or relatives of the musicians who created this musical style.
Promo for a documentary film, currently in production, about the Bakersfield Sound, which revolutionized country-western music.
One of our recent projects was the preservation of Merle Haggard's childhood home; a boxcar which his father converted to a home in Oildale, California. Through our efforts it was acquired and moved to Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, where it can be seen and appreciated by all.
We began in 2013 when we donated the Lopez-Hill House to Pioneer Village. This Victorian home was built by J.J. Lopez, the historic figure who ran Tejon Ranch from the late 1800s until the 1930s. Without our efforts, this landmark home would have been lost to history. It is now preserved for all to enjoy at Pioneer Village.
Our current project is the preservation of the history of THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND, the Country-Western musical style which was created in the 1930s & 40s by Dust Bowl immigrants. They came to Bakersfield for a better life, and brought with them a musical style which re-invented country music. Pictured above: The legendary Tommy Hays, with Dianne Sharman and Glenda Rankin, the founders of CITIZENS PRESERVING HISTORY.
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