The Bakersfield sound was a reaction to the sweetening of the country music coming out of Nashville in the late 1950’s. It was the polar opposite to the slickly produced, string-laden orchestras that were sucking some of the soul out of much of what was coming out of Nashville at the time. The Bakersfield sounds was more about honky-tonks than theaters, and had a more raw and twangy sound with more rock’n’roll influences and produced stars such as Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Both the Beatles and The Rolling Stones paid homage to the Bakersfield soiund with The beatles covering Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally” and the Stones recording their own Bakersfield tribute in “Far Away Eyes” on the Some Girls album. ALO’s Dan Lebowitz (guitar) and Steve Adams (bass) got to jamming with friends Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips) and his wife, singer Nikki Bluhm and hit on an idea for a playshop at High Sierra last year. They added guitarist Scott Law to the mix and the set was so well received and the band enjoyed themselves so much they decided to make it more of an official side project and have done a string of gigs under the name Brokedown In Bakersfield.

Ben Harper
Railroad Earth
Built To Spill
Toots and The Maytals
Ryan Bingham
Delta Spirit
Heartless Bastards
Big Gigantic
The Devil Makes Three
Deer Tick
Greensky Bluegrass
Garage A Trois
Paper Diamond
The Slip
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
Grupo Fantasma
MarchFourth Marching Band
Mocean Worker
The Motet: Funk Is Dead!
Skerik's Bandalabra
Red Baraat
The TRIO feat. Johnny Vidacovich, Ike Stubblefield and Grant Green Jr.
The Stooges Brass Band
The New Orleans Suspects
Ben Sollee
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Silent Frisco
Nathan Moore
The Lumineers
Marco Benevento
Elephant Revival
Split Lip Rayfield
Birds of Chicago
Brokedown In Bakersfield
Delicate Steve
Gardens & Villa
David Garza
Dead Winter Carpenters
Kids These Days
Y La Bamba
Mike Dillon Band
Steve Poltz
Matt The Electrician
Big Light
The Nibblers
Living Folklore
- Skerik
- Mike Dillon
- "Delicate" Steve Marion
- Sunny Jain (Red Baraat)

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