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Tom Sizemore Sizing Up Another Jail Cell - E! Online
One was arrested for narcotics and the other [Sizemore] for an outstanding warrant in Bakersfield [Calif.]," says Norma Eisenman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The trouble-prone thespian will remain locked up in the LAPD's...
3-year-old kills brother in accidental shooting -
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A 2-year-old boy died after being accidentally shot by his 3-year-old sister, police in central California say. The girl apparently found a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun under her parents' bed Wednesday afternoon and...
Bakersfield gets to check out fuel-cell vehicles - Bakersfield Californian
Hydrogen vehicles from several automakers stopped in Bakersfield to allow people to test drive vehicles that are powered by electricity made by hydrogen and oxygen. The combination of these gases produces water. Henry A. Barrios / The Californian Todd...
Bakersfield doc pleads no contest to drug charges -
May 27, 2009 3:02 PM (12 hrs ago) AP A Bakersfield doctor has pleaded no contest to felony drug charges as part of an unusual deal over terms of his incarceration. Dr. Jeffrey Freesemann, former chief of staff at San Joaquin Memorial Hospital,...
Bakersfield tops "bad skin" list - Bakersfield Californian says Bakersfield is the worst city for skin in the United States due to our particulate pollution and dry, stagnant weather. We're followed by Houston, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas and Phoenix on the tally of 13 cities total....
Bakersfield Police Officers honored - KGET 17
Three Bakersfield Police Officers were honored for their bravery Wednesday. Officers Dennis Eddy, John Billdt and Eric Littlefield were honored during an award and commendation ceremony at police headquarters. Officer Eddy received the BPD's medal of... - Kern County news, events, shopping & search - Bakersfield Californian
What do you think of the Padre owners asking the city to apply for a grant for the hotel's furniture? If it gets that place back up and running I'm fine with it. The money that hotel will bring in will dwarf a few bucks for furniture. Terrible....
Hockey great Marty McSorely visits Bakersfield -
NHL veteran Marty McSorely is in Bakersfield this week, hosting a three-day hockey camp. McSorely played 17 seasons in the NHL for six different teams; most notably for the Los Angeles Kings. The hockey veteran stressed the "pace of play" among many...
Funeral services for May 28 - Bakersfield Californian
Contact the classified advertising department at 395-7302 or write us at to have your notice published in the next day's paper. Full obituaries with photos are available on the Internet at at 9 pm on the day...
Fuel-cell vehicles make tour stop in Bakersfield - Bakersfield Now
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon) By Staff A convoy of fuel-cell cars and SUVs is stopping Wednesday in Bakersfield for a little show-and-tell session. Twelve vehicles are being driven over nine days from Chula Vista to Vancouver,...

California State University, Bakersfield


California State University, Bakersfield (often abbreviated CSUB or shortened to CSU Bakersfield or Cal State Bakersfield) is a public university located in Bakersfield, California and was founded in 1965. CSUB opened in 1970 on a 375 acre (1.5 km²) campus, becoming the 19th school in the California State University system. The university offers 31 bachelor's, 22 master's degree programs, and one doctoral program, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.).

As of Fall 2002, some 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students attended CSUB, at either the main campus in Bakersfield or the satellite campus, Antelope Valley Center in Lancaster, California.

CSUB owes its founding to the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, which formalized the creation of the CSU-system, initially as the "California State Colleges" system. The areas in the Southern San Joaquin Valley had been demanding a four-year university since the 1950s. After considering several locations, including nearby Delano and parts of Kings and Tulare County, a steering committee decided on Bakersfield because at the time it was the largest isolated metropolitan area in the United States without a four-year university. Their decision was turned into a bill by Bakersfield's State Senator Walter W. Stiern, ratified by the California State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Edmond G. Brown.

Under these rules, the school was founded as California State College, Bakersfield in 1965. It opened for classes in September 1970. In 1982 the California State College system became the California State University system and the school changed to its present name.

The CSUB Roadrunners were part of the NCAA Division II program in all sports but wrestling until 2006. Roadrunner teams formerly competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. For wrestling, CSUB competes in the Pac-10 conference. Men's and women's basketball teams compete at the Rabobank Arena in downtown Bakersfield.

On June 1, 2006, Cal State Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell formally announced that CSUB will be moving the athletics program to Division I and raising $6 million over a five year period for the additional costs. Part of the additional costs is to start a baseball program and women's golf program. During the four-year transition process, CSUB teams will be ineligible to compete for NCAA Championships. CSUB is looking to join the Big West Conference, an all-California conference that includes several former rivals of the Roadrunners.

Rudy Carvajal has been CSUB's Athletic Director since 1972. In 2005, Carvajal received the prestigious CSU Wang Family Award. Under Carvajal's leadership, CSUB has won over 30 national championships and received the Sears Directors Cup in 1998.

On May 17, 2007, CSUB announced that Bill Kernen would be the school's first baseball coach, with the school's first official season beginning in Spring of 2009.

CSUB has more than 90 official student clubs and organizations (including 10 Greek Organizations). The Associated Students Inc. (ASI) is the recognized student government and is known for having an active role on campus. CSUB's campus has a Student Union and an upcoming 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) Recreation Center.

CSUB is predominantly a commuter school, drawing its student body from a mix of recent high school graduates in the local area and working people returning to school or pursuing a degree part-time. In Fall 2006, CSUB received its highest enrollment of first-time freshmen of approximately 820. Many credit the appeal of the "move to Division I" for the increase of younger students. While the majority of students live off-campus, the campus dorms can accommodate up to 324 students, or under 5% of the 2002 enrollment figure of 7,700. Space in the dorms has historically been plentiful, with single-occupancy rooms often available and one entire dorm devoted to faculty offices through the mid 1990s.

The six buildings comprising the dorm complex are each named after locations in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novel: Rivendell, Rohan, Entwood, Numenor, Dobry, and Lorien. Dorm facilities include a first floor lounge in each building, a dining commons, a swimming pool, a sand volleyball court, a pond, and a parking lot. CSUB is in the initial stages of building new dorms (referred to as Living Residences) on the northeast side of campus.

The CSUB Fight Song and Alma Mater were selected through a structured contest initiated by the student government, Associated Students Inc. (ASI). The winner of the Fight Song Contest was a current music student, Gwendolyn Wilcox, and the winner of the Alma Mater Contest was a CSUB alumnus and current high school music instructor, Bill Ingram.

CSUB Victory! Striving on, we face the goal, And will not be denied. Always knowing, courage showing, Strength is on our side. Fighting on we're holding strong With victory in sight, We will prevail, we will not fail to win the fight! C-S-U-B, CSUB Victory!

Long Live CSUB The blue and gold stands high for honor, Thanks to all its pride. We stand to pay respect and glory, For us all to guide. We are proud to shine above the mountains, And across the sea. Salute the blue and gold traidtion, Long live C-S-U-B.

In September 2004, CSUB adopted a new mission statement, referred to as the "Vision of Excellence," under the leadership of the university President, Dr. Horace Mitchell.

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Bakersfield Police Department

Bakersfield, CA Police patch

The Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) is the police department responsible for law enforcement within the City of Bakersfield, California in the United States. It has over 400 officers and staff, covering an area of 131 square miles (296.3 km2) serving an urban population of more than 450,000. The current chief of the department as of 2004 is William Rector. The department protects the city, split between two areas: West area and East area with stations in each area aside from the main department headquarters. The department administration is made up of the chief of department, one assistant chief, four captains and eleven lieutenants.

The department headquarters are located at 1601 Truxtun Ave. The west area station is located at 1301 Buena Vista Rd. The east area station is located at East 11th St. The department shooting range is located on Truxtun Ave. with the K-9 training school next door to the range. The department training academy is located on Norris Rd in conjunction with the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

The Bakersfield Police Department traces its origin to the incorporation of the City of Bakersfield in 1898. On January 13, 1898 the Bakersfield City council instituted the Bakersfield City Marshal's Office with Thomas A. Baker as its first Marshal. The police department was itself incorporated on February 27, 1915 with Jacob Horace Dupes as Chief of police.

On July 3, 1941, The Bakersfield Police Department accepted its first female officer with the hiring of Mary Holman Dodge. In January 1953, the department established a female reserve component to assist with staff duties and material operations.

In August 1973, the department established the Bomb Squad unit with one operator in order to deal with the emerging threat of explosive ordinance in the city.

In June 1988, the department started its K-9 unit, consisting of five officers and 5 working dogs. On February 8, 1994, the Bakersfield Police Activities League was established for at risk youth in the city. On July 8, 2003, the Bakersfield Police Department started a School Resource Officer program by assigning a small detail to local city elementary schools.

In July 2003, the BPD investigated one of Bakersfield's most heinous and high profile crimes; The Harper family murders. The killing of two adults and three children in their own home sparked international media coverage and an investigation that would cross the entire United States. The BPD was able to solve the case and make an arrest of one of the victims husband, Vincent Brothers. On May 15, 2007, Brothers was convicted of the crime of murder in the first degree. The conviction was due to the efforts of the investigations bureau of the Bakersfield Police Department.

The Bakersfield Police Department employs the latest in uniforms, equipment and vehicles.

The BPD basic patrol uniform is compromised of 5.11 Tactical B Class uniform in midnight navy blue. Traffic officers wear a similar uniform, the only difference being the thicker motorcycle pants with a gold and blue braid stripe running the length of the pant leggs and long black riding boots. Patrol officers, during spring/summer seasons are authorized the wear of either white or navy blue polo shirts with the department badge embroidered. 5.11 Tactical shorts in midnight navy are also authorized during hot weather conditions. K-9 officers are authorized to wear black 5.11 Tactical tactical duty uniforms. All officers in uniform or working field assignments wear Second Chance Level II body armor.

Standard uniform equipment consists of Bianchi International AccuMold Elite duty gear with a Safariland Model 6285 Belt Drop, Level II Retention holster, First Defense MK-4 Large Duty Size pepper spray, Taser International X-26 taser, ASP, Inc. 21 inch expandable baton or Diamondwood straight stick baton, and two sets of Peerless chain link handcuffs. Motorola hand held radios are standard carry.

The BPD Special Enforcement Unit uses most of the same uniforms and equipment as stated above, but are also allowed civilian clothing for undercover operations. Raid vests are used for executing warrant searches and field assignments.

The BPD Civil Distrubance Team wears black 5.11 Tactical two piece tactical duty uniforms, Galls Upper Body Protection System foam chest protectors, Bell RS100 tactical helmets, MSA Advantage 1000 CBA/RCA gas masks, and Galls shin guards. Flex-cuffs are standard carry for riot situations.

The BPD Bomb Squad wears black Nomex battle dress uniforms with subdued gray tactical department patches for operations involving the unit. The Bomb Squad uses the First Defense EOD Bomb Disposal Suit for its EOD operations as well as two bomb disposal robots.

The BPD SWAT team wears black Nomex two piece battle dress uniforms with subdued gray tactical department patches, PROTECH Cover 6 Plus Level III-A modular body armor, MSA Advantage 1000 CBA/RCA gas masks, and Safariland 6004 tactical holsters. Black MICH ballistic helmets are worn during operations.

All police officers of the Bakersfield Police Department are issued a department standard sidearm. The current issue weapon is the GLOCK model 22 .40 S&W handgun.

Patrol officers of the BPD are given the option of carrying either a Remington model 870 12-gauge shotgun or a Colt AR-15 5.56 mm Government carbine as a vehicle stationed arm.

The BPD Civil Distubance Team uses a variety of non-lethal riot control weapons. These include Penn Arms 40mm multi-launcher Riot gun firing rubber, wood, or riot-control agents, Precision Ordnance Products 'Stingball' grenades, Defense Technology 'Han-Ball' and 'Tripple Chaser' CS grenades, 12 gauge bean-bag, rubber and wood rounds fired from Remington 870 shotguns, TASER International X-26 tasers, and Monadnock polycarbonate riot batons, and 48" x 24" x 1/8" concave plastic riot shields.

The BPD SWAT team uses the Colt model M-4 5.56 mm carbine with Aimpoint sights and SureFire M900A vertical foregrip weapon lights with one weapon issued with an M203 40 mm grenade launcher for less-lethal ordinance, Benelli model M-1 Tactical Entry 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun with ghost ring sights and Surefire handle mounted tactical lights, a Remington model 870 12-gauge pump shotgun for entry\less-lethal ordinance and a Penn Arms 40mm multi-launcher Riot gun firing rubber, wood, or riot-control agents. SWAT snipers use customized Remington model 700 Police 7.62 mm bolt action rifles with Leupold scopes. Enrty teams use Defense Technology No.25 distraction devices as well as 'Han-Ball', 'Tripple Chaser' and 40mm lanunched CS grenades.

The Bakersfield Police Department operates Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors as a standard patrol vehicle. The cruisers are in the standard black and white configuration with Code 360 light bars, MX700s and newer Code 3 LED Lightbars. All BPD cruisers are equipped with Microsoft Windows based mobile data terminals and Motorola console communication radios.

The BPD Traffic unit operates Harley Davidson Electra Glide-Police motorcycles in standard black and white configuration with Motorola communication radios. They also operate standard patrol cruisers with dash mounted radar for use during inclement weather.

The BPD Investigations Bureau uses Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors in civilian color schemes equipped with Microsoft Windows based mobile data terminals, Motorola communication radios and dash mounted emergency lights, as well as numerous civilian vehicles for clandestine operations.

The BPD Special Operations Unit operate Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors in the standard black and white configuration with CODE 360 light bars. They are equipped with Microsoft Windows based mobile data terminals and Motorola console communication radios as well as dash mounted emergency lights.

The BPD Patrol Service Technicians operate Ford F-150 and Dodge Dakota pickups in all white configuration with department logos. All pickups come equipped with Motorola console communication radios as well as various traffic control tools and devices.

The BPD also operates various specialized vehicles for different operations. These include a Ford Expedition for commercial vehicle operations, six BMW G 650 Xchallenge dirt bikes for off-road and river patrol use, one Yamaha Rhino 4x4 utility vehicle for off-road and river patrol use, Ford and Chevrolet Econoline and Spartan vans for crime scene, crime prevention, prisoner transport use, one GMC C-Series Heavy Duty armored car for use by the Bomb Squad, one Freightliner Trucks LDV mobile command post for use in emergency operations, one specialized MT-55 ladder van truck for use by the BPD SWAT team, and one Lenco BearCat armored rescue vehicle for use in emergency recovery and SWAT operations. All vehicles are adorned with the Bakersfield Police name and logo.

The Bakersfield Police Department has had a variety of training academies through out its existence. While most of the academies were run by the BPD with the goal of training solely BPD officers, there has been two occasions when the department, for fiscal reasons, joined with another agency to fund and run a joint academy to train multiple agency officers. The most recent incarnation that the BPD operated was the Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy located on the grounds of Bakersfield College, which began operations in January 1999 and culminated with the graduating of Class 01/99 on June 5, 1999. The Academy continued to train officers for Bakersfield Police and other agencies until 2008 when a fiscal crisis demanded that the department once again be joined with the Kern County Sheriff Department to train law enforcement officers. Currently both the BPD and the KCSD command the Kern Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, located on Norris Rd. The KRLETA is accredited by and follows the criteria set forth by the California commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training.

Since the establishment of the Bakersfield Police Department, seven officers have given their lives in service to the City of Bakersfield.

The Bakersfield Police Department has established an informational website that allows the citizens of Bakersfield the opportunity to be involved in solving criminal cases within the Bakersfield community. The "Bakersfield Police Open-Case Files" is a continuously updated website that permits citizens to review open and unsolved cases and report any and all information that they may have that may assist the department in solving cold cases and leading to the arrest and conviction of outstanding criminals.

The Bakersfield Police Department provides an informational website that tracts the crime rates in the city. "Bakersfield Police Crime Statistics" is an interactive website that provides the statistics for crime reporting and calls for service in a given area. Users of the site can locate their area within the city of Bakersfield and see the the level of crime for a particular date. The site lists areas by maps, calls for service levels and the location of crimes that have occurred.

The Bakersfield Police Department has authorized the establishment of a multimedia informational website other than their official city website. The "BPDInsider" is a monthly updated website that provides topics of interest and question that can be answered about the Bakersfield Police Department. The sight was fully operational as of March 12, 2008.

The Bakersfield Police Activities League maintains a website dedicated to their efforts to prevent juvenile delinquency by providing skills through education, athletics and opportunities to at risk youth.

The Bakersfield Police Officers Association maintains a website dedicated to the department's police officer union as well as giving information to the general public about officer activities and events.

The Bakersfield Police Department has been criticized over the years as being a department that relies on heavy handed tactics and over use of force when dealing with crime. A number of complaints by criminals, suspects, families of people involved in investigations by the BPD as well as witnesses have surfaced in recent years. Complaints of excessive force, racial profiling, harassment and delays in response for calls for service have been levied against the department.

In March 2001, Tony Eddington and Robert Johnson were stopped in the city of Bakersfield for a traffic violation. The two men, who are black, say they were ordered to strip from their clothing inorder to be searched on the roadside. The men contend the search was racially motivated. The two men sued the BPD for damages exceeding $350,000.00. The BPD settled out of court for an undisclosed sum and have since installed a permanent policy detailing rules on when officers may conduct strip searches in the field.

There have been many complaints against the BPD for excessive use of force. Most notably is when there is an officer involved shooting. Many critics of the department have made the charge of shooting first, asking questions later and firing too many rounds at suspects. A federal probe of the BPD was begun in July 2003. The probe would seek information and investigate some 47 complaints against the BPD for use of force and racial profiling. In January 2008, the United States Department of Justice cleared the Bakersfield Police Department of any wrong doing stemming from the complaints. The Bakersfield Police Department is an aggressive department which utilizes fair and lawful tactics when faced with situations.

In 2004, newly promoted chief William Rector discontinued the department policy that had allowed BPD officers to use leather covered lead saps as secondary impact weapons in addition to the standard batton. The BPD was one of the last departments in the state of California to still allow the use leather covered saps.

All rules on use of force for officers have now been compiled into a manual. The reporting system is now more defined. For example, when an officer uses force at a scene, the sergeant makes a report that is put into a system.

The department added a written policy dictating that pepper spray may only be used closer than three feet from the subject under extreme circumstances. And it added a written policy on decontaminating someone after they get pepper-sprayed.

Officers should not put themselves in the path of a moving vehicle that creates the necessity to shoot at a vehicle.

The internal affairs section and detective division investigate officer-involved shootings. One department used to investigate officer-involved shootings.

An officer with a K-9 must warn a suspect before releasing the dog.

On July 5, 2008, it was announced that the BPD will begin using polygraphs as a part of the hirning process to become an officer with the department. The BPD had resisted the concept for several years as other California agencies were introducing polygraphs into their background investigations of law enforcement new hires. The new policy will take effect in early 2009.

A television sitcom entitled Bakersfield P.D. aired on the FOX network during the 1993-1994 season. It dealt with life inside the Bakersfield Police Department, portraying the department as an incompetent, backwoods police force. It starred Chris Mulkey, Tony Plana, and Brian Doyle-Murray.

The Clint Eastwood movie Any Which Way You Can featured scenes in the city of Bakersfield with a hilarious car chase scene involving Bakersfield Police officers.

A fourth season episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "Dead Ringer", featured a secondary murder plot involving a female Bakersfield Police detective as a possible suspect.

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Bakersfield Brigade

Brigade's current stadium at Bakersfield Christian High School

Bakersfield Brigade is an American soccer team, founded in 2005. The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, and plays in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference against teams from Azusa, Fresno, Irvine, La Mirada, Lancaster, Los Angeles, Ogden, Provo and Ventura.

The team plays its home games in the stadium on the campus of Bakersfield Christian High School in the city of Bakersfield, California. The team's colors are black and white.

The team also fields a team in the USL’s Super-20 League, a league for players 17 to 20 years of age run under the United Soccer Leagues umbrella.

The Brigade is coached by 8-year MLS veteran Francisco Gomez. Gomez was a member of the U-17 and U-20 US national team, and played in the 2000 MLS Cup game for Kansas City Wizards. Former US national team star and ESPN broadcaster Eric Wynalda is a current member of the Brigade squad.

The Brigade made their debut in PDL competition in 2005 under head coach Jay Gore, but lost their first competitive game 1-0 to the visiting California Gold. During their first season, Brigade were generally better on the road than they were at home, registering victories over San Diego, Nevada and Southern California Seahorses. Brigade missed out on qualifying for the post-season, finishing 5th in the division and ranked 32nd nationally, despite a comprehensive last-day victory over California Gold. Their season top scorer was CSU Bakersfield striker Lyle Martin, who notched up 5 goals.

2006 was a similar story. A strong season start saw the Brigade register victories over San Diego and Southern California Seahorses, but inconsistency at home in the mid-season again ended the team's playoff hopes fairly early, following five defeats in six games at their home home at Bakersfield Christian High School. Brigade finished the season in 7th place; Lyle Martin again led the team's offense, registering 9 goals and 2 assists.

2007 saw a change in leadership and a change in goalkeeper - Jay Gore was replaced by 8-year MLS veteran Francisco Gomez as head coach, USMNT legend Eric Wynalda came on board as an advisor, and shot-stopper Kyle Reynish was drafted by Real Salt Lake; early season, the Brigade's new team seemed to be working, with season-opening victories over Fresno Fuego and Orange County Blue Star bringing them a first ever US Open Cup qualification. Sadly, Brigade's cup dreams ended with a first round 2-0 defeat to USL-1 side Portland Timbers. Similarly, a late-season collapse ended Brigade's playoff hopes quickly - the team suffered six defeats in seven games, including a 5-0 demolition away to Los Angeles Storm, despite Wynalda taking to the field himself for 24 minutes in the Storm return fixture. Brigade finished the season in 8th place; top scorer Santiago Aguilera Navarro scored an impressive 8 goals and 5 assists.

The 2008 pre-season was one of unprecedented anticipation, after it was announced that Eric Wynalda had signed to play the entire season for the Brigade; however, yet again, the on-field performances were disappointing for the men from Kern County. Five ties and just one win - 1-0 over Southern California Seahorses - in their first six games left the Brigade with a lot of ground to make up in the second half of the season. Back to back wins over Orange County Blue Star and Ventura County Fusion in mid-June kept their slim playoff chances alive, but four defeats in their last six games, including a 3-1 loss to struggling Orange County Blue Star, left Brigade seventh in the table, out of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, and eleven points behind eventual divisional champions, the San Fernando Valley Quakes. Quincy Amarikwa was top scorer, with four goals on the season; Eric Wynalda ultimately featued in just three games, clocking 159 minutes.

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Bakersfield sound

The Bakersfield sound was a genre of country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California. Bakersfield country was a reaction against the slickly-produced, string orchestra-laden Nashville Sound, which was becoming popular in the late 1950s. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos and Merle Haggard and the Strangers are the most successful artists of the original Bakersfield sound era.

The Bakersfield sound was developed at honky-tonk bars such as The Blackboard, and on local television stations in Bakersfield and throughout California in the 1950s and 1960s. The town, known mainly for agriculture and oil production, was the destination for many Dust Bowl migrants and others from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and other parts of the South. The mass migration of "Okies" to California also meant that their music would follow and thrive, finding an audience in California's Central Valley. One of the first groups to make it big on the west coast was the Maddox Brothers and Rose, who were the first to wear outlandish costumes and make a "show" out of their performances.

Bakersfield country was a reaction against the slickly-produced, string orchestra-laden Nashville Sound, which was becoming popular in the late 1950s. Artists like Wynn Stewart used electric instruments and added a backbeat, as well as other stylistic elements borrowed from rock and roll. In 1954 Bud Hobbs MGM recording artist, recorded "Louisiana Swing" with Buck Owens on lead guitar, Bill Woods on Piano and dual fiddles of Oscar Whittington and Jelly Sanders. "Louisiana Swing" was the first song recorded in the style known today as the legendary "Bakersfield Sound." In the early 1960s, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, among others, brought the Bakersfield sound to mainstream audiences, and it soon became one of the most popular kinds of country music, also influencing later country stars such as Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, The Mavericks, and The Derailers.

Two important British Invasion-era rock bands also displayed some Bakersfield influences. The Beatles recorded a popular version of Owen's Act Naturally. Years later, The Rolling Stones made their connection explicit in the lyrics of the very Bakersfield-sounding Far Away Eyes, which begins: "I was driving home early Sunday morning, through Bakersfield ...".

The Bakersfield Sound has such a large influence on the West Coast music scene that many small guitar companies set up shop in Bakersfield in the 1960's. The biggest of significance was the Mosrite guitar company that still influences rock, country, and jazz music to this day. The famed Mosrite company was stationed in Bakersfield until the death of the company's founder, Oildale resident Semie Moseley, in the mid-1990's.

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos developed it further, incorporating different styles of music to fit his music tastes. The music style features a raw set of twin Fender Telecasters with a picking style (as opposed to strumming), a big drum beat, and fiddle, with an occasional "in your face" pedal steel guitar. The Fender Telecaster was originally developed for country musicians to fit in with the Texas/Western Swing style of music that was popular in the Western US following World War II. The music, like Owens, was rebellious for its time and is dependent on a musician's individual talents and spirit, as opposed to the elaborate orchestral production common with Nashville style country music. Bakersfield Sound musicians perform in the studio as they do on stage, with the same instruments and style they use every day, and do not depend on elaborate studio production techniques when recording their music.

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, as well as Merle Haggard and the Strangers are the most successful artists of the original Bakersfield Sound era. Love of the Bakersfield Sound has never died, carried on by artists such as Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers in the 1960s-70s, Highway 101, The Desert Rose Band, and Marty Stuart in the 1980s and '90s, and Big House, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, The Derailers, The Mavericks, Dale Watson, Brad Paisley, and many more in recently decades. To one degree or another, most of today's successful country acts depend on The Nashville West or Bakersfield Sound revival style for their success. The magazines No Depression and Blue Suede News regularly feature Bakersfield Sound enthusiasts, while podcasts such as Radio Free Bakersfield carry on the tradition online.

One of the last real Bakersfield honky-tonk style bar is Trout's Nightclub and Saloon in Oildale just north of Bakersfield. Trout's recently added a new room addition & stage called "the Blackboard," named after one of Bakersfield's most famous and infamous honky-tonks. Buck Owens Crystal Palace is the largest and most expensive local country-western venue, hosting the biggest touring acts. Fishlips has another local stage that hosts Bakersfield Sound live music acts.

Musicians from Bakersfield's musical golden era who are still playing locally include Red Simpson and Tommy Hays. Newer local artists who are grounded in the old style but add rock and roll and rockabilly include Monty Byrom, Fattkatt and the Von Zippers, Hot Taco's Chuck Seaton, and The Dusk Devils. 800 Lb. Gorilla mixes the Bakersfield Sound with cowpunk in the style of Hank III, while traditionalists Bobby Durham play regularly at Trout's.

Bakersfield residents (the late) Slim the Drifter, Steve Davis and Stampede, Terry Hanson and Dr. BLT are also part of the new Bakersfield Sound. Continuing supporters of Bakersfield's historical and new-country musical tradition include Glenn Pogatchnik and Bob Timmers of Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Bakersfield Californian columnist Robert Price, Bakersfield musician and writer Matt Munoz of Bakotopia and Mento Buru, Rockwell and Aaron Lasky, who promote Bakersfield Sound and Trout's activities, local writer N.L. Belardes, and Sharon Marie, daughter of Bakersfield Western singer and entertainer Carolina Cotton.

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