Performers discuss the West Coast country music scene. While living in Bakersfield Kay Adams won the 1965 ACM award for Most Promising Female Vocalist, released the enduring truck-driving hit “Little Pink Mack,” and appeared in the road shows of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Singer Lorrie Collins, a member of the Collins Kids with her brother Larry, exemplified 1950s California rockabilly with colorful costumes, energetic performances, and frequent appearances on the Town Hall Party TV program. Rosie Flores, a highly regarded champion of vintage American roots music, launched her career in Southern California and recorded her 1987 Warner Bros. debut album with producer Pete Anderson. Rose Lee Maphis appeared on West Coast TV broadcasts with her late husband, Joe Maphis, with whom she recorded “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (and Loud, Loud Music)”—a classic inspired by Joe’s visit to Bakersfield honky-tonk the Blackboard Cafe. Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard topped the charts in 1953 with “A Dear John Letter,” the first national hit created by Bakersfield songwriters and musicians. California-based music journalist Scott B. Bomar will moderate. Presented in support of the exhibit The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, Support provided by Academy of Country Music, Ford Motor Company Fund, and SunTrust.
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