Brokedown In Bakersfield Live! on LP + Download
As much as Nashville and Appalachia, California has a rich country music history. The Golden State’s hills, forests and ocean have beckoned swinging door pickers for as long as there’s been country, luring Gram Parsons to her deserts and Buck Owens to set up his Crystal Palace in the SoCal outskirts. Brokedown in Bakersfield lovingly steps into the boots of these greats, dusting off wonderful workingman’s gems just when folks need to be sent spinning on a red brick floor as pedal steel blows their blues away.
The winning combination of Nicki Bluhm (vocals), The Mother Hips’ Tim Bluhm (vocals, acoustic guitar), six-string maestro Scott Law (Darol Anger, Phil Lesh & Friends) and ALO’s Dan Lebowitz (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Steve Adams (bass, vocals) and Dave Brogan (drums, vocals) was supposed to be a one-off affair but the chemistry of the players and the evident, abundant oomph of these songs packed with the boisterous audiences that have greeted each rare performance since BIB formation in 2011 has kept this labor of love rolling along.
While touring has primarily been in-state, folks now have a chance to hear these new millennial pros dig into classics from Merle Haggard, George Jones, Gram and Wynn Stewart alongside copacetic originals with the release of Brokedown in Bakersfield Live! Captured on tour and massaged into shape by producer Dan Prothero (Mofro, Papa Mali), who’s previously worked with the Bluhm’s on Duets (2011) and Tim’s California Way (2005), is tear-in-your-beer gold.
From the 60’s vinyl cover shot right on through, Brokedown in Bakersfield is pure rubber-on-the-road twang, ideal for chasing down miles on the highway or stirring up heel raising high times. Brokedown in Bakersfield and their first official album transcend nostalgia to showcase music as vibrant, relevant and goddamn delightful as ever in the right hands.
Brokedown In Bakersfield Live! Track Listing:
1. Workin' Man Blues (Merle Haggard)
2. California Cotton Fields (Merle Haggard)
3. My Baby's Gone (Hazel Houser, made famous by Louvin Brothers & George Jones)
4. Cash On The Barrelhead (Charlie and Ira Louvin)
5. Where I Parked My Mind (Tim Bluhm)
6. You're Still On My Mind (George Jones)
7. Sing A Sad Song (Wynn Stewart)
8. Squeaky Wheel (Tim Bluhm)
9. Swinging Doors (Merle Haggard)
10. Luxury Liner (Gram Parsons)