Sunday, February 7, 2010
THEY EVEN HAD THEIR OWN LABEL
Bakersfield International was a short lived record label based in Bakersfield, CA. Started in 1967 by legendary recording artist and songwriter Gary Paxton. He moved there in 1967 to do so. The sessions musicians for the label, were none other than Clarence White(guitar), Gene Parsons(drums, banjo) and Gib Guilbeau(backing vocals, guitar, also later in a version of the Burrito Brothers). The first release: Guilbeau and Parsons: Louisiana rain/sweet suzanna. Second release:Gosdin Brothers: Hangin on/ Multiple heartaches. This release somehow found its way into the top 40, which garnered interest in the duo. Although some of the releases were not the hardcore Bakersfield sound we have come to know and love, they are some great records. And many recorded examples of country music guitar god, Clarence White's mastery of the instrument. An easy collection is the CD release called Tuff and Stringy: this is a collection of many of the sessions Clarence played on. The records themselves are hard to find.