The Country Legacy Of Bakersfield, California — Or Nashville West

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Bakersfield, California, is known as Nashville West.

The city has a rich country music history, and a massive new box set documents that legacy. It’s called “The Bakersfield Sound: County Music Capital Of The West 1940-1975.”

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with Scott B. Bomar, who wrote the book that comes with the new box set “The Bakersfield Sound.”

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