bands/musicians The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists  

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In the illustrious history of country music, there have been a handful of cities that have spawned a particular movement that has changed the genre. Bakersfield, Ca is one of those rare cities. Outlaw country music, also known to some as the Bakersfield sound, was a reaction to the slicked up sound that was emanating from Nashville that was more pop friendly. Some of the best outlaw country artists are from the small California outpost. The sound, which is a mix of honky-tonk and rock n roll, created some of the biggest names in country music.

So, who are the best Bakersfield sound artists? It's not an easy question to answer, but at or around the top needs to be Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Both of these universally recognized singers are closely associate with the Bakersfield sound and their legacies have endured over the years. Their music is distinct enough to help the Bakersfield sound become more popular with people outside of the area. While those two musicians are easily the most familiar, there are also a slew of other artists who helped bring the Bakersfield sound to the masses.

This list of Bakersfield sound artists seeks to determine who can be considered the best musician to emerge from the California city. If you think someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Bakersfield sound bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Bakersfield sound musician ever?" It's up to you to decide who should wear the crown.(14 items)

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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Merle Haggard Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Buck Owens Bakersfield sound, Country

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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
kath added Dwight Yoakam Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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The Buckaroos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
The Buckaroos Bakersfield sound, Rockabilly, Country

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Wynn Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Wynn Stewart Bakersfield sound, Country

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Bill Kirchen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Bill Kirchen Bakersfield sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Red Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
AlanSmith1 added Red Simpson Country

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Tommy Collins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Tommy Collins Bakersfield sound, Country

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Jean Shepard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Jean Shepard Bakersfield sound, Honky-tonk, Country

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Hacienda Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Hacienda Brothers Americana, Bakersfield sound, Rock music

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Chris Gaffney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Chris Gaffney Bakersfield sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Doyle Holly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Doyle Holly Bakersfield sound, Rockabilly, Country

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Dave Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
Dave Gonzalez Bakersfield sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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The Paladins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bakersfield Sound Bands/Artists
The Paladins Bakersfield sound, Rock music, Rockabilly