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Bakersfield sound
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Bakersfield sound

In country music, the Bakersfield sound was a genre developed in the mid- to late 1950s in Bakersfield, California. Bakersfield country was a reaction against the slick, string-laden Nashville sound, which was popular at the time. Artists like Wynn Stewart used electric instrumentation and added a backbeat, as well as other stylistic elements borrowed from rock and roll. In the early 1960s, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, among others, brought the Bakersfield sound to mainstream audiences, and it soon became one of the most popular kinds of country music.

Country music | Country genres
Bakersfield sound - Bluegrass - Close harmony - Country blues - Honky tonk - Jug band - Lubbock sound - Nashville sound - Outlaw country
Alternative country - Country rock - Psychobilly - Rockabilly
Styles of American folk music
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