Southern California country song

Southern California country song

I was driving around yesterday morning with a country music fan. He had on our local country station, Go Country 105. Up came this song, “Days of Gold,” by Jake Owen, about “Southern summers, that sun shinin’ down like Daddy’s silver dollar.” I thought he meant Southern California.

Real country fans wouldn’t check out the printed lyrics. But I did, and it turns out he was crooning about the Southern states, specifically Tennessee in the summer, which is when the song came out, and which is like Southern California in the fall and winter (sort of; maybe not).

The song is on Jake’s new album, also called “Days of Gold,” out next month.

As you may know, Nashville isn’t the only capital of country music. There’s also the Bakersfield Sound, which is rougher and tougher. It’s built around the sonics of old Okies and other Southerners who came out here decades ago to work in the oil fields. Two of the main ones are Merle Haggard, that Okie from Muskogee, and Buck Owens (apparently no relation to Jake Owen).

In his Fullerton shop, Leo Fender invented some of his early guitars to put the twang in the Bakersfield Sound.

Here’s Merle:


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  1. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 24 November, 2013, 09:37

    Well said John!!! Thanks!!

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  2. californianative
    californianative 24 November, 2013, 15:31

    You lost me on this one. A problem Californians have, in general, is thinking everything is about them. Southern summers are hot, bright and muggy. Except for the days, usually twice per week, when it thunderstorms. The lake shown in the video is clearly from the Midwest, South or East as the amount of vegetation exceeds anything you would generally see in the Southwest or Southern California( except for higher elevations). The South is the origin of country music in this country and was imported to California by the “Okies”/ “Arkies” and other Southerners. My father hailed from Oklahoma, he was very much a Southerner, but made the migration to California with his parents and siblings as part of the Great Depression/Dust Bowl Diaspora to California. Many of his children and grandchildren have left or are now leaving California for greener pastures of their own.

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  3. The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit
    The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit 25 November, 2013, 14:44

    Breaking News– Judge Kennedy throws the train under the bus….not what the voters were promised—- seems right.

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