Friday, September 17, 2010
Today is a Day for "The Very Best of Wynn Stewart 1958-62"
I have been on somewhat of a Wynn Stewart jag the last couple of days. Wynn was an early adopter of what would come to be known as the "Bakersfied sound" in C&W music--some of the first country music to incorporate the backbeat and shiny electric instrumentation. He paved the way for the Bakersfield scenesters Buck Owens and Merle Haggard who followed in his musical footsteps. Stewart was born in Missiouri in 1934, moved to California with his family soon after WWII, and died of a heart attack at the age of 51 in 1985 in the middle of an attempted musical comeback. If you want a collection of his material, find yourself a digital or physical copy of this album: The Very Best of Wynn Stewart: 1958-1962.