The Other Side of Bakersfield CDs (Bear Family Records)
"Los Angeles-based music writer Scott B. Bomar has done it again, packaging music and words in a pair of compilations that offer new insights into the development of the Bakersfield Sound." - Robert Price, from his Bakersfield Californian review
"Whether motivated by pure, pointy-headed historical curiosity or the desire to throw a hoedown in your living room, both volumes of The Other Side of Bakersfield are worth grabbing for a good time on a Saturday night." - Randy Fox, from his Nashville Scene review.
"This is indeed part of the forgotten era in Bakersfield. For a brief moment, the town was overrun with rockabilly cats and country grifters trying to strike it rich yesterday and this dynamite compilation collects all those oddballs, making for a vital piece of popular music history." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, from his 4.5 star All Music review of Vol. 2.
Bear Family Records recently released two volumes of Bakersfield rockabilly, boogie, hillbilly bop and teen rock featuring pioneers of country music's Bakersfield Sound, including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Ferlin Husky, Red Simpson, Tommy Collins, Bill Woods, Billy Mize, Fuzzy Owen and Herb Henson. Produced by Scott, these collections highlight Bakersfield, California’s artists and independent labels that dared to indulge their rockin’ impulses. From familiar names to collector favorites, this is the story of another side of the town that went on to forge its own musical subgenre. With detailed liner notes and track-by-track commentary by Scott, biographical details about the artists, and a plethora of photos, these carefully compiled collections are a treasure trove of goodies for fans of the Bakersfield Sound, 1950s and '60s era hillbilly boppers, and red-hot rockabilly. Both Volume One and Volume Two are available at Amazon.
Library of Congress' National Recording Registry
Every year the Library of Congress preserves 25 recordings in the National Recording Registry that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." Currently the Library of Congress is building a website with essays on each of the 400 recordings that have already been selected by the National Recording Preservation Board for inclusion in the Registry. Scott is writing three articles for the project, spotlighting Buck Owens' live album at Carnegie Hall, Booker T. & The M.G.'s Green Onions album, and Al Green's single, "Let's Stay Together." Stay tuned for further details on the launch of the full site.
"Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound" Film
Scott is an Associate Producer of director William J. Saunders' documentary film about California country music pioneer Billy Mize. Scott also appears as an interview subject in the film, which details the life and career of Mize, and his role in the development of the Bakersfield Sound. Premiering at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, the movie has earned positive attention from the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter. Find out more at the official website.
Gibson Guitars' Southern Rock Timeline
In coordination with the launch of the Gibson Custom Shop's Southern Rock Tribute Les Paul, Scott wrote a Southern rock timeline for the legendary guitar manufacturer. The timeline was displayed on headstock shaped plaques at the official launch event, and can be seen in the background of this photo of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington. A more developed version of the timeline was posted to Gibson's website. Read Scott's full article here.
Scott's Article on Red Simpson for the Bakersfield Californian
On March 6th, 2014 Red Simpson celebrated his 80th birthday at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. Scott was on hand to cover the event in words and photos for the Bakersfield Californian newspaper. Click here to read the full text of the article on the newspaper's website.
Hank Thompson Box Set (Bear Family Records)
"This is more than a worthwhile collection and well worth investigating, both for long time fans, and those who've never heard this legendary performer." - Alan Cackett in his 4.5 star review.
"As this big box proves, he was a warm, robust, cheerful vocalist who made sweet music." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine in his 4 star review for All Music.
Bear Family Records released its second Hank Thompson box set on December 3, 2013. The Pathway Of My Life: 1966-1986 picks up where the previous collection ended and includes all of Thompson's post-Capitol recordings for Warner Bros., Dot, ABC, Churchill, and MCA/Dot. The 8-CD collection was produced by Scott, and chronicles the era when Hank experimented with new sounds while repeatedly returning to the unparalleled brand of honky-tonk infused western swing that made him a legend. The box set features all the hits from that era, along with every album track, and dozens of rarities and overlooked gems that have never been available on CD before. In addition to the music, it includes a 124-page hardcover book featuring a complete discography of Hank's recordings from that period, dozens of photos from his personal scrapbooks, and an in-depth essay by Scott drawn from nearly twenty new interviews with those closest to Hank. You can purchase the Hank box at Amazon.com. See below for additional details, and to hear samples of the music!
Red Simpson Box Set (Bear Family Records)
In March of 2012, Bear Family Records released a 5-disc box set, produced by Scott, chronicling the career of Red Simpson. Simpson made a name for himself in country music with a string of blacktop anthems like "Roll Truck Roll," "The Highway Patrol," "I'm a Truck," and "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" that helped popularize the romanticized image of the trucker as a modern-day cowboy of the open road. But there was much more to Red Simpson. Raised in Bakersfield, California, Red was at the center of the vibrant honky-tonk scene that spawned Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Buck and Merle recorded more than 40 of Simpson's songs, including Top 10 hits like "Gonna Have Love," "Sam's Place," "Kansas City Song," "Close Up The Honky Tonks," and "You Don't Have Very Far To Go." This set includes all Simpson's recordings from 1957 until 1984, giving a comprehensive look at the artist Bob Dylan called "the forgotten man of Bakersfield.'' The set includes 26 previously unissued songs, with the majority of the other recordings available on CD here for the first time. Also included is a 108-page hardcover book featuring a complete discography, many previously unseen photos, and a detailed biography by Scott documenting the colorful and sometimes volatile career of the truck music poet. The New York Times selected the Red Simpson box as a "Critic's Pick" in their roundup of the best CD box sets of the year, while the staff at All Music Guide listed it as one of their "Favorite Box Sets of 2012." Additionally, All Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who gave the set an excellent 4.5 star review, selected it on his personal blog as his #1 choice among his "Favorite Reissues of 2012." Buy it now at Amazon.com, or check out the video below to preview the set and hear some of the great music!
The Bakersfield Sound at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Scott's essay, "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Loud, Loud Music: The Story of the Bakersfield Sound," appears in the companion book to the exhibit. You can buy your own copy via Amazon.com.
On March 24, 2012 Scott moderated a panel discussion at the Hall of Fame featuring Bakersfield Sound pioneers Red Simpson, Dallas Frazier, Rose Lee Maphis, Don Maddox (of the Maddox Brothers and Rose), and Buddy Mize. See the video here:
On December 15, 2012 Scott returned to Nashville to moderate a second panel discussion called "California Angels: The Women of West Coast Country," featuring Rose Lee Maphis, Lorrie Collins (of the Collins Kids), Jean Shepard, Kay Adams, and Rosie Flores. See the video here:
On Saturday, December 7, 2013 Scott traveled to Nashville once again to moderate a third panel discussion called The Buckaroos: Making Music With Buck Owens. The panelists included Buck's son Buddy Alan Owens, author Randy Poe, and Buckaroos Willie Cantu, Doyle Curtsinger, Jim Shaw, and Terry Christoffersen. That same day, Scott interviewed Randy Poe for a public "book talk" event at the Hall of Fame exploring the book "Buck 'Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens," co-credited to Randy. See the video here:
Leiber & Stoller Music Archives Project
In 2012-2013 Scott completed a project for Leiber and Stoller Music organizing and archiving their files, tapes, and various treasures collected during a 60+ year partnership. The team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote classic songs such as "Hound Dog," "Kansas City," "Jailhouse Rock," "Stand By Me," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "On Broadway," "Love Potion #9," "Young Blood," "Is That All There Is?," and many more that led to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As businessmen, Leiber and Stoller published hits including "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Fever," "Chantilly Lace," "The Twist," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Then He Kissed Me," "Be My Baby," Do Wah Diddy Diddy," "Good Lovin'," "Chapel of Love," "Under the Boardwalk," "Summer in the City," and "Happy Together."