Face it, country music is in sad shape in 2011. CMT is a parade of half-talents spouting clichés with a sound closer to Jimmy Buffett and Garth Brooks than Waylon and Hank Sr. Enter West Coast true country revivalists Brokedown In Bakersfield with a sound so good it’d make dear departed Buck Owens hop up to play one more set at the Crystal Palace. Some of the West’s best play in BIB, which brings together ALO’s Lebo (pedal steel), Steve Adams (bass) and Dave Brogan (drums) with The Mother Hips’ Tim Bluhm (acoustic guitar, vocals), his lovely songbird wife Nicki Bluhm (vocals) and Telecaster master Scott Law. The group set out on a California tour today in San Luis Obispo, CA and continue through November 23rd in San Francisco. Check out the tour schedule here, and get your butt to a gig if you’re in the Golden State.
Here’s a taste of Brokedown in action, as well as a dab of their inspirations.