He lived there less than two years, but to his family, Merle Haggard's home on Brae Burn Drive, four houses down from the Bakersfield Country Club, was the first real tangible evidence that dad was something special. It also meant they could finally be a family again.

Isaiah Morfin is a musician on a mission. Local music fans might recognize the 28-year-old saxophonist from his appearances at shows — sometimes at random — and with his own band, Izzy and the Fins. Whether it was onstage or busking in front of a Target store, Morfin would be there with his …

Warning bells understandably go off when a group is touted as being able to tackle any style of music — rock 'n' roll, roots or secular gospel. It can be like a restaurant with too many dishes on the menu to do any of them well.

Texas and Bakersfield have a lot in common. Not just with our respective oil and agriculture industries, but musically as well: a certain hardscrabble outsider’s perspective that's made our music — and musicians — better inclined to represent and dominate. We had Merle and Buck, they had Wil…

Herb Alpert has worn many hats over his successful — almost charmed — six-decade career. Going over the list of his accomplishments as both a musician and philanthropist reads like a laundry list of greatness. He's one of those rare artists with whom output and success are intimately intertw…

True to form, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's concerts at the Fox Theater on Saturday and Sunday were ragged, passionate and unexpected affairs. These two shows, and the previous three last week at Fresno's Warnor Theater, were billed as "unrehearsed." At times, that's exactly what it felt like…

When assigned to interview Judy Collins — who will perform in Bakersfield Sunday with Stephen Stills — I planned to tell her how much I enjoyed “The Circle Game.” Luckily, with two minutes to spare before our call, I realized that Joni Mitchell wrote that one.

Bakersfield Sound pioneer Fuzzy Owen, who turns 89 on Monday, will be feted with a birthday party at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

For Bakersfield Jazz Festival director Jim Scully, last year’s event — the first without festival founder Doug Davis — provided a glimpse into what works, what needs work, and what has to work in regards to this venerable musical institution.

Country's hitmakers won't be the only award winners KUZZ listeners hear on the radio today. Two of the station's DJs took home an award at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards over the weekend.

First Friday comes back with a vengeance this week and there is truly something for most people — from the pompadoured to the post-hardcore. The next time someone says there's nothing to do here — remember, remember, the sixth of April and tell them to shut the heck up.

In a career that spans five decades and more than 40 albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour has developed a unique balance between the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of youth.