Last Okie

26 09 2016

Nashville

RIP.

Uncanny, this song cycled in my digital music collection and I heard it for the first time in more than a year on Saturday.

Bakersfield, California and the surrounding areas was once a country music hotbed because of all the Okies and Arkies that moved there.

And as you can read, country music had its own “the day the music died,” that 1963 plane crash claimed her husband, Hawkshaw Hawkins, a country star of the time in his own right, and also the much more recognized Patsy Cline.  A through line is that Waylon Jennings, who would become a country star, was in Buddy Holly’s band at the time of the better known 1959 “day the music died,” and was not on the plane because he gave up his seat to someone else in the entourage who had the flu.


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