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  • Catching up with Red Simpson, the Bard of Bakersfield

    Catching up with Red Simpson, the Bard of Bakersfield
    Bakersfield country singer-songwriter Red Simpson, 78, has enjoyed a long, distinguished career. A key architect of Bakersfield's crackling, regional musical style, he's had his songs recorded by the biggest names in the business — Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Gram Parsons, Lucinda Williams, even Annette Funicello. Heck, Buck Owens alone cut more than 25 of them during his legendary mid-1960's peak.
  • Music pioneer is seasoned and smart

    Music pioneer is seasoned and smart
    Sue Smart's birthday was three months ago, but she's still celebrating. At 84, the Toluca Lake resident is rather busy in her 50th year as a country-music professional. A longtime fixture on the Bakersfield scene with her late husband Del, Smart has...