Sunday, June 8, 2008






The TV coverage of the farewell Session was covered last night by Jennifer Musa , aside from a Freudian slip with Johnny Cash’s name pronunciation “Johnny Crap” the show and the news story went very well. On Sundays' broadcast Jennifer delivered a flawless report with the same BLT and Hankin' footage on the 5 o'clock news.
“Jennifer Musa joined KGET in October 2006, after falling in love with Kern County. Jennifer is passionate about reporting because she enjoys meeting new people everyday. Prior to working at KGET, Jennifer woke up early and reported on the morning show at KBAK. Jennifer started her broadcasting career at KSWT in Yuma, Arizona, where she was a sports anchor.
Jen was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Broadcasting at Arizona State University and is a hard core Sun Devils fan. That’s why she sits next to fellow Sun Devil Keith Pate in the newsroom.
Jennifer has received five Associated Press awards for her reporting.
When not rushing to make deadline, Jen is most likely playing with her pet turtles, soaking in the sunshine, or eating. You can watch Jennifer on the weekend news at 5 and 11, and during the week out and about reporting the days most talked about stories.”
(17 web site)
The Farewell Session is truly sang from the heart of BlT he has the sand and grit to be a true Bakersfield underground country music legend! A great trbute to the Old Buck Owens Fat Track Studio!
The Farewell Session, an EP featuring a collection of songs written as tributes to the history of the old Buck Owens recording studios which evolved into Fat Tracks, and, eventually into Pig Studio. The solo project was the last to be completed at the very site it pays tribute to, before it closed down. Song: There's a Ghost in this Building (a song about BLT facing off with the spirit or ghost of buck Owens), The Last Man Standing (the story of BLT’s being the last solo act to ever record at the historic fat Track studios of Buck Owens),, Walls of Sound (BLT plays with the tragic end of the historic music land mark), The End of The World ( A songBLT peened about the lonely end of our local record store World Records), and Phat Chance (a play on words about Fat Track Studio, BLT watches the second hand tick away as he goes though a nail biting hold as the last solo act…will someone else slip into the studio and be the last man standing there? This song and “Last Man Standing’). The CD release show at Russo’sBook Store made the Channel 17 News last night. The EP also showcases local guitar hero and recording studio legend Reggie Sangenborfer.
"Dr. B.L.T. (Bruce L. Thiessen, Ph.D.), but you can call me Bruce or Dr. BLT. I'm a singer/songwriter who writes, records, and produces his own music in his own storytelling style, but he also brings in other artists as performers, vocalists, and co-writers who offer their own creative interpretation of his unique style. My music credentials include: recently placing a song on the top 30 at #21 at with a song that has become known as The Black Santa Song; getting national airplay; and having a cameo on an MTV-award-nominated music video by Cake for a song called Short Skirt/Long Jacket. In addition to being a singer/songwriter, I have a day job. I am a clinical/forensic psychologist, a university instructor. I was born and raised in Canada, but I am a dual citizen, a long-time resident of California, and a current resident of Bakersfield. For ten years, I've been write articles that integrate psychological principles and spiritual insights for Vocations and Prayer magazine. For nearly as long, I've been writing an advice column, writing interview/profile pieces, and doing CD reviews for the e-zine, Phantom Tollbooth: I am the "Fan in Black," who wrote and released an entire CD featuring original songs about the life and music of Johnny Cash. If you've visited Russo's at the Marketplace recently, you'll also notice that I've released several other CDs, including Confessions of a Buckaholic, a Buck Owens tribute CD featuring original songs about the life and music of Buck Owens. I listen to, write, and record modern rock, alt rock, retro rock, classic rock, country, alt country and many more styles of music. I write and record a new song almost every day. What can I say? Music rocks! PS: "I am always looking for vocalist and other musician to perform, and record my many many songs. So if you live in the Bakersfield area and would like a chance to record one of my songs please contact me" THIS IS FROM BAKOTOPIA.COM


The CD release of The Buck Owens Studios Farewell Session went on without a hitch. The attendees (I wouldn't exactly call them a crowd) seemed very enthusiastic, often moving to the music (one gentleman was busted breaking out into a very unique dance), and they didn't seem to experience channel 17's news coverage as an interruption, but, rather, as something else to focus their attention on.

I want to thank all who attended for lending their support.

I want to thank Walter Stormont for providing percussion, and Hank Ray for lending his support on lead guitar.

I want to thank Channel 17, KGET for showing the interest, coming out, and doing a very nice piece they did on the event, and the CD, on the evening news.

Above all, I want to thank Russo's Books, and Mike Russo, in particular, for being such gracious hosts. You won't find any local business being as supportive of the local music scene as Russo's.

There will be more CD release parties this summer, in early fall, and in the winter. Stay tuned here for updates on those. "


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World Records and Going Underground outlets added to meet increased CD demand since TV-news coverage
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I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you for your patience. I'm very aware of the increased demand for the Buck Owens Farewell Session CD since Channel 17 covered the CD release party on Saturday, 6/7/8.

We're doing our best to meet the increased demand, and the local record owners are doing their best to accomodate the long lines you've had to stand in for hours in the heat.

Oops, that was just the dreamer side of me talking. In reality, I'm not breaking any record sales with record sales yet on this one. But there have been some of you who have asked how they can get a copy before they're sold out, and since it is well known that I have a marked disdain for fame, and tend to fail to post that sort of information, I'm trying to turn over a new leaf here.

Pat, who has moved his store, World Records to a brand new location, on 1824 G Street, has graciously agreed to a consignment deal, and the CD is now available there. Interestingly enough, the song The End of the World, which appears on the CD, was written right after the story was broken that the record store, once located on Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road, was closing for good.

In addition, Ronald, who runs a place right next door to World Records, over there at 1822 G Street, Going Underground, has also agreed to a consignment deal.

Of course, many of you know that the CD is also available at Russo's at the Marketplace, where it was released on 6/7/8, which is also the title of the title track, with the sub-title of Prelude to Farewell.

Of course, the CD will be available soon at my website. Presently, only a few of the songs can be purchased, as individual songs.

Now I know there's a big dispute right here in Bakersfield over which was the last band/solo artist etc. to record at the old Buck Owens recording studios (known later as Fat Tracks, and then, Pig Studio), and I'm one of the ones being argued about.

To set the record straight, the part of this CD that catures my session was recorded on April 2, 2008, when the studio was officially closed. But things were being wrapped up, and, while no other solo arists has thrown his/her hat in the ring, I'm officially stepping out of the argument. Let history decide. I think the whole argument is both humorous, and, a testimony to the remarkable reputation this studio, and its artists have earned.

God bless everyone who had the pleasure of recording at the old studio that is now an historic site that folks will be talking about for, years, even, decades to come. "

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